Irvin is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor from New Orleans. He has earned degrees from Morehouse College, Morgan State University, and The New School where he studied English Literature, Education, and Creative Writing respectively. Since 2003, he has been an educator in various capacities, first as a high school teacher in Baltimore and later as an adult educator in college and library settings. He currently is a full-time professor at Queensborough Community College where he teaches composition and creative writing.
Irvin is most proud of his work in the reentry sector where he served as the education coordinator for a reentry program in the South Bronx and Harlem. Tasked with ensuring the educational attainment of formerly incarcerated youth aged 18-24, he helped participants earn GEDs, trade-school certifications, and college degrees.
Irvin’s writing reflects his passions which include music, literature, art, education, mass incarceration, gentrification, history, biography, and other themes. He has received funding and support from the Voices of our Nation Arts Foundation, the Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Research Award, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference where he was named the 2019 Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction.