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Selected Arts Activities

2008 -2015

Curated and Moderated Activities

  • HOME Reading Series at Hillyer Artspace (curator and host), Washington, DC 2008 -2010 – I curated poetry reading and performance art presentations.
  • Poetic Voices Series: (curator and moderator), The Phillips Collection, 2008-2009
  • The Sickness:The Art of Aniekan Udofia, (curator), Dissident Display Gallery, Washington, DC 2009 – I co-curated this exhibition and wrote an essay describing the artists new body of work.
  • Africa In Motion (co-curator and host), Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 2010 – I was part of a curatorial team that selected the poets and musicians for this after hours event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the independence of 17 African nations. My brief talk used Robert Farris Thompson’s African Art in Motion and African Art and Motion to contextualize the use of drumming, poetry and visual art, not only celebrate independence, but transcendence.
  • Black Ink Hanzi Reading, The Center for Poetic Thought, 2014:  A panel of African American poets doing work in China. The poets discussed how their lives and work brought them to China and how it has informed their work.
  • District of Literature Festival, Sterling Brown Panel: This event was a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Folger Shakespeare Library, an the American Poetry Museum. I developed the idea and moderated the panel consisting of A.B. Spellman, who was student of Brown’s at Howard University; Dr. Tony Medina, a professor of Creative Writing at Howard University; and Shakema Smalls, a former student of Dr. Medina’s and an emerging poet.
  • Collaboration with Washington Performing Arts, The Center for Poetic Thought, 2015:   Developed programming in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts, including Ourselves, We Sing a mini-festival of readings and panels about literary Washington DC and the first Poet Laureate of Washington DC, Sterling A. Brown.

Publications/ Readings

  • WETA (featured reader), 2008“Song for Anacostia” (recording also published on Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s Audio Issue.
  • 89.3 WPFW (various programs: Blackademics, Writer’s Bloc, etc), (Featured Reader), Washington, DC, 2005-2008
  • College Language Association, Lenses of Liberation: New Voices of Personal and Political Protest (Panelist), 2009 – I presented a short paper here and read some poems that demonstrated the notion of “the personal as the political”.
  • Full Moon on K Street:Poems About Washington DC (Anthology), “Song for Anacostia” (Plan B Press, 2009)
  • POST NO ILLS (editor Kyle Dargan), (Inter)review of Gregory Pardlo’s Totem, 2009 – Poet Abdul Ali and I recorded our discussion/review on Pardlo’s Totem in mp3 format and it was published on the POST NO ILLS web journal.
  • Washington Meets Wales – (featured reader) March 2009 – I was featured along with Welsh writers Catrin Dafydd, Owen Sheers, Fflur Dafydd, Tom Anderson and Eurig Salisbury, and DC poets, Ethelbert Miller and Kyle Dargan.
  • Touchstone Gallery, (featured reader with a jazz band), 2009 – Along side a Latin jazz ensemble led by bassist Pepe Gonzalez, poet Samuel Miranda and I read poems to compliment an exhibition of Latin American painters.
  • Tidal Basin Review, (poetry editor), Washington, DC 2009-present – As a poetry editor I solicit, select and edit submissions for Tidal Basin Review. I also conduct interviews with visual artists and poets.
  • NEA Arts Magazine – online (Interview) , 2010 – I was interviewed about the community work I have been doing in Anacostia, in DC at large and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • National League of Pen Women (featured reader) , February 2010 – Through my work with the American Poetry Museum poet Holly Bass and I read with Kay Ryan, who was the US Poet Laureate at the time.
  • Gargoyle, #57,half-note” and “Solidarity”, 2011– 2 poems accepted
  • DC Spotlight Online Newspaper, “Solidarity” and “Song for Anacostia”, June 2011– 2 poems accepted
  • Library of Congress’ The Poet and the Poem Audio Podcast (featured reader), 2011 – I was selected by Grace Cavaleri for this podcast. It was an honor and a privilege to be featured on this program with so many of the poets and writers that I hold in such high esteem.
  • Goethe-Institut, (featured reader, curator), Time Shadows Translation Project, Washington, DC 2011 – My poem “untitled (for Ella)” was selected to be a part of translation project and reading series between German, American, and Chinese poets. This project was a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut, the Confucius Institutle, George Mason University, The Writers Center, and DC Public Library. After the end of the project I was asked to continue working as a co-curator of the project.
  • Larry Neal Sessions (featured reader), 2012 – As a winner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Larry Neal Writers Award, a recording of my winning poem was posted on The Commission’s website.
  • TEDxPotomacLive (feature speaker), 2012 – I gave talk suggesting that poets and the page do not have a monopoly on poetry and that poetry can be found where we least expect it.
  • TEDxWDC (webmaster and featured speaker), 2012 – I gave a talk entitled “The 4C’s of Collaboration or The Poetics of Collaboration.” The main idea of the talk was to articulate 4 principles I learned about collaboration by writing poems, the 4C’s are: Compassion, Communication, Community, and Commitment. Another intention of the talk was to suggest that these 4C’s are just as applicable in the business world as they are in writing poetry.
  • Ceremonies of Dark Men (CoDM), 2014 CoDM is a public art project curated by critic A.M. Weaver, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 5 X 5 Public Art Project.


  • Moving Words Student Poetry competition (judge) , 2011 – I was honored to be a part of this competition which selects original poems written by students from elementary to high school that will be a part of public art installations in Arlington County, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County, and Fairfax City in Va
  • Poetry Out Loud (judge) , 2010 and 2011 – This was a very inspiring experience to see young people so excited about reciting poetry in such a dramatic and spirited manner.
  • Mayors Arts Award (judge), 2012 – I was asked by the Program Director to act as a judge because of my broad knowledge in the literary, visual and performing arts.
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Larry Neal Writers Award (Award winner) , 2012 – My poem, ” For the Letter H” was awarded the prize.
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship, 2014
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Consume/d”, Fledgling Rag #13, 2014
  • Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Divine Comedy Ekphrastic Poetry Contest for “Below as Above,” winner, 2015

Personal Projects

  • : I use this website as a “portal” to share information on my personal projects and publications. I also use my websites to promote the art and culture of the African Diaspora in Washington DC and beyond.
  • Board of Directors, Arch Development Corporation (arts based community development)
  • Digital Archiving and Documentation Project: This is a long term documentary project that digitally documents and records concerts, readings, lectures, and symposia for further study. My hope is to donate these audio recordings to an institution that has the resources to edit them and use them on the web, in the classroom and beyond.
  • Interactivity Foundation (panelist and facilitator) Future of the Arts & Society Report, Washington, DC 2011-presentThe Interactivity Foundation (or IF) works to engage citizens in the exploration and development of possibilities for public policy through small group discussion. my first engagement with IF was as a panelist for the creation of Future of the Arts & Society Report. IF Fellow, Dr. Natalie Hopkinson asked me to serve as a discussion facilitator for a IF’s new Urban Initiative.


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