Speakerbox Magazine is the brainchild of its Editor In Chief, Petula Caesar, AKA “Tula Mae”.
Petula was born in New Jersey but has been a Baltimore resident for over 30 years, so she officially has Jersey/B-more dual residency. She has been a writer all of her life , and has been in a professional capacity for over fifteen years. She is a published poet, fiction writer, journalist and editor. She is also a performance poet and recording artist.
As a fiction writer, Petula was first published by Phaze Books in 2005 — an erotica short story anthology called “Lipstick And Other Stories”. She has also had short stories published in other anthologies online and in print, including New York Times Best-selling Author Zane’s “Caramel Flava”.
As a journalist, Petula’s specialty is one-on-one up close and personal interviews and arts/entertainment coverage. She has served as a freelance writer for Baltimore’s City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore and Washington D.C.’s Afro American newspapers. She has interviewed artists like Anthony David, Kindred The Family Soul, Raheem DeVaughn, and Bilal, and other influential area figures like C Fraser Smith.
As an editor, she has served as an editorial assistant for Strebor Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, and was Managing Editor of Mic Life Magazine for several years.
As a poet, she has had her poetry published in several poetry journals including Poet’s Ink and Two Trains Running.
Petula is also an erotic performance poet who has traveled up and down the East Coast performing at all kinds of events and as a feature performer headlining her own shows. She has also recorded her poetry, and scored a minor hit in the house music scene with a spoken word poem called “Sex Shoes”.
You can reach Petula directly at email@example.com.