Spoken word poetry affords me the opportunity to place a dual emphasis on my passion for writing and performing. The rhetorical and philosophical expression of my poetry is extremely effective in sharing with audiences not only what I am saying, but also in the manner which I choose to say it.
Through innumerable public school visits K-12, Universities, public workshops and partnerships with other arts organization I have become an influential voice and advocate for poetry and spoken word.
As a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission I helped to promote the arts as a vital tool for building communities by increasing exposure of a wide variety of art forms for the benefit of all its citizens.
My outreach project titled; Poetry in the 253 – Mouths & Mics is used as a vehicle to encourage young poets to use their literary voices and the language poetry provides as a highly organized form of self-expression and self–actualization. Life transformation has been the result as young people become custodians of the cultural, social and economic societies they choose to preserve through the written and spoken word.
An additional community outreach project include; “Recovery Poetic”, In which I teach how to use poetry and creative writing as a tool to help heal from the negative self-talk associated with the disease of addiction and other self esteem issues.
HBO Def Poetry
Tacoma Arts Commission
Seattle Rainbow Bookfest, Langston Hughes Performance Arts Center
Washington's Center “Curriculum for the Bioregion” – Works in Progress, University of Puget Sound
Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service, “Redeeming the Prophetic Vision”
Washington State Arts Commission - Poetry Out Loud Puget Sound Regional Final 2 Judging
Eleven Days in the Life of Dr. King, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Co-wrtten by Antonio Edwards
“Voices of the City”, Broadway Center of the Performing Arts, Community Arts Festival
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 240 minutes
Spoken word poetry is for the hearer and with a powerful voice I immediately engage audiences as soon as I am introduced. Often from where I am seated and before reaching the stage, I begin reciting familiar catchphrases that serve to peak interest and command attention throughout my original pieces. I express words purposefully by means of varying pitch, rate and volume to accentuate the delivery of the spoken word. The performance is further enhanced by using, stance, posture, gestures, movement, eye contact, and preparation specifically designed to connect with audiences and provide an overall entertaining poetic experience.
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My spoken word poetry reaches its fullest potential in the education and positive direction of others within avenues of creative expression, such as public speaking, art, drama and music and have been demonstrated at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Dash Center for the Arts, Tacoma School of the Arts, Free Ya Mind, Speak Your Soul and the Fab-5 L.I.F.E. art programs.
Mr. Rogers - Definition of Poetry - Many Poets
1. Ancient Egyptians to Hip Hop
4. One of a kind rhymes
5. Yaw Yaw
6. The Handshake
9. We represent God
11. God Pod
12. Puerto Rico
13. Once Upon a time on Hilltopia
14. Write to Delight
15. Trying to knock my shine
Pieces by other writers
17. He who knows not (Persian Proverb)
18. A Blues for Nina (Love Jones the movie)
19. A funk upon a time (George Clinton - Parliament - Funkadelic)
Past Booked Dates:
08-31-2012 — Tacoma City Association of Colored Women's Club 2316 S. Yakima Tacoma WA. 98405
07-21-2012 — Tacoma City Association of Colored Women's Club
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