Mr. Enlightenment, whose real name is Joey Tucker, was born on July 8, 1981 in the small town of Walterboro, South Carolina. Growing up, Joey never had the desire to write poetry but sometimes he would freestyle with his friends for fun. It would be about four more years before he actually wrote his first poem.
After graduating from Walterboro High School in 1999, Joey went on to attend Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. While taking a poetry class during his senior year in college, Joey’s interest in the art form was sparked. At that point he knew poetry was an art he needed to explore.
After graduating from college in 2004, Joey moved to Charleston, South Carolina and started his career as a fourth grade language arts teacher. Though he pushes for more involvement from parents and less emphasis on standardized testing Joey enjoys teaching because it allows him to make an impression on a child that lasts forever.
The name Mr. Enlightenment acknowledges both the fact that he is a teacher and the fact that he uses his poetry as a way to shine light with his lines and words. With the help of Christopher K.P. Brown (2 Pens and Lint), Mr. Enlightenment released his first poetry project, Walletz & Pursez, in June 2009. He went on to sell over 150 copies. His second release, L.I.G.H.T., was released early August 2010. This project sold approximately 90 copies.
In December 2015, Mr. Enlightenment released his first poetry cd, Worth My Weight In Watts.
In June, 2017, Mr. Enlightenment released his second cd, Summer Soulstice.
You can find Mr. Enlightenment performing spoken word poetry at different venues in the southeast.
Mr. Enlightenment on stage in Charleston, SC.