Founders of Free Upstate Poetry
Co-Founder of #FUP, Celestial Poet, Hayle` Oswell, is a native of Greenville, SC who is a creative linguist and visual artist. The owner/founder of Celestial Poet, LLC. she loves serving and teaching the power of writing, self-expression, performance, and spoken word to teens and adults. CP shares her gift of healing, art, and poetry by facilitating for Writer's Well Youth Fellowship, a branch of Speaking Down Barriers, whose mission is show black girls/femmes/gender-expansive youth the power that their voices have.
Her artistic expression has expanded to logo and website design, and social media marketing within her new endeavor "CP Creations L & D ". Recently accepted a part of the Artist Collective of Spartanburg, SC, she continues to share her gifts with others, and expand her activist reach within her community.
Max Lit, aka Jason Franklin, is the co-founder of #FUP, a poet, author, and lyricist from Greenville, SC via Jamaica Queens, New York. As a poet, Max taps into his feelings regarding social and racial injustices, love and relationships, and family life, relating his own personal experiences through written and spoken word.
His first self-published work, Soul Therapy,: a collection of works inspired by the life of Max Lit, dives into those topics individually, with each being covered in separate "sessions". As a long-term goal, Max is looking to not only further his own career as a writer but also those of others through his own publishing company ML Kreative Konsulting Publishing.
Currently, Max is working on another written project, Therapy of the Soul, which will be more of a motivational work aimed at exploring who we are as souls and our abilities as such. He is a definite believer in the unlimited potential that we all have as humans to literally change the world through our gifts and talents. As we all move towards unity, transformation, inclusion, and equity for all, it is his belief that the creatives will lead that charge.
Max Lit and Celestial Poet are Facilitators for Speaking down Barriers. They are co-facilitators for Reading for Transformation for Kids and Teens. SDB's mission is Equity For ALL, something #FUP holds dear.
Max Lit shares his thoughts on everything from sports, politics, love and life. Check out his podcasts to experience an uncut and unedited monologue to get a deeper understanding on his (and others) point of view.
Soul Therapy is a collection of spoken word pieces created through the personal experiences of the author, Max Lit. These pieces range in subject matter from family, love and relationships, social issues and just the struggle of finding oneself. It is the hope of the author that those who have taken a chance to read this work can find th
Soul Therapy is a collection of spoken word pieces created through the personal experiences of the author, Max Lit. These pieces range in subject matter from family, love and relationships, social issues and just the struggle of finding oneself. It is the hope of the author that those who have taken a chance to read this work can find themselves in some of these writings and find comfort and solace, inspiration and purpose.