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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Billy Tuggle  

Pen Name: Karma Threesixty

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Tuggle was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tuggle is an accomplished vocalist and human beat-box who combines the melody and rhythms of his other passions in poems.Tuggle is a HipHop cultural activist. He co-founded ''Chicago crews S.T.0.R.M.TROOPERS'' and ''7 In a Cipher'', as well as serving as a local organizer for the Temple of HipHop.Tuggle has performed in bars and clubs, museums and colleges, and the Red Line at rush hour in Chicago, and has made his way around the continent as a slam competitor. As a regular at ''Mental Graffiti'', he represented Chicago/Wicker Park in the 2002 Midwest Slam League and, in 2004 and 2005, at the National Poetry Slam. He is a member of the PolyRhythmic Arts Collective.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Conscience Under Pressure
ISBN: 1933126035

Fractal Edge Press. 2004

The collected signature poems of Billy Tuggle show the unified vision and clear voice that has carried Tuggle as a representative of Chicago into the 2004 and 2005 National Slam Poetry Championships. An accomplished vocalist and human beat-box combines the melody and rhythms of his other passions in poems that ring with the call for social justice, the tolerance for differences, and the pride in ethnic roots that is the delightful and moving legacy of a retired graffiti artist.

Speaking Engagements

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