Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Damien Tillman is an Educator, Independent Author, Founder of Learning To Quote Myself, and Director of The New York Writing Club. A graduate of Hunter College, Damien earned bachelor’s degrees in Media Studies and Creative Writing. He also holds a master’s degree in Education from The City College of New York (CCNY). He works to educate and empower people so they can become the solutions to their problems.
As an educator, Damien’s unique analytical perspective shines in his lessons, facilitation, and workshops.
Damien believes that artists are entrepreneurs and their art is intellectual property that needs to be protected. He's independent by choice! As a writer, Damien has been featured at open mics for the Poets Settlement, Second Saturdays at Cyrus, Great Weather for Media at the Parkside Lounge, Fredericks Douglass Academy’s Poetry Slam at Barnes & Noble, Spoonbill Studio’s Poetry 99, and more. He’s been interviewed by Alfonso Siverls on Second Saturday TV at Bric Media House, Crossover TV with Kendra, and has an author profile on the award-winning blog, Polite on Society, with Marc Polite.
"I care about originality. I want to bring new ideas to the writing community and do things that have never been done before. I want to add to the collective understanding of writing as an art form. To do that, I explore my creativity, take chances, and try to express myself honestly.
I'm an independent artist, by choice. I don't want anyone else in control of my work, my thoughts, or my narrative. I want to live by my rules and create however my imagination allows me to. The only way I feel comfortable sharing my work with the world is if I own it and can decide when and how it's shared as well.
I'm investing in myself and working to make my dreams come true. I urge you to take control of your dreams as well."