About Me


Meet Mario D. King

manhattan4Mario D. King is the author of four literary works: The Crisis Before Midlife (Novel), What’s Happening Brother: How to strategize in a system designed for you to fail (Non-Fiction), and Where Do We Go From Here I and II (Novella)–co-authored with Jae Henderson. King has also contributed to other literary works. He is currently working on his second novel slated for a 2017 release.

In addition to those publications, King has written and contributed to other literary works. Most recently he was named as editor-in-chief of Hip-Hop University Magazine. This new publication is designed to mentor young adults while using the most popular form of music today–hip-hop.

Mario was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and currently lives in Charlotte, NC where he writes to change the world one book at a time. His passion for communication and diverse cultures has introduced Mario to a new mission to uplift minds through word and film. His three year goal—to spark an educational revolution through action and literacy.

Mario spends a great amount of time with the imaginings of romantic relationship development and took inspiration from the 1997 film Love Jones and its unorthodox romance to write his hip-hop inspired debut novel, The Crisis Before Midlife, which was a hit with fans which debut in 2013.

Mario has an urgency in his writing and creation to make change in the world that people can see and literally read. With a passion for literacy Mario began writing poetry as a teen and has always thoroughly explored the male perspective when it comes to relationships. He received “Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence” and “Poet of the Year” in 2002. Most recently he won the Black Writers And Book Clubs “Author of the Year” award in 2013.

Learning how peoples of all walks of life live inspires Mario to spark a change in the community and the world following in the footsteps of his artistic inspiration and muse Marvin Gaye, because as Gaye believed, “Great artists suffer for the people.” Mario D. King will attempt to fill Gaye’s shoes seeking to do the same if it means the people will suffer less and there will be a greater literacy for inner city youth. Through mentorship and community action, King is poised to release some of his best work yet in the upcoming year.

Mario received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he deeply studied global culture and communication, psychology and sociology. He received his MBA from Kaplan University and will continue to stir up change and motivate those whom he comes in contact with.

A Little More About Mario D. King:

Favorite Quote: “Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.” – Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

My passion: To uplift and inspire people.

2016 Goals: I want to branch out more into photography and film. I have some great things in the works. Can’t wait to share.