We had the good fortune of connecting with Fred Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Fred, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am originally from White House, Jamaica. I moved to the US when I was five years old. Being raised by a single mother, I saw mom’s struggle to make a better life for my sister and me. This has always propelled me to try the best that I can and follow my passions. I never wanted to waste the opportunity she gave me. The reason I am here is that she wanted better for me. So, I took that drive and threw it into everything I do, whether it be my work or family. Today when I write, I write from a place of truth and transparency hoping that with me sharing my story or ideas or thoughts, that I can help motivate someone else to do the same.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My writing focuses on the human experience. It discusses things that we all go through, questions we might ask. I also talk about my experiences as an African American man living in this world we are currently living in, what it was like to grow up with the challenges that I have faced. I write to inspire others and to show people that they aren’t alone.

It has been a process to work to be this transparent with the world through my writing. It definitely wasn’t easy. I found that writing gave me a chance to express what I didn’t think I could say out loud. I had to surround myself with loving and encouraging people that would give me words of wisdom but also hit me with the truth when I needed it.

I have learned a lot of lessons along the way. Not everyone will wish you well. That’s why it was important to me to have a good support system around me. I have learned that giving up seems really easy but pushing throw is so much more rewarding. And lastly, I have learned that sometimes it takes falling hard or starting over to get to where you want to be. I want the world to know that my work is for everyone. My story has something that a lot of people can relate to. The purpose of what I do is to bring people together as we all strive for the common goal of making this world a better place when we leave it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first place I would say to check out is Miami, specifically Wynwood. There are so many cool food spots to check out and the murals are amazing. Another one of my favorite spots I would recommend everyone check out is Shimuja Ramen in Southwest Ranches. Their food is amazing but I love going there specifically for the ramen. I am a huge fan of Asian-style cuisine and if you are looking for dinner and a show, I would check out Jaya at the Setai. Not only is the restaurant beautiful but the vibe is everything. If you are looking for a nice relaxing day mixed with a little history, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are so scenic and beautiful.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to the numerous people that I have come across throughout the years that have not only given me words of wisdom but have also been that source of encouragement when I doubted myself. One of those people is Chris. He was one of the first people I ever showed my work to and has been instrumental in not only pushing me to keep going but being there every step of the way in the process. Lastly, and most importantly, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank God for this wonderful talent he has given me and for allowing me to use it so my voice can be heard.

Instagram: @fred_poetichero

Image Credits
Rodney Gonzales Ramses Terrero

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