Having graduated from Savannah Arts Academy as a budding performing artistic the areas of voice, dance, and theatre, Demark Manigo is a person who lives life to the fullest. When he’s not traveling or “Pooching”, you can find Demark coaching and teaching dance to gymnasts, performing with his ballet family Savannah Ballet Theater, pageant coaching to university women for a Collegiate 100® of Armstrong State University- 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. founded scholarship, advocating for HIV/AIDS as a SpeakOutHIV ambassador, leading as national President of National Youth Pride Services(NYPS), singing with his family and friends, crocheting shawls and blankets, teaching fitness and flexibility classes, and mixing up essential oils and making natural body products, and last, but not least, loving God wherever he may end up being, sometimes rocking his red stilettos which he’s dedicated to wear in honor of those living with HIV/AIDS. Some of his favorite books are Anne of Green Gambles by L.M. Montgomery and Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Madam Guyon, which developed his love for his newfound discovery of poetry writings from Hafiz, Rumi, Khalil Gibran, and Daniel Ladinsky.
“In Seamlessly Together, Demark Manigo fits into words a spirituality that is difficult to describe. Manigo uses his five senses to bring the profound down to earth, so that we may all be transfixed by it. Much of his work reminds me of Daniel Ladinsky’s “Love Poems from God.” In his book, Ladinsky captures the voices of twelve sacred mystics in their ability to not only deliver up a reverence for God, but to dispel the dynamic of God as unknowable atop a human hierarchy. Mystics like St. Teresa of Avila, Rumi, Hafiz, and St. Francis show God to be as accessible as any mortal beloved and in that accessibility somehow more sacred. This style of poetry could be considered controversial for removing the veil between humankind and God, but the truth of such writing is how it reveals a great intimacy that we are all seeking. Manigo’s poetry possesses both this accessibility and intimacy. Perhaps, his dance background is responsible. He weaves words through the page, the way a dancer moves over a stage. His sense of flow, rhythm, and repetition hooks a reader like musical verse. But it is the divine light in his writing that is so captivating. Readers will look forward to watching this young man further develop his craft. As with any young artist there is room for growth, still, there is a timelessness to his poetic sense of transcendence any reader can find in his words right now.”
–Blissom Booblé, The Naked Page