creative Consulting + collaborations
banner art installation project
Writer ⋅ Banner Art Installation Project with The Women’s Center + Hite Art Institute ⋅ 2018
- Create text for multi-disciplinary and purpose-driven collaborative project
- Promote diversity, resources, and programs at the University of Louisville
#KnowMoore cultural dialoguers
Creative Consultant ⋅ #KnowMoore Cultural Dialoguers ⋅ 2018
- Collaborate with artists, teachers, and social justice activists for JCPS Storytelling Project
- Engage with and serve as a resource for students of Moore HS on their creative projects
Community Literacy initiatives
Instructor. Student Workshop ⋅ 2020
- Invited by Kristi Maxwell and the Creative Writing Department at the University of Louisville.
- Facilitated two one-hour generative writing sessions with students of Aletha Fields at Iroquois HS.
Facilitator. “In Other Words” Louisville Literary Arts Free Community Workshop ⋅ 2019
- Design and develop all workshop materials, lessons, and writing prompts
- Coordinate with LLA, Frazier History Museum, and WXOX Radio to develop LLA’s first free community workshop & reading https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/community-workshops
Producer + Curator.Kleinhelter Gallery Invitational ⋅ 2019
- Partnered with local art gallery to host a public reading for local writers and artists
- Bring attention to the poetic form and the art gallery after its grand re-opening
river city revue
Founder, Producer, + Curator. Reading Series ⋅ 2016-Present
- Oversee all event planning, scheduling, and networking of the series
- Pursue interactive community partnerships (LGBTQ+ Groups, Young Authors Greenhouse)
River City Revue started as a free monthly reading series at The Bard’s Town featuring established and emerging poets and musicians. To facilitate more community-building, RCR now features as pop-up events at various places throughout the Louisville area.
River City Revue as a reading series has received recognition in Insider Louisville, Louisville.com, WFPL News, 91.9 WFPK Radio, and at Louisville Literary Arts Writer’s Block Festival. In this leadership role, I actively pursue interactive community partnerships that have led to directing and coordinating workshops designed to reach and serve marginalized and underrepresented voices of Louisville.
Spalding university mfa
writing + art
Reverse-Ekphrasis w/ Aaron Lubrik’s Advanced Painting Course
“Venus in retrograde”
On the outer edge of Venus in retrograde, the moon tells me—It’s a time to shed.
A snake about to shed its skin is known as being in the blue.
Scales become dull, eyes cloudy. And because they cannot see well, there’s an increase in nervous behavior.
A snake sloughs its body, including eye caps, all at once.
However, sometimes the blues stay, and the shedding is incomplete.
When I Google this phenomenon, the internet tells me it’s from poor husbandry. From trauma.
Quote: Trauma, and too much handling, can result in your snake not properly shedding.
Whole shedding should always include the eye(s).
The moon tells me: We do not have to limit our becoming.
The sky shifts, and I return to reading Sappho – fragments of a self, sewn between brackets.
The moon uncovers her veil from my view, and I extend my silences
not silences at all,
[ ] pieces
of my own shedding.