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Master of Fine Arts, English and Creative Writing, Mills College, January 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, Clark Atlanta University, June 1996




Split This Rock! Books We Love 2015 for Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation

The Missouri Review Audio Poetry Contest Runner-Up, 2014

Queens Art Express, 2013

Chosen as one of seven artists featured in video and articles by Queens Council on the Arts

Queens Council on the Arts Grant. “Osain’s Children” 2010

Awarded $1,500 to do research on herbalists of the African diaspora. Created Videos and conducted workshops on herbal remedies and making kitchen medicine.






Strut. Los Angeles, California: Agape Editions (forthcoming).

Layla’s Happiness Book. Brooklyn, New York: Enchanted Lion Books (forthcoming).

Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation. Bronx, NY: Grand Concourse Press, 2015.

Karma’s Footsteps. London, England: Flipped Eye, 2011.


Works in Anthologies

“Unheeled.” The Political Punch. Frazier-Foley and Smith, Eds, Knoxville: Sundress Publications, 2016.

“The Brazen Hussy Blues.” Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poets. Spriggs and Stoykova Klemer, Eds. Lexington: Accents Publishing, 2016.

“Paper Bag Poems,” “Global Warming Blues,” “Sunday,” and “Possible.” The BreakBeat Poets: New

American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Coval, Lansana, Marshall, Eds. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2015.

“We Still Don’t Know.” New Rain: 35th Anniversary Anthology. Gary Johnston, Ed. Bronx: Blind Beggar Press, 2013.

“Oshun Breaks it Down” and “Mami Wata” Black Mermaids: In Vision and Verse. Torreah Washington,Ed. Exhibition Catalogue, 2012.

“My Great-great Grandmother Talks to Michelle Obama.” Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady. Brooks-Bertram, Nevergold Eds. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.

“Note From a Loving Wife.” Revenge & Forgiveness: An Anthology of Poems Ed. Patrice Vecchione. New York: Henry Holt, 2004.

“Height.” The Body Eclectic Ed. Patrice Vecchione. New York: Henry Holt, 2002

“Raindrop Women.” Beyond The Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century. E. Ethelbert Miller Ed. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 2002.

“Why I Still Write.” The Book of Hope. Birgitta Jonsdottir, Ed. Beyond Borders, 2002.

“New Recipe” and “I was There Once.” Role Call. Ali, Bashir, Medina, Eds. Chicago: Third World Press, 2002.

“Medusa.” Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Eds. Medina, Rivera, New York: Random House, 2001.

“Barefoot Stroll,” “Forced Entry,” “Evolution,” “Elemental Sounds,” “Sometimes,” “Recollect,”

“Domino Effect,” “Distance is Destination,” “Serenade,” and “A Woman’s Poetic” Listen Up! Zoe Anglesey, Ed. One World/Ballantine, 1999.

“Karma’s Footsteps.” Catch The Fire!!! A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry Derrick Gilbert, Ed. Penguin/ Putnam, 1997.


Works in Literary Journals and Magazines

Essays & Other Prose:

“On Prioritizing My Rage.” ThetheInfoxicated Corner. June 2015.

“The World Is Much Less Safe.” VIDA April 2014.

“Letter To A Young Poet Dedicated To Crafting Our Liberation.” Her Kind. March 2013.

“Rebirth.” The Mom Egg Blog. June 2010.

On Solace” Beats, Rhymes, and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip-Hop. Eds. Jasper, Womack, Moon/ Eds. New York: Broadway Books, 2007

“Pieces Of A Dream.” Sable. Autumn/Fall 2007.

“Conversations With Strangers.” MamaBlogger 365. March 2011.



“Infinity.” No, Dear. Issue 17. 2016.

“Rain,” “Blaze,” “Mama Haiku 2” Newtown Literary. Issue 8. Spring/Summer 2016.

“How to be a Woman According to Prime Time” WordPeace. February 2016.

“Homage to my Breasts (after Lucille Clifton)” The Wide Shore. January 2016.

“Ars Poetica,” “Garment Working Women,” “First of All It’s Hard to Write About You Using Lined Paper but I’ll Try,” “Warning,” “Polaris,” The Poetry Mail. October 2015.

“After the Ansel Adams Exhibit.” North American Review. Volume 300. Number 3. Summer 2015.

