EDUCATION

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
  • MA Liberal Studies: Concentration in African American Studies,

      Women and Gender Studies, and Creative Writing

Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

  • BA English and Secondary Education

Mississippi certification in English grades 7–12 

Missouri certification in English grades 9–12  

 

LITERARY EXPERIENCE

  • The Only Other, Main Street Rag, 2016

  • Screaming Times, Spartan Press, 2015

Awards

  • Top 100 Kansas Citians, KC Magazine, February 2013

  • Poet-in-Residence Black Archives of Mid-America, Kansas City, MO 2012-present

  • Poetry For Personal Power Wellness Grant Artist 2011, 2012

  • Cave Canem Fellowship 2010, 2011, 2014

  • Jazz Poetry Jamz 1st Place, Ars Poetica, American Jazz Museum 2007

  • Community Supporter and Artist, American Jazz Museum 2007

 

Publications

  • Southern Humanities Review, Vol 50 NO 3 & 4, 2017

  • Cave Canem Anthology XIII: Poems 2010-2011, Willow Books, 2014

  • Revising the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing Gwendolyn Brooks, Curbside Splendor, 2017

  • Black Mermaids in Vision & Verse Ed: Torreah “Cookie” Washington

  • Family Pictures Ed: Kwame Alexander, Capital BookFest

  • Cooking Up South Ed: Kwame Alexander, Capital BookFest

  • Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees Ed: DuEwa E. Frazier, Lit Noire Publishing 2006 NAACP Image Award Nominee

  • I Woke Up and Put My Crown On Ed: Rochelle Hart, Publish America

  • Spitfire By: Gino Morrow, GLM Press (introduction)

  • Black Magnolias Literary Journal 1.1 Essay, Pap Smear

  • Black Magnolias Literary Journal 2.4 Essay The Gator Desegregation in Foreman, Arkansas, 1969-1971: Documenting Literacy, Culture, and Change 

  • Black Magnolias Literary Journal 3.3 Poem, The Reality

  • Black Magnolias Literary Journal 4.1 Novel excerpts Growing Up Sina

 

Visual Artistic Poetry

  • Red Rooster Restaurant, London England

  • America Now and Here, Kansas City, MO  

  • Beyond Words: A Fusion of Poetry and Visual Art, American Jazz Museum

 

Online Publications

  • Toe Good Journal 2015

  • Present Magazine Poet-in-Residence 2010

  • Nubian Chronicles February 2007

  • Present Magazine March 2006

 

Independent CD Spoken Word Releases

  • CuddleComplex, 2016

  • This Is Love…, 2010

  • DragonButterFirefly, 2006

 

Member and Vice President—BPC, Black Poets Collective of Kansas City, MO

  • Member since 1999—2009

  • Created Membership Notebook, participated in community service projects, workshops, and outreach

  • Prepared and Performed original individual and collective works

  • Organized and featured at monthly poetry readings 1999-2004

 

Workshop Facilitator

  • Write On Poetry!, The Writer’s Place 2013-2014

  • The Craft of Crafting Poetry, American Jazz Museum 2013

  • NAACP ACT-SO Poetry Judge 2010

  • Kauffman Scholars—18th and Vine and Jazz Poetry, Write Your Heritage 2010

  • So You Want to Slam I and II, Kansas City American Jazz Museum 2007

  • Leaders of Tomorrow Poetry Workshop 2006

  • Students of the Craft Workshop with KC Public Library 2005

Keynote Speaker

  • Literacy Kansas City & The Writer’s Place 2011

  • American Association of University Women 100 High School Girls 2010

  • Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Males2Men Mother/Son Banquet 2010, 2012

  • American Association of University Women, Women’s History Month 2010

Performance of Original Poetry

SELECTED FEATURES 2004-2013

                  *Indicates multiple features and/or years

  • University of Missouri, Michael Harper Symposium 

  • *Emporia State University, Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs Emporia, KS

  • *Pittsburg State University, Office of Diversity Pittsburg, KS

  • *Poetic Notes, Qudos Cigar Bar, KC, MO

  • *Jazz Poetry Jamz, Blue Room, KC, MO 

  • Kappa Alpha Si Nu Epsilon Chapter 9th Annual Celebration of Women

  • Poetry for Personal Power Avila University

  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Cornelius Eady & Cave Canem Fellows, Columbia, MO

  • Emporia State University, Women and Gender Studies Program

  • Lazio Coffeehouse, Topeka, KS

  • Art of Love—Center for Spiritual Living KC, MO

  • University of Kansas—Voices Unheard: Haiti Benefit

  • *Pablo Sanhueza Latin Jazz Combo—Jardine’s Jazz Club, KC, MO

  • Present Magazine’s Poets-in-Residence—The Writer’s Place, KC, MO

  • Riverfront Writer’s Series Feature—The Writer’s Place KC, MO

  • The Lyricists: An Evening of Poetry—The Writer’s Place KC, MO

  • *100 High School Girls—American Association of University Women KC, MO

  • *National African American Read-In University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • Dream Studio, KC, MO

  • SPARKS! OutLoud Alive, Nelson Atkins Museum KC, MO

  • Featured in documentary, Got Breast, by S. Tolbert and A. Walsh, KC, MO

  • American Family Insurance Black History Program, KC, MO

  • Words of Love 5, PROMO, KC, MO

  • KC Fringe Festival Indie Performance

  • The Legacy of Words, American Jazz Museum/ KC Public Library, KC, MO

  • UMKC Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, “Poetry Panel: Behind the Words”

  • *Kansas City Black United Front Annual Kwanzaa

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Love Jones Café, KC, MO 

  • R. Spot Barber and Books San Diego, CA

  • Soulistic—Red Vine, KC, MO

  • Poetic Notes, Qudos Cigar Bar, KC, MO

 

SELECTED APPEARANCES 2005-2011

                  *Indicates multiple appearances

  • *Center for Spiritual Living, KC, MO

  • 22nd National African American Read-In University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • UMKC APC Night with Rudy Currence MLK Celebration

  • Season for Non-Violence Celebration

  • Jardine’s Jazz Club KC, MO

  • St. Monica Catholic Church—St. Monica Celebration KC, MO

  • Celebration of Life Benefit—Epicurean Lounge KC, MO

  • Hip Hop Tribute—Common: Water for Chocolate, Czar Bar, KC, MO

  • Visions Of Peace Crossroad Festival, KC,MO

  • Common Thread Collaboration with Mama C, Jardine’s, KC, MO

  • Cave Canem Fellows Reading, University of Pittsburg-Greensburg

  • Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha 11th Annual MLK Breakfast

  • Johnson County Multicultural Fair

  • UMKC Multi-Cultural Student Affairs Lecture Series Mary Frances Berry

  • Summer Science Academy Poetry Night, Lawrence, KS

  • *100 High School Girls—American Association of University Women

 

Event Host or MC 2005-2011

         *indicates multiple events

  • *Rhythm Lounge Poetry and Karaoke Nights, KC, MO

  • *Pablo Sanhueza Latin Jazz Poetry Nights, Jardine’s Jazz KC, MO

  • Barnes and Nobles and American Jazz Museum Read In, KC, MO 

  • *C.R.E.W. Open Mic Poetry Night, KC, KS

  • *BPC—Black Poets Collective, Blue Room, KC, MO

 

Works in Progress​

  • Manuscript, Steelife

  • Novel, Growing Up Sina

 

Film

  • Kansas City Dreaming', (Diallo French) 2017

  • Natasha: Portrait of an Urban Poet (Harold Smith) 2010

  • Art Saved My Life (Damon Lee Patterson) 2013

 

 

 

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