Performance Poet, Teaching Artist, Mentor and Youth Activist with over 10 years experience in the national spoken word / poetry slam movement.
BOSTON COLLEGE ’96 – Bachelor of Arts: Double Major English/History
ST. JOHN’S HIGH SCHOOL ’92 – National Honors Society Member, Co-Editor Frontier Newspaper
2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Recipient – one of two fellowships awarded by the city every year to support the efforts of resident artists.
MASS L.E.A.P. – (Massachusetts Literary Education & Performance) a program of the MASS POETRY OUTREACH PROJECT 501(c)3 Non-Profit – Co-Founder & Managing Director – Jan ’11 – Present. Responsible for introducing students to the art of performance poetry through school residencies, teaching artist institute and the annual Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival. (www.massleapcollective.org)
Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School – Marlborough, MA – Speech & Debate Coach – 2013/2014
Poet in Residence – Westborough High School Spring 2013, 2014
Poet in Residence – Wayland High School (after school Sessions) Feb – May, 2013
Poet in Residence – Manchester Essex High School, Manchester by the Sea, MA, March 2013
Poet in Residence – North Brookfield High School, Wayland High School, Westborough High School & Manchester by the Sea High School – March2013 & 2014
Poet in Residence – Sarah Gibbons Middle School, Westboro, MA – 2011-2014 – Week long in school residency, teaching poetry workshops, working one on one with students and coordinating day long school assembly poetry slam performances.
stART on the Street Festival – Poetry Coordinator& Performer 2009-Present
coordinated Worcester Poetry Collective Spoken Word Sampler CD – distributed over 500 free copies to promote spoken word venues in Worcester.
Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Teams 2004-2011 – organized, raised money, coached and chaperoned teens to Brave New Voices Festival in Chicago, Los Angeles & San Francisco respectively.
Worcester County Young Writers Conference St. John’s High School April ’08-present – Poetry Mentor. Workshop & Performances for this annual day long conference.
Assabet Valley Regional High School, Marlboro, 2009-present – Organized & hosted school assembly poetry slam showcase for over 300 students.
Clark University – Fall ’08-Present – Hosted, booked & promoted monthly youth & college poetry slam series. Supported by Worcester Arts Council Grant in 2010.
First Night Worcester – New Years Eve ”08 & 09 – Organized & Hosted Youth Poetry Showcase as part of Worcester County Poetry Association Event.
Individual World Poetry Slam (I.W.P.S.) – Dec. ’08 – Worcester Representative for Tournament in Charlotte NC, competing against over 70 poets.
2008 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team –July ’08 – chaperoned team of 6 teens to Brave New Voices Festival in Washington DC (featured on HBO documentary series.)
Java Hut & Q Cafe –Fall ’07-Spring ’08 – Host – Monthly Youth Events
“FETCH” – 2007 –WGBH produced youth television program, syndicated nationally on PBS – guest appearance as “Poetry Mentor” for Season #2 Episode.
2007 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team – Coach / Chaperoned 4 teens to San Jose, California for Brave New Voices Festival.
Worcester County Poetry Association –featured at annual meeting, invited to serve on Board of Directors, Fall ’07-present.
Worcester Public Library – Organized and presented youth poetry demo slam showcases, sponsored by Youth Action Council ’04-’07
NORTH AMERICAN TOURSept ’05-March ’06 to promote full length poetry album, I am B,(recorded through Theta State Productions) available on www.cdbaby.com – over 75 featured performances in 25 U.S. States & Canadian Provinces, including shows in Ottawa Ontario, Chicago, Berkeley CA, Syracuse University, Austin TX, Denver CO & Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jim Carroll Band – Opening Act –April ’05 Lucky Dog, Worcester
2005Individual World Poetry Slam“Last Chance Slam”champion, winning final spot in tournament, going on to place 17thout of 64 competitors, Worcester.
2005 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team –coached & chaperoned 5 teens to Brave New Voices Youth Festival in San Francisco, CA.
Y.O.U. Inc.(Youth Opportunities Upheld)Kathleen Burns Prep School – 10 session poetry workshop series. Spring ’05.
2004 PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR –Nov. 04 to promote full length book, w/ 10 featured performances throughout Oregon and Washington.
2004 Worcester Poetry Slam Team –represented Worcester at 2004 National Poetry Slam in St. Louis MO. Aug, ’04
Cambridge Poetry Award Winner -’04 – founding ensemble cast member “Doc Brown’s Poetry Circus” – year long weekly residency at Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway Theaterin Somerville, MA
2004 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team –coached & chaperoned 6 teens to Brave New Voices Youth Festival in Los Angeles, CA.
Speakout! Youth Poetry Slam Series, Fall ’03-Spring ’05 – Organized, booked & hosted youth poetry slam series and reading with Worcester Artists Group in Sprinkler Factory Gallery Space.
2003 Providence Poetry Slam Team –Competed at 2003 National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL, reaching semi-finals & placing 5thout of 70 teams nationally.
HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE SPOKEN WORD FESTIVAL – Sept. ’02, kicked off two day festival alongside SKINT, rock, jazz, spoken word fusion ensemble.
2002 Boston Cantab Lounge Poetry Slam Team – Competed at 2002 National Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, MN.
2001 Worcester Poetry Slam Team –Alternate for 2001 National Poetry Slam in Seattle, Washington.
ABBEY THEATER SUMMER WORKSHOP –summer 1996, studied abroad through Boston College Program in Dublin Ireland, 5 week play writing, acting & Irish Theater History intensive program facilitated by Tony Award Winning Director Thomas McKenna at Ireland’s National Theater.