I've had the opportunity to work with many magnificent writers thus far on my artistic journey. These experiences have led me to feel free to expand the boundaries of my creative mind and focus on what my poems are trying to say. I aim to make that happen in ways complementary to my unique voice as a writer while prompting dialogue and exchange among my readers.
As a teaching artist, I am particularly dedicated to unifying the community, promoting cultural development and advocating for health and wellness by integrating yoga into the creative writing process. In 2014, I began leading a course that does just that. By studying the way your body moves, then challenging your mind to move your body beyond presumed physical boundaries, you can do the same for your mind when it comes to your own writing. Since yoga means “to join, unite, to yolk together,” it is my consistent artistic goal to be able to unify every aspect of my life into my art, so that it can truly manifest as the sacred form of itself in one-ness.
My current collection of poems works to demythologize the mystical, particularly in regards to traditional African and Diasporic spirituality. These poems move from the present toward the future, with the past running concurrently alongside each seam. Through frequent interrogation and adaptation of persona, these poems seek to reaffirm the one-ness of multiple identities, most often in a way that leaves sole authority with the readers themselves.
"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth." -June Jordan