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Natasha Ria has been writing and performing poetry for three decades. Whether it is performing with live musicians in Jazz, R&B, or Hip Hop or sharing her quieter literary work, her signature voice soothes audiences and brings them closer to themselves. Personal, political, intersectional, Natasha Ria brings her entire self to her performances.


Natasha Ria is a Certified Life Coach in the Strategic Intervention Method ™ and is available for virtual sessions to help you meet and complete your life goals. Her focus is helping empowered people seek wellness and balance. As a Writing Coach, Natasha Ria has assisted over 25 writers throughout the entire writing and publishing process with individual guidance, manuscript development as well as to book release parties, marketing and more.



The Natasha Ria Art Gallery started in 2018 as the El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery with the clear intention of being an inclusive art gallery dedicated to exhibiting underrepresented visual artists. We have monthly individual and group Artist Talks and exhibitions, intimate musical events called Gallery Grooves, book release parties and more. Natasha is also the founder and curator of Black Space Black Art.



Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, Cave Canem fellow, and educator for over a decade. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been published in anthologies, literary and online journals.  She has opened for and introduced many great writers, singers and activists, and has been featured at a host of universities and venues nationwide. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Natasha has a BA from Jackson State University and a MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Natasha’s Black Feminist approach is reflected in her writing, poetry and performance pieces. Natasha brings the fire! She is a divorced mother of two awesome children. Once asked in an interview what makes her unique she replied, “…most people lie to themselves, but I like to reveal myself.”


Natasha's perspective as a mother, educator, feminist, performer and artist make her a dynamic speaker and presenter for all ages. Natasha is not easily boxed in to any confines and has honed in her skills that she pulls from all areas of her experiences.  She is both introspective and cathartic and is most known for her honesty about motherhood, womanhood, politics and love. Natasha Ria El-Scari is available for performance poetry, spoken word, poetry recitation, panel discussions, educational/college preparatory workshops for young adults as well as parents. Dynamic and down-to-earth, Natasha is a must experience!


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Tamika H.

Natasha is an amazing life coach! Her book, “Mama Sutra” changed me and my family's life forever. Her book allowed us to get in touch with our inner feelings and love every minute while doing it! Having an open discussion with Natasha allowed us to explore some new feelings and thoughts that opened our horizons to new experiences in the future. She's an amazing life coach and a wonderful human being.

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Joel B.

I felt like I was swimming in a sea of pages of words but lacking direction.  Natasha has helped me find structure and organization to what I've written and given me inspiration to write more. I am so happy I hired her.

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Marlee B.

Natasha Ria Art Gallery is a space that represents inclusion and community. The space not only houses art work, it is a space that allows for connecting, artistic exploration, and conversation. The space spans generations and stories to bring the best artwork and artists to buyers— making art accessible to all. I have purchased several pieces from the gallery and felt appreciated and honored each time. 

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