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SHAKTI

Harlem-born Poet, Producer, Author, Editor