Young Pelham Parkway man publishes 2nd book of prose

Karl Omar Lawrence.
Courtesy of Karl Omar Lawrence

A 23-year-old from Pelham Parkway is using words to fight those battles that nothing else can, and his name is Karl Omar Lawrence.

He began writing at the age of 11 when a sixth grade teacher allowed him to openly express his own thoughts in journal entries during school.

Years later, he’s self-published two volumes of poetry titled ‘The Radical Poetry of Karl Omar Lawrence.’

The most recent volume will be available on come this April.

“To me, being radical or revolutionary doesn’t mean extreme or crazy, but rather fully committed to something, being thorough,” the author said. “Words to me present a power like no other,” he continued on.

Karl with his first published book.
Courtesy of Karl Omar Lawrence

The first volume Karl published as a teenager focused on shaping his characters qualities via the pen that he felt he hadn’t yet possessed. “Now these years later I do believe I possess those qualities, I do see myself as I saw my characters those years ago,” he mentioned as well.

“At the time, I was taking the road less travelled as that was treacherous in school there’s no bubble for ‘revolutionary’ on the scantron, I’ve had ups and downs, but it’s brought me here,” Karl said.

Now in volume two of his radical poetry, Karl’s focus shifted to a more mature perspective, using the Bronx he had grown up in as fodder for his writing as well as how to better his home borough.

To learn and read more from Karl Omar Lawrence email him at or connect via Instagram by following k_withak.

The back cover of Volume II.
Karl Omar Lawrence

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