Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I came to know poetry at the age of six when my mother read to me from Nikki Giovanni’s, “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day.” From then on, I developed an insatiable love for the written and spoken word.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Houston where I majored in Education and minored in Art and English. After graduation, I performed spoken word throughout the country as well as starred in several local plays before continuing on to receive my Masters in Literacy from Walden University.
Though I have always been a serious writer, my interest in visual arts began in 2012 when a visitor to my home begged to purchase two of my “dabblings” from the wall. Since that time I have been a featured live painter, exhibition artist, and vendor at The Writer’s Block, Black Girl Excellence, Domestic Violence Seminars, Midtown Arts Center, Culture Vulture Magazine, Galas and a host of other events.
Additionally, I am a K-8 Texas Certified teacher who has been in education for over 16 years and during my time as an educator, I have taught a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from Bridge Kinder to 8th grade. Though I currently teach art, the one thing that has remained a constant in my career is my love for teaching literacy. Literacy is fundamental in understanding all subjects as well as being the key to understanding and expressing one’s self.
I believe in placing God above all, and my favorite motto is “Don’t let your loyalty become your slavery. If they don’t appreciate what you bring to the table…let them eat alone.”