Urban Mindscape is a collection of works that depict the various levels of city life regardless of socio-economic, religious, or political status within the community. The written expressions cover the areas of love, reverence, and even pain but provide an undertone of empowerment for the reader. Take a walk with us down the journey to reality.


C. Grooms was born in Harlem, NYC during the heart of the black power movement in the 1960’s. His formative years were spent between Harlem and Brooklyn. During the last 20 years he has gained invaluable experience in every level of the educational system from being an elementary school teacher to working as an administrator in college athletics and recreation. His vast knowledge in the areas of Behavioral Sciences, Sports Management, Media & Communications, and History enables C to depict life from various angles and circumstances that often go unnoticed by the masses but he is able to transform his writing into a visual image in your mind.


C, the Great-Nephew of the esteemed late Councilwoman Mrs. Mary Pinkett, also works hard to establish himself as a pillar in the Harlem and Prospect Heights communities in which he was raised by providing direct mentoring to the youth. C is married with three children and resides in Harlem.

C. Amaria has been writing plays, poems and fictional pieces since elementary school.  She was encouraged by her mother and teachers to express herself through writing and has been writing ever since.  C. Amaria obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Long Island University-Brooklyn, a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis College and teaches several courses on the collegiate level in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta- the English Honors Society.  Her poem “Daily Life” is featured in Downtown Brooklyn Volume 18.

iRAN was born and raised in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of a book of poetry entitled Monday Morning Blues. Iran is a New York City Teaching Fellow working for the NYCDOE. Currently, she teaches in East New York, Brooklyn.  She is also an adjunct professor at The College of New Rochelle (SNR). Iran has been a featured poet at Barnes and Noble Book Store and Boulevard Books. She has also shared her work at numerous venues in New York City. Her story began when she developed a love for writing and the language of poetry at an early age. Iran often pondered and wrote allowing her mind to take her away from hurt, ignorance and the sociological factors of her time and era. Iran found safety, strength and inspiration in writing. After experiencing the acceptance, happiness and new perception that writing can bring; Iran decided to share. She has since written about all encounters and aspects of her life. Iran envisions herself as a root that makes a tree grow (unheard, unseen but the foundation from which strength is drawn). A performance artist in the making, she prefers for her work to be read, interpreted, analyzed, utilized and then shared with others. iRAN is the quiet storm that ends with a rainbow, laughter and empowerment! 

Mary E. Walker is a short-story writer, poet, and hip hop enthusiast who experiments with socially conscious rap. She earned her BA from the College of New Rochelle (CNR), Brooklyn Campus in 2007 and her MFA in Creative Writing from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus in 2011. She currently teaches English Composition and Journal Writing at her alma mater, CNR. Some of her poems have appeared in Downtown Brooklyn, By the Overpass, Visceral Brooklyn, and The Brooklyn Paramount. She lives in Queens with her husband and three children. 

Goldie is creative, whimsical, dependable and passionate; Sister to many; Lover of music and Junior's cheesecake; Who feels the world is changing so much, yet not at all; Who needs consistent face-time with friends and family; Who gives 110% of herself 75% of the time; Who fears dying alone; Who would like to see Rio De Janeiro; Long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York; 4T5.