Charles “Sircharlesthepoet” Joseph Augustin was born in Haiti. In 2008, Charles moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he started his creative writing career. After 2 years of writing songs, Charles changed his focus to writing poetry. Charles is the author of “How I Escaped Engineering School”—a record of poems about switching his college major from mechanical engineering—and “Black and White”—a collection of poems about racial oppression in America. Charles doesn’t write about a specific topic—he writes about everything. So, on his online poetry platforms (@sircharlesthepoet), there is a great variation of poetry.
“My experience at TAP was a great wealth of learning that was unlike any learning I’ve ever done—and I’ve spent about 17 years in a traditional learning environment without skipping a beat, so I know a thing or two about traditional ways of learning. With Katie, Karla, Jay, Andre, Amanda, Adriana and all the other mentors, we learned many things, including how to best connect with a student based on their type of intelligence, how to mix activism with the teaching being done in the classroom, and the importance of being consistent with what is done in a classroom. Additionally, in the process of learning these things, we’ve visited different places such as: The National Museum of the American Indian and the Dwyer Cultural Center. As I have said before, my experience at TAP was unlike anything I’ve experienced.”
Most Memorable TAP Moment:
“My most memorable TAP moment was our first community Salon. I loved that I got to witness everyone as they expressed their wonderful talents. It is truly a moment that I will never forget. At that salon, I realized how powerful, skilled and capable the individuals in the TAP program were. I felt more connected with them after that afternoon.”
Find out more about Charles here:
The Scars on our faces are what relates us,
Though different races.
A hill rises somewhere on your shining
Valley attracting everything light.
Nothing has been right but
That’s a story the snail rarely tells,
Although you’ve climbed.
Claimed victory at the peak—
Of which, we don’t often speak
The Marks on our faces are crafted,
The artist leaving it to be, as it be
A sign of Beauty:
Scars turned around, truly.