R. A. McAlpine
R.A. McAlpine (affectionately known as Alpine) is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Over the past 35 years, he has honed his skill in the writing craft. Although his pen expresses itself beyond poetry, the spoken word has always been his first love. His past liberal work has culminated into a collection of poems entitled Ramology: Note to Self. In addition to writing, he is also an accomplished stage actor who has performed in a number of iconic productions at the historic Karamu Performing Arts Theatre including his first lead role as Chad Deity, in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Other credits include the classic play the Color Purple (prized fighter Henry Brodnacks (Buster)), cast member of the published original work Mighty Scarabs (Charles “Killer” Davis), and the captivating play God’s Trombones (Pharaoh). Receiving his MBA from Ohio University, Alpine is also a trial tradesman, entrepreneur, and an advocate for fathers’ rights. Alpine currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, fitness, fine dining, and is an avid motorcyclist.
Ramology: Note to Self
These poems are a powerhouse! They are poignant, prolific, and pure. Alpine’s voice is a force to be reckoned with, and he doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable social issues and injustices. He apologizes for nothing, and confronts the reader head-on with difficult topics and themes. His use of vocabulary skirts clichés by presenting 'ugly' words in such an honest and straightforward fashion. He has stood up and said: "This is the reality. Read it. Absorb it. Feel it." Janelle Shields