Cordney McClain is a father, mentor, husband, veteran, poet, contract negotiator, and author. Instilled with the principle of hard work, Cordney was motivated to make money as a young man. Rather than hoop, Cordney chose to spend as much time working as he could. After earning a bachelors and then an MBA, he joined the Army and focused on creating a career. Soon, he’d found that he’d not written for years. His outlet was missing. The passion he’d developed over the years had become more than just art, it was also therapy. Years later, the poet turned author is releasing Blacker Than Shakespeare’s Ink. The book is filled with poems and essays focused on the coming of age of a young black man.