Through my artistic and educational work, I have been called upon to address young women and men directly as an inspirational speaker or workshop facilitator. These sessions, in the secular and sacred community often lead to me directing young adults to mental health services that can assist them. I have found that even if I do not have the professional training to assist them that first, baring witness to their experiences and struggles is a catalyst to their overall healing and treatment. I view my art and performance as a gate opener, an uncovering of what needs to be addressed and something to look to for inspiration.
Any opportunity I have to work with other artists is a chance to reach an audience I would otherwise be denied. Artists bring with them a perspective, insight, and community that otherwise would be inaccessible to each other. I enjoy collaborative poems with artists about specific topics and I enjoy sharing those poems for the purpose of healing, especially artists that are different from myself.
As an ally for many silenced communities, I believe that it is important for people who are not directly impacted by mental health issues should be included in the conversations about healing, stereotype, and marginalizing. I believe that my sensitivity and connection to the human spirit makes me a poet worthy of consideration of Heartland Consumer Network Poetry Feature.
Feature Poet Experience:
- R. Spot Barber and Books April 2005
- Soulistic—Red Vine, KC, MO 2004
- Jazz Poetry Jamz, American Jazz Museum, KC, MO May 2005
- Jazz Poetry Jamz, American Jazz Museum, KC, MO May 2004
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Love Jones Café, KC, MO May 2005
- Jazz Poetry Jamz American Jazz Museum, KC, MO December 2006
- American Family Insurance Black History Program, Kansas City, MO February 2007
- Words of Love 5, PROMO, KCMO, February 2007
- KC Fringe Festival Indie Performance with Communiversity and PresentMagazine.com, July 2007
- Dream Studio, KCMO, July 2009
- Capital Press: Family Coffee book Editor: Kwame Alexander
- Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees Edited by: DuEwa E. Frazier nominated for 2006 NAACP Image Award
- Black Magnolias Literary Journal Essay entitled, “Pap Smear”
- 76 Voices: African American Women Speak Editor: Rochelle Hart
- Introduction to Spitfire: Poetry and Short Stories By: Gino Morrow
- Desert in the Sun International Society of Poets
- Wind in the Sky International Society of Poets
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri: Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies: Concentration in African: American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Creative Writing
Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi: Bachelors of Arts in English and Secondary Education