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Career Summary

    2018-Present Executive Director - Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
    2014-2018 Director of Education & Public Programs - The Black Archives of Mid-America
    2004-2014 Poetry-in-Residence/Education Programs Director - The American Jazz Museum
    2002-2004 Director, Urban Transcendence Poetry Project - Kansas City Mentoring Initiative
    2000-Present Poetry Instructor - Kansas University Medical Center K-12 Initiative
    1997-2000 Founder, Creative Director - Verbal Attack!

Workshops

    Spaces Within Spoken Out Loud - Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop
    Impressions and Improvisations Youth Poetry Workshop
    I Am The Super Hero in My Story
    Write On! Creative Writing Workshop - Greater Kansas City Writing Project
    Cracking the Code - Poetry Interpretation Workshop

Exhibitions Featuring Visual and/or Ekphrastic Poetry

    The Colors of Jazz / American Jazz Museum Changing Gallery
    America: Now and Here / Leedy-Voulkus Art Center
    Reflections of Jazz / American Jazz Museum Changing Gallery
    Beyond Words: A Fusion of Poetry, Jazz, and Visual Art / American Jazz Museum Changing Gallery
    Let The Church Say Amen / Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
    Hands Up, Donít Shoot / Portfolio Gallery & Art Center St. Louis, MO

Poetry Readings and Featured Performances

    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
    Kansas City Art Institute
    Folly Theater, Kansas City Missouri
    Kansas University, Make It Funky
    Emporia State University
    Salina Spring Poetry Reading Series
    University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE
    Diverse Dialogues on Race & Culture, The Langston Hughes Center / Lawrence Public Library
    University of Southwest Minnesota
    Kansas City Public Library

Honors and Awards

    2010 Crystal Field Poetry Award
    2009 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award,
    2009-Present   Cave Canem Poetry Writing Fellow
    2008 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow
    2016-Present   Poet Laureate 18th & Vine Historic District