Marshall found his voice in a moment of he describes as one of lost connection. "Before I walked on to the Brooklyn Bridge one dark Friday night In 2006, I had no intent of walking off..." As he contemplated ending his life, something reminded him of a poetry event taking place not too far from there. He decided to go, walking off the bridge to spend his last ten dollars to hear five poets. "With their words alone, I felt empowered in a way I hadn't before." That night changed everything.
Inspired, Marshall joined the competitive poetry community, becoming a National Slam team finalist and champion. As a self-titled "World-Bridger," he speaks at universities and high schools and works with companies and organizations, using poetry to cross—bridge—the divide between ideas and culture. In December, 2014 he became "Worlds-Bridger" when his words traveled beyond Earth's gravity to circle the planet twice on the spaceship Orion.
An excerpt from Marshall's poem, Imagine:
" ... These are dots.
And they want to play their part in this big picture.
But they can't because they have forgotten that they came here together.
That is where you come in.
If you can draw the lines and help them remember, then the picture will unfold.
And you will see it for yourself.
Life is a series of invisible lines.
This world is one large game of connect-the-dots..."
Reveling in the dots, Marshall loves learning random things: juggling, piano, dancing and the like, and also talking his young daughter for insights about the universe.