“Letter Twelve.” This. May 2015.

“Pencil,The Day I Knew I Loved You.” 90’s Meg Ryan. June 2015.

“Gap Toothed Woman,”“ Real Woman’s Survival Haiku.” Hysteria. Issue #3. Feb 2015

“Paper Bag Poems,” “Blue Libation,” “Mama Haiku 1,” “Memory,” “The Clean Earth Conference Blues,” “What I Remember.” Black Renaissance Noire. Volume 14. Issue 2. Fall 2014.

“Global Warming Blues.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly. Vol. 42: 1&2. Spring/Summer 2014.

“Give and Take.” Center for Book Arts Broadside Series. June 2014.

“I Want to Take Him,” “Letter to Continuum.” The Pierian. Spring 2014.

“Sovereign,” “Ancient,” Mosaic Magazine. Summer 2014.

“Sunday.” Minerva Rising. Issue 5. Spring 2014.

“Why You’ve Loved Me Ever Since You Started Thinking In English.” North American Review. Winter 2014. Volume 299. Number 1.

“New York Talk.” Specter Magazine. Summer 2012.

“The Bembe,” “Poetic Form,” “Monday.” Oya N’Soro. June 2012.

“Madness.” African Voices Magazine. Spring/Summer 2012.

“Strut.” Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon. June 2011.

“Learning To Swim.” Badilisha Poetry Exchange. July 2010.

“Learning To Swim.” The Mom Egg. 2009.

“Visibility.” Mothering Magazine Online. February 2009.

“Her Voice.” Crab Orchard Review. Winter 2005.

“Suddenly I Need One Thing Constant.” African Bulletin. Winter 2003.

“A Woman’s Poetic.” Carapace Issue 31 Spring 2002.

“The Apprentice,” “Cheyenne Speaking.” Paris/Atlantic Vol. XXII No. 1 Spring 2000.

“War Dance.” Drumvoices Revue Vol. 19 Summer/Fall 2000.

“Go Figure.” Quarterly Black Review Vol. 6 No. 3 Summer 1999.

“You.” Visions No.61.

“Lineage,” “New Recipe,” “Reflections of the Daughter.” Drumvoices Revue special double issue Vol. 8 No.’s 1&2 1999.

“Musings of a Moon Maiden,” “Scenario,” “Only.” Paris/Atlantic Vol. XX No. 2 Winter 1998.

“Serenade.” New Millenium Writings Vol. 3 issue 1 Spring/Summer 1999.

“Kitchen Cauldron.” African Voices Vol. 6 issue 4 Fall 1999.

“Forced Entry.” Rappages Vol. 7 No. 9 Jan 1998.

“Raindrop Women,” “Lineage.” BOMB No. 59 Spring 1997.

“Karma’s Footsteps.” Long Shot Vol. 19 1997.

“Moments.” African Voices Vol. 3 issue 2 Winter 1996/1996.





Mount Chocorua Writing Week,            Conway, NH              July 2016

Conducted writing workshops that approached letter writing as healing, revelatory, transformative and literary.


Mount Chocorua Writing Week,            Conway, NH             July 2013

Conducted Blues Poems Workshop. Discussed why this often misunderstood art is the perfect poetic form to explore identity, express complex feelings and share survival stories. Listened to different styles of blues, read blues poetry and created our own versions of the blues.


University of Scranton, Scranton, OH             April 2013

Discussed the importance of seeing old things with new eyes as writers.


University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS             April 2013

Conducted writing exercises that allowed us to write about familiar objects in unfamiliar and surprising ways.


Jackson State University, Jackson, MS             April 2013

Discussed the writers’ life, revision, and generated new work as a guest instructor in a three hour creative writing class.


Northeastern State University, Talequah, OK             April 2013

Explored writing through our senses and allowing external objects to assist us in hearing internal dialogues.


Wright State University, Dayton, OH             March 2013

Guest lectured in a creative writing class. Used everyday objects to explore writing through the senses.


Shaw University, Raleigh, NC             March 2013

Discussed ways to approach writing that honor our unique voices and visions. Explored prompts that students can use every day to generate new writing.


Whitehall High School, Whitehall, PA             March 2013

Explored the importance of using the senses to create strong settings, three dimensional characters and write about common things in unexpected ways. Students created and shared three pieces of writing.


