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A Detroit native, Billione Frē (pronounced bil-LEE-yon frEE) is an existentialist singer, poet, and writer whose work addresses issues related to the pursuit of happiness, equality, and his queer identity.
Billione is the author of several independent books including a collection of poetry titled 'Centric', a short novel titled 'No Tea. No Shade.' and was featured in Derrick Tenniel's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' a collection of coming out stories.
Some of Billione's poetic influences include Sonia Sanchez, jessica Care moore, Ursula Rucker, Ntozake Shange, the Last Poets, Joel Fluent Greene, and the late Detroit poet Legacy Leonard, who was a collaborator and muse.
Billione currently resides in New York City, where he is completing work on a forthcoming hybrid of poetry, memoir, and meditations titled 'Every Jungle Needs a King'.
For more information about Billione Frē, visit www.billionefre.com
This book of short stories illustrates individual quests for self love, acceptance, and redemption.
On the surface, this dapper, charismatic, successful Editor-in-chief of the Detroit Daily news seems to have it all. However, Chauncey goes from reporting the news to being the center of his own scandal after coming face-to-face with his turbulent past. His life seems to unravel until he meets Malcolm Dandridge at a local bathhouse and realizes that in order to be happy he must first face his biggest fear.
Described as an escape from love poetry, CENTRIC examines the source from which Billione's philosophical views emerge. CENTRIC includes God: By Proxy, There Are No Children Here and the Hearts of Men, a piece from his forthcoming short play the Birth of Mars.
CENTRIC also features Dartanyon Jonez as he offers readers 3 new poems: Another World, That Song and Chances Are. Together, these poets offer sides of themselves that complement each other while standing alone as distinctive writers.