My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and later moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
I was a track and field athlete for most of my adolescence and planned the majority of my young life around my athletics.
As I got older, I began to realize I was no longer passionate about sports and had to make a drastic change—I followed my other interests in writing and performing and changed my major to theater.
While still in college, I found out I was pregnant, which made me stand out in my conservative religious community—I withdrew from college and got married so as to not embarrass my family.
I got a job working as a customer care representative at CVS Caremark and had two more children over the following three years.
I continued performing my poetry along with a friend as part of our duo group Gravaty, and was named the 2007 Southern Entertainment Artist of the Year.
Eventually, I got fed up with my 9-to-5 job and the path I was on, so I quit my job and decided to pursue poetry and performing full time.
I’m now a teaching artist and poet mentor at Southern Word and I also direct, write, and act in stage performances in my community in the hopes of empowering others with my words.
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