2017-18 Literary Arts Fellow for the Mississippi Arts Commission
I'm very proud to announce that I have been selected as a Literary Arts Fellow with the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts in support of my work! I will release an official press release very shortly and it will be available for distribution on my website and via email/social media.
Mississippi Artist Roster - 2017 to 2020
I have been accepted into the Mississippi Art Commission's Artist Roster. I am excited to receive this support from MAC, and appreciate the great work they do in connecting artists to communities. This inclusion also gives support through MAC's Minigrant program to local non-profit organizations who wish to connect with me for presentations; organizations can request funding to help with fees for artists listed on this roster. The full explanation of guidelines and application form are available on MAC's website: MINI GRANT INFO
Open DOORS Project
The Open DOORS Project has successfully completed six months of community dialogue sessions in race and racism. Thanks to the support of the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC), I was able to work with a great team of facilitators to shape these discussion with a diverse group of community members throughout each session. We've been awarded additional funding from MHC to continue this work, so as of July, we move into Phase Two. This will be a planning period to build an extended platform at the end of the year, continuing this conversation through exciting new avenues.
I'm producing the Ink Festival, a literary arts celebration coming to Tupelo, MS September 8-9, featuring legendary spoken word artist Sunni Patterson, workshops, and the all-new UnSlam! More details to come...