Meet the Director
David Bush is the founder and the Executive Director of the Madd Poets Society, Inc., a renowned literary arts organization for inspiring poets. As a writer his works spans over 23 years, beginning as a rap artist and fully investing himself as a poet in 1992. He began his professional career as a performing artist in 2000, inspiring and mentoring countless artists with his edgy style he describes as contemporary jazz meets rap.

"The Madd Poets Society was inspired by a series of dreams and a chance meeting with famed poet Nikki Giovanni at an Author Author's series," David explains. A life long resident of Toledo, Ohio, David resides with his loving wife and four children. He is an ordained minister, noted lecturer and devoted youth advocate, mentoring over 60 young adults within the last decade.

David Bush is the President and Founder of Creative Solutions Consulting which designs program modules, workshops, and lectures including the widely popular Hiphopology workshop. He is currently in the midst of completing three books to be released soon.

His credits include first place, For Colored Girl's Repertory Theater Poetry Contest. At the 1999 Northwest Ohio Slam Poetry competition, Mr. Bush won first place. He and his poetry team won fifth place at the About Time National Black Poetry Competition. In 2004, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) named Mr. Bush "Poet in Residence." He is a 13-year employee of TLCPL, where he has taught a series on poetry and creative self-expression.

Madd Poets Society, Inc. Board of Directors

David Bush founded the Madd Poets Society,
a non-profit organization in December 1999.

The People Behind the Organization
We want to thank the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. for awarding us a grant to create this website.
For more information on the Foundation, please visit

Pat Lora

Pat Lora is Manager of Technical Services for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library system. She holds a Master in Library Science from Kent State University and a Masters in English from the University of Toledo. Lora is a long time resident of Toledo with summer roots in the Traverse City, Michigan area where she enjoys sailing and hiking. As a lifelong librarian she has a passion for books, poetry, and storytelling. Lora is a member of the Frogtown Storytellers Guild.

Larome Myrick
Larome Myrick is a Parole Officer for Adult Parole Authority. Larome has worked with the State of Ohio for over 8 years in a variety of different positions. He has his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo, a graduate degree from Lourdes College and starts his doctorate program at BGSU in the fall. Larome believes in the importance of education; thus, he pushes education upon all he meets- both old and young. Larome is known for saying that "Success is journey, not a destination."

Dr. Judythe Patberg

Dr. Patberg is a reading specialist at Read for Literacy and a Literacy Specialist Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education. She received a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota in 1974 and retired from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Toledo in 2004. In her spare time, Dr. Patberg writes memoirs.

Edward Pendleton

Ed Pendleton is a Parole Services Supervisor for Adult Parole Authority and a student in the Master of Organizational Leadership program at Lourdes College. He believes strongly that each of us had someone in our lives who has impacted us in some way, whether it was our parents, a teacher, a pastor, or someone we've come into contact with over the years. Pendleton believes that it is inherent that we nurture and guide the youth of today much as we were guided when we were children.
Jeffrey Perry
Jeff is a Programming Specialist for the Online Learning division at the University of Toledo. Jeff has a BBA in Information Technology and an MBA in Organizational Management from Tiffin University.