William Woods University, Fulton, MO             February 2013

Discussed the impact that deep listening and seeing has on writing. Conducted exercises to generate writing based on overlooked objects from our daily lives.


Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX             February 2013

Guest lectured in creative writing class, conducted generative writing exercises and discussed how developing our senses creates vivid, memorable work. 

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX             February 2013

Conducted workshop focused on sight, sound and developing habits that can generate more visceral writing.

Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, New York, NY             November 2012

Taught two hour workshop on the importance of waking up the senses and weaving the body’s knowledge through all forms of writing. Students produced six pieces of writing and shared them during the session.


World Fellowship Center, Conway, NH             July 2012

Conducted a two-hour workshop at a social justice and environmental camp on weaving our own stories with our political concerns to create poetry.

African Voices Magazine, New York, NY             Sept-Nov2003

Conducted an eight-week writing workshop on the craft of poetry, revision, performance, and the business of writing. Series ended with a standing room only poetry reading.


Oak Park Forest High School, Chicago, IL             September 2003

Taught five creative writing classes a day and lectured on the Black Arts Movement.


Kingsland Secondary, London, UK             Feb-June 2003

Worked with two classes at Kingsland Secondary in Hackney. Introduced students to

poetic devices, such as imagery, metaphor, simile, alliteration etc. Conducted in-class poetry reading auditions to choose seven students for a team of poets to compete in the Inner-London Teen Poetry Slam. Worked intensely on writing and performance during seven after-school sessions. Resulting work is documented in a book and on a CD.


Palabras, Amsterdam, The Netherlands             May 2003

Conducted five two-hour workshops on unblocking and creating safe space for writing. Sessions included discussions on revision, performance and generating new work. (Classes were co-taught with poet Tamara “Wonder” Allan)


African Voices Magazine, New York, NY             August 2002

Led three-hour intensive workshop for generating new writings and critiquing works that participants bring to circle.

Mills College, Oakland, CA             March-April 2000, 2002

Conducted weekly workshops with Oakland high school students. Workshops culminated in poetry reading to raise funds for the Upward Bound Program, which prepares low-income students to be the first in their families to attend college.


Ramapo College, Ramapo, NJ             April 2001

Invited as a speaker in conjunction with “Take Back our Lives” to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence against women. I designed Healing Through Poetry workshop exercises to help participants write through sorrow and anger, towards empowerment.




Faculty-in-Residence, December 2014

The Watering Hole, Santee, SC

Explored writing goals, conducted writing the senses and nature workshop, craft talk on social justice, writing and marginalization, publishing panel, and conducted one on one critiques with students.


Adjunct Lecturer, Fall 2010-Fall 2013 

English Department, York College, City University of New York, Queens, NY

ENG 125: Introduction to College Writing

ENG 200: Understanding Literature



Adjunct Lecturer, Spring 2011, Fall 2012

Queens Educational Opportunity Center (SUNY), Queens, NY

Social Studies and Science: Basic Education Pre GED Course

Language Arts and Reading: Basic Education Pre GED Course



English Tutor, Fall 2010

English Instructor, Summer 2009 & 2010

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


English Instruction for (HEOP) Higher Education Opportunity


Adjunct Lecturer, Fall 2006

Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

ENGL 112: College Composition I

ENGL 150: College Composition II



Volunteer Lecturer, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), Rundu College of Education, Namibia

Taught grammar, analytical reading, editing and creative writing to 200 students



Adjunct Lecturer, Spring 2004

Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

ENGL 112: College Composition I

ENGL 150: College Composition II



Literacy Teacher, Fall 2003-Spring 2004

Bedford-Stuyvesant Street Academy High School, Brooklyn, NY

Worked with after-school students to increase their literacy levels and their comfort expressing themselves using readings of various genres of literature and low-stakes writing exercises.



Teaching Assistant, Fall 2001

Mills College, Oakland, CA

Assisted Dr. Ruth Saxton in “Mothers and Daughters in Literature.” Graded assignments and papers, helped facilitate classroom discussion and group work, lectured on Dreaming in Cuban.





“Periodically speaking: Mothers in Publishing Changing the Literary Landscape.” (co-panelists Sarah

Gambito, Karen Phillips, Marjorie Tesser, Rebecca Wolff) Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, New York Public Library, New York. May 2016.


