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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Sep 8, 2022

Books That Make Your Soul Fly with Poetry

Poetry inspires and moves us in ways we often can’t anticipate. Multi-talented and award-winning poet, Alonzo "zO" Gross, or zO-AlonzO, is also a Singer, Rap Artist, Playwright, Screenwriter, Dancer and Recording Artist.

zO’s short stories were initially seen in 2005 and 2006 in the series “Staying Sane”. His first book of poems, “Inspiration, Harmony and the World Within” was released in 2012. He was also awarded that year’s "Best Spoken Word Poet" at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards.

Then, in January 2018, he released his second book of poetry: "sOuL eLiXir: The writingZ of zO". June of 2021 saw the publication of his third book of poetry and art, "PoemZ 4 U AND YourZ". In April of 2022, the latter was awarded first place in its category at The Bookfest Awards. zO is a graduate of English Literature and Dance from Temple University.

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