Darius V. Daughtry is a poet, playwright, director and educator who has dedicated much of his life to cultivating and inspiring young artists and thinkers in his native South Florida. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Art Prevails Project, a performing arts organization dedicated to expanding cultural conversation through theatrical performance, arts education, and community engagement. Darius has spearheaded literacy initiatives with NFL Hall-of-Famer Jason Taylor and with poet and actor, Omari Hardwick. Daughtry has been commissioned to write, perform, and conduct workshops for various organizations: The Poetry Foundation, O, Miami, City of Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade Schools, Broward Schools, and more. With And the Walls Came Tumbling (Omiokun Books), his debut collection, Daughtry, provides an introspective poetic memoir and sweeping cultural critique. Drawing inspiration from and paying homage to emcees and crooners alike, these poems move with a rhythmic language that makes heads nod and hearts skip beats.