“Writing Programs and Diversity.” (co-panelists Meena Alexander, Berbice McFadden, Donna Hill)

Donna Hill, Meena Alexander, Bernice McFadden) National Black Writers Conference. Medgar Evers College, New York. April 2016.


“John Oliver Killens at 100.” Medgar Evers College, New York. March 2016.


“Silencing Black Writers.” 17th Annual Harlem Book Fair, Schomburg Center for Research in Black

Culture, New York. July 2015.


“Celebrating The Work of Ntozake Shange.” Hostos Community College, New York. March



“For My People: Tribute To Elizabeth Catlett.” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New

York. January 2013.


“Black Literature and Activism.” (Co-panelists: Sonia Sanchez, Jamal Joseph, Alison McDermott)

National Black Writers Conference. Medgar Evers College, New York. March 2012.

“You Are What You Eat: Healthy Food Advocacy in the African-American Community.” Delta

Sigma Theta Social Action Forum Series, Queens Central Library, New York. May 2011.

“Mother Nature.” Amplifying the Voices of Mothers: Mothers in the Arts, Literature, Media and Popular

Culture, New York. May 2010.


“The Madness Collage: African-American Mothers Versus History/Nia Shakes off Superwoman.”

Association for Research on Mothering’s Mothers Gone Mad Conference, New York. May 2009.


“Turning Ideas Into Youth Driven Action.” World Urban Forum, Vancouver, Canada. June 2006.


“How To Apply to Academic Conferences.” Mills College Professional Survival Seminar, California.

Feb 2001.

“Art For Our Sake,” Howard University Graduate English Student Association conference, Washington

  1. Oct 2000.


“It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop.” Fifth Annual National Black Writers Conference. March








“Dear Continuum.” The Watering Hole Retreat, Santee, SC. December 2014.

“Success Is, Success Ain’t: Redefining What It Means To Make It.” Texas Wesleyan University, Fort

Worth, Texas. March 2014.

“Opening Our Eyes.” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes. Tamworth, NH. July 2013.

“Finding Empowerment Through Writing.” Whitehall High School. Whitehall, NY. March 2013.

“Word/Life: What Poetry Has Taught Me About Living.” Unitarian Universalist Federation of

the Eastern Slopes, Tamworth, NH. July 2012.

“Writing the Fire Out: Healing through Writing.” World Fellowship Center, Albany, NH. July 2013.

“Writing The Fire Out.” Voices In The Monte Writers Series. Texas A&M International University,

Laredo, Texas. February 2013.

“Healing Through Poetry.” University of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 2004.

“Shedding Silence.” Ramapo College, Take Back our Lives Sexual Assault and Violence

Against Women Awareness Program, Ramapo, New Jersey. April 2001.


Featured Poetry Readings

July 31, 2016                            NYC Poetry Festival, NY, NY

July 13, 2016                             World Fellowship Center, Conway NH

April 7, 2016                              Q-Boro Literary Crawl, Queens, NY

March 31, 2016                           Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

March 29, 2016                           Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA

March 2, 2016                           Pen and Brush Present, NY, NY

February 2016                            Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, PA

November 2015                           WordsUp Bookstore, NY, NY

October 2015                              SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, NY

April 2015                                 Lehman College, Bronx, NY

April 2015                                Whitehall High School, Whitehall, NY

April 2015                                 Harry S Truman High School, Bronx, NY

April 2015                                 Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

March 2015                                Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

March 2015                                Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY

March 2015                                Albany State University, Albany, GA

February 2015                             Lehman College, Bronx, NY

February 2015                             Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA

February 2015                             Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

February 2015                             Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, MN

February 2015                             Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, MN

September 2014                          Furious Flower Poetry Conference, James Madison University, VA

April 2014                                 Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

April 2014                                 Howard University, Washington, DC

April 2014                                 College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY

April 2014                                 Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

March 2014                                Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

March 2014                                North Dakota State University, Fargo ND

March 2014                                Clayton State University Morrow, GA

February 2014                             Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas Ciy, MO

February 2014                             The Writer’s Place, Kansa City, MO



(You can download Ekere’s full CV here with an exhaustive list of all literary workshops, herbalism workshops, academic conferences and presentations, anthology publications, selected articles and poetry performances.)