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Choose them wisely."

NEWS & EVENTS

 

Here are some of the events where I've been performing lately. Contact me if you need a speaker! Rates negotiable.

Oct. 23 

I'm teaching a poetry workshop to business professionals over lunch
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://eventful.com/portland_or/events/bca-lunch-learn-poetry-workshop-/E0-001-061896823-2

Oct. 22 

Performing my poem "Art Saved My Life" at Portland Children's Museum

 

I will be on at the close of the program for the opening reception for the Associates Program of Business for Culture and the Arts, from 5:30-8 p.m. BCA Associates is a program for young professionals to participate in a 8-month introduction to Greater Portland’s arts and culture scene while making friends and meeting new people. Associates attend arts and cultural events together, explore skills in the arts and civic engagement, and enjoy a friendly competition among colleagues that results in new opportunities for community leadership in the arts. This is an opportunity to experience the arts and find your passions and pathways!

 

http://www.businessculturearts.org/programs-events/associates

Oct. 21 

I'm singing at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle
 

Ten years ago, Seattle resident Nancy Murphy heard me sing at a DV benefit in Portland. She says she never forgot it. So, when her agency, Northwest Family Life,  decided to put on a fundraiser to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Month, she invited me to participate. The event will also feature two live music performances - Mr. & Mrs. Something followed by Soul Finga. Doors open at 6:15pm, programs starts at 7:00pm and runs until approximately 9:00pm. Northwest Family Life is a Seattle-based learning and counseling center with a network of counselors and advocates working together to provide a therapeutic setting as a way to heal.

 

http://northwestfamilylife.org/events/

Oct. 9 

I was the Storyweaver Emcee for the 10th anniversary World Pulse celebration
 

 

World Pulse is a global connector that helps women around the world discover the power of their own voice. This empowering Portland, Ore.-based organization offers a digital platform that helps women from small towns, villages and third-world countries be heard by international governments and receive the support to help transform their communities. 

 

www.WorldPulse.com

Sept. 17

I performed my poetry at The Blue Monk in Portland
 

This poetry reading series - Unchaste Readers: Women Reading Their Minds - invites women poets to read their original work. Some of the poets are experienced, some are newbies. But, all are exceptional writers. This regular series is organized and co-hosted by Jenny Forrester who invited me to perform after remembering me from years ago when I taught her now-grown daughter at Metropolitan Learning Center.  

 

http://jennyforrester.com/blog/

 

 

Aug. 24

I performed in honor of  Portland's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
 

I invited my 8-year-old grand-niece Jaeda to help lead the crowd in a call-and-response chant. This was the first time she had taken the mic in front of an audience.

 

    I am a Freedom Fighter - I got something to say

    I am a Freedom Fighter - Now, get out of my way

    I am a Freedom Fighter - Ain't afraid to speak my mind

    I am a Freedom Fighter - I ain't gwon step aside

 

A few years ago, Jaeda's father, Aaron Campbell, was shot in the back and killed by Portland Police. He was unarmed.

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/08/marchers_in_portland_commemora.html

 

July

I was a featured reader at Powell's Books

 

I joined Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen (r) at this poetry reading in honor of the release of the book,  "Where the Roses Smell The Best," a collection of short stories, vignettes, poems and visual art that highlights the people, places and lifestyles of Portland. Students, community members, acclaimed writers, and poets worked together with Roosevelt High School's Writing and Publishing Center to create the anthology.

 

http://www.powells.com/biblio/9781939957009