Features, Projects, and Publications

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Grand Ave Festival 2016 | Phoenix, AZ | Photo Credit: Shawnte Orion

Current Projects

Criss-Cross Poetry: a poetry series in Tempe, AZ aimed at validating the art of spoken word poetry and providing a platform for emerging artists to test their chops before jumping into the competitive slam scene.

Poetry and Adjunctive Therapy: a partnership with Aurora Behavioral Health in Tempe, AZ where adolescents participate in a workshop environment to learn and utilize the art of spoken word poetry to mediate their struggles with mental illness.

Arokiya Sponsorship Programming: a developing child-sponsorship program of HIV+ children and young adults in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Pandan Public Health Interventions: an ongoing research and implementation project focused on alleviating and obliterating barriers to health services in Pandan, Catanduanes, Philippines.

Water Sprouts Collective: a writing collective focused on publishing, performance, and mentorship with a focus on authenticity, joy, growth, and freedom.

Features and Performances

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival – Flagstaff, AZ. February 2018.
Straight Outta Poetry, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mesa, AZ. February 2018.
All-Arizona Slam Championship – Maricopa, AZ. January 2018.
Undergraduate Writer Showcase, Arizona State University Tempe – Tempe, AZ. November 2017. (Selection Panelist)
Arizona Keystone Mental Health Fiar, Arizona State Univeristy Downtown PHX – Phoenix, AZ. October 2017. (Presenter, The Art of Healing: Therapeutic Poetry & Prose)
Community Poetry Gardens, Pan-American Charter School – Phoenix, AZ. October 2017.
Phoenix Poetry Series with Anna Flores, Filmore Coffee – Phoenix, AZ. August 2017.
Art, Justice, Ethnography: Poetry in the New Millennium, C-MOD Curated Modern Design – Phoenix, AZ. April 2017.
Cactus Well: A Creative Writing Exchange, Arizona State University Tempe – Tempe, AZ. April 2017. (Panelist)
The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Pecos Campus – Chandler, AZ. April 2017
Poetry and Philanthropy with ASU Peace Corps, Arizona State University Tempe – Tempe, AZ. April 2017.
Sparky Slam, Arizona State University Polytechnic – Mesa, AZ. March 2017. (Judge)
Wordplay Café, Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, AZ. March, 2017.
Local to Global Justice, Roosevelt Row at Phoenix Hostel – Phoenix, AZ. February 2017.
Poetry and Music Festivus, Roosevelt Row at Alwun House – Phoenix, AZ. February 2017.
Southwest Regional Poetry Slam, The Duke at Rancho El Dorado – Maricopa, AZ. January 2017.
Nasty Women, Grand artHAUS – Phoenix, AZ. January 2017.
Grand Ave Festival, Grand Ave – Phoenix, AZ. November 2016.
Public Art and Poetry Showcase, Roosevelt Row at Lawn Gnome Publishing – Phoenix, AZ. November 2016.
Phoenix Poetry Slam finalist, Lawn Gnome Publishing – Phoenix, AZ. November 2016.
Cultural Storytelling, {9} the Gallery and The Grand Central Coffee Company – Phoenix, AZ. May 2016 and November 2017.

Articles

Healing with poetry: Student takes on the Phoenix slam poetry scene” by Sckylar Gibby-Brown
The State Press – Nov 20, 2016

Students find healing through spoken-word poetry” by Hayley Brand
The State Press –  Nov 2, 2016

ASU students commit to boosting global health, starting with Uganda” by Rebecca Howe
ASU Now – Sep 24, 2014

Publications

“Cocks, Pigs, and Fish”, a nonfiction autoethnography. Write on, Downtown Issue 11, April 2017.
“Tomorrow”, a short fiction piece. Weaving the Threads printed by Four Chambers Press, February 2017.
“To Be a Coconut”, a spoken-word poem. Write on, Downtown Issue 10, May 2016.
“To Be a Coconut”, a spoken-word poem. Cultural Stories Chapbook, May 2016.

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