When asked who I am and what I do I find it hard to subscribe to any one definition; rather I define self as encompassing aspects of the artist, writer, poet, performer, eternal student, teacher, activist, and photographer. I cannot recall a time that I did not write; however it was not until college that I was introduced to performance poetry. After meeting Alive Poet, a fellow classmate, I joined our college writing/poetry group the Dead Poets and began performing under the pen name Soul D. (Spirit of Unconditional Love… Deep) throughout the Seattle area. Alive and I, along with other artists and friends, would later found and host Essence of the Soul Open Mic and I would be published for the first time in Spindrift Art & Literary Journal.
During this time I also "taught" a creative writing class for the Black Prisoner's Caucus at the Washington State Reformatory- while I may have facilitated the class, at age 18 I hardly think I was teaching the men anywhere near as much as they were teaching me. My collaboration with the men resulted in a multidimensional presentation of their poetry- Food for the Soul Monroe Poetry Project- designed to bring their voices to the greater community as well as a poetry anthology entitled It's Not by Coincidence... It's by Design.
Upon completing my Associates' Degree I began my journey to the East Coast where I finished a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. After residing in the Hampton Roads Area for a few years, (performing at and experiencing the amazing talent of Fuzzy Wednesday's with Godchild and the Fuzz Band as well as my short stint as a member of Hampton's SPARK ONE poetry organization) I moved to the Washington DC metro area where I completed a Master's degree in Sociology.
Having spent a year teaching sociology in Birmingham, Alabama, I found my way back to the Washington metropolitan area where I finished my Ph.D. in Sociology focusing on spoken word performance poetry am currently teaching and working in student affairs at UMD.
I welcome you to sit back, relax, and contemplate... May you find inspiration.