Bill Holmes, Author

Essence® Bestselling Author

“Every word I write is an extension of my breath, my heart, and my soul that I want the world to share and to remember long after my life has come to an end.”

Bill Holmes is an artist who has dared to dream in the face of adversity while recognizing the divine nature of life and its infinite possibilities. As a respected poet, writer and author, Bill has touched many souls through his creative endeavors by striving towards excellence in everything he does. His performances have captivated many audiences through his unique style of humor, insight, spirituality, pride, and most importantly, love and appreciation of a woman. By no means is Bill afraid “to keep it real when expressing the importance of self-love.”

Bill is the author of the chapbook Illuminations, the spoken word EP Asphyxiation, the full-length poetry book Straight From My Heart, the spoken word CD, The Air I Breathe, and the ESSENCE® bestselling fiction novel One Love.

Bill has been featured and has performed at various poetry venues in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and surrounding areas. Bill was the co-host of the monthly poetry series Poetic Ventures Writers Collective and has opened for artists such as the Last Poets and award-winning jazz musician Roy Ayers. His work has been published and featured in the Philadelphia Tribune, ESSENCE®, and the anthologies Journey Into My Brother’s Soul, Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage and Step Up To The Mic: A Poetic Explosion.

Bill is the founder of the creative-writing course Write Here! Write Now!, which he taught for five years at Temple University through the grassroots, non-profit organization PASCEP.


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One Love by Bill Holmes

A hip, breezy look at the inner workings of the
spoken word scene, complete with on and off stage drama!

Chris, a handsome and talented poet, is struggling to find inspiration to write while wrestling with corporate politics and the drama of an unfulfilling relationship.

Regina, a beautiful accountant, feels frustrated with her career and the dating scene and secretly yearns to re-embrace her heart’s desire: singing.

A chance encounter between these thirty-something commuters one summer morning reveals this is a small world where poetry, family, friendship and love unite in Philadelphia.

Trade Paperback, 286 pages;  all eBook formats
ISBN: 978-0-9722990-4-6
Price: $14.95
Release date: May 10, 2016
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