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The story behind R.K. Russell, athlete and writer

By Jarred Davis, Contributing Writer

Published July 11, 2019

Russell at first doubted the idea of writing poetry until he realized it was something personal that he could relate to his experiences.

Christopher Poindexter, a well-known bohemian poet reached out to Russell and expressed his pleasure and potential he saw in the 27-year-old athlete and writer.

His help and guidance he received from Poindexter pushed him to fully explore the dynamic of poetry, as he even served as Russell’s publisher.

Going forward, he recently developed his first novel Prison or Passion, which captures the struggles of being a young boy without a father, and the strength that comes from building your own definition of manhood.

NFL Player & Poet Ryan K. Russell Is Redefining What It Means To Be An Athlete

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By Jamai Harris

NFL player Ryan K. Russell has a love and passion for two things that are commonly viewed as being polar opposites. But rather than hide or suppress any part of who he is, he embraces them both, finding success in his career as both an athlete and writer.

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By Jamai Harris

NFL player Ryan K. Russell has a love and passion for two things that are commonly viewed as being polar opposites. But rather than hide or suppress any part of who he is, he embraces them both, finding success in his career as both an athlete and writer.

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Author R.K. Russell talks #PrisonorPassion on #ConversationsLIVE

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author R.K. Russell to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss what led to the writing of the book PRISON OR PASSION and what it's been like to share his world. 

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THROUGH THE BLUES WITH MODEL KARI CASSANDRA RILEY

By Magdalena Munao
May 10, 2021

In an industry that breeds insecurity, she now lives confidently outside of the constructs that most young models typically feel confined by. Through an intensive journey of healing and self-therapy by way of journaling, writing poetry and self-expression, Riley recently had the opportunity to publish a book of poetry called Through the Blues that was released earlier this year in February. Made from a compilation of experiences, poems and stories that she underwent emotionally and spiritually to discover another side of her beauty, Kari leaves it all on the pages of these poems.

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