Photo Credit: Sylvia Freeman
Lecturer, keynote speaker and consultant for groups such as NC Humanities Council Roads Scholar Program, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teachers, Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series, NC Writers Conference, Pamlico Writer’s Festival, Paul Green Foundation, San Louis Obispo California Poetry Festival, NC Writer’s Festival, UNC-Chapel Hill Law School, NC African-American Cultural Celebration, NC History Museum, Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, NC Library Association, Read Local NC Festival, Duke University Nasher Museum, Duke Medical Center, Alamance County Arts Council, West End Poetry Festival, Salem College Women Writers Center Advisory Board, Back Bone Press Advisory Board Member, International Prose Poetry Symposium, Marrakech Morocco.
Over the past forty years, I have taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes extensively at public libraries, universities and community colleges, public/private schools, and literary organizations such as the NC Writer’s Network, NC Poetry Society, Bates College Multicultural Studies Program, University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M, University of Santa Barbara, Rutgers University, St John’s University, The Christ School, St. Andrews University, Barton College, Chatham County Arts Council, The George School, Department of Cultural Resources for Brazil, and NC Turkish Association. As a creativity coach, I have facilitated workshops and training throughout the U.S, Europe, Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. In 2006 I was awarded a residency at The Taller Portobelo Artist Colony in historic Portobelo Panama and addressed the Congress of Diaspora Conference at the University of Panama, Carlow University MFA Program, visiting writer.
2013 featured commentator and creative advisor for GRITS Anthology (Girls Raised in the South) and final judge for the distinguished Lucille Clifton Poetry Award, Back Bone Press. Additionally, I judge poetry for schools, anthologies, and celebrated prizes such as the Julie Suk Poetry Award, NC Poetry Society, The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival, NC Poetry Out Loud, NC Emerging Artist Grant Judge, and SC Commission on the Arts Literature Panel Judge. I serve on the advisory boards of the Salem College Women Writer’s Center and Back Bone Press. In 2016 I was invited to moderate a panel on Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer’s Life and Preservation of the Historic Anne Spencer House Museum for Split this Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC.
As a community arts advocate, I create and facilitate programs that serve diverse audiences and populations: Upward Bound Programs, incarcerated, homeless, chronically and mentally ill, domestic violence, rape, and incest survivors, elderly, public and private schools, teachers, hospice care providers, substance abuse counselors, literacy programs, libraries, universities, humanities councils, immigrants, community economic development, and social justice nonprofits.
My poetry has been widely choreographed by numerous dance companies including Danca Nova at Colorado Naropa Institute for the Arts, The Chuck Davis African-American Dance Company at the Kennedy Center, Miami City Ballet, Two Near the Edge, Choreo Dance, Murmurations Dance Company, and the Duke University Dance Department.
I am the owner of SistaWRITE providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers based in North Carolina and Morocco.
Participation at the 2018 West End Poetry Festival
- Poet Laureate reading | Friday, October 19 | Flyleaf Books
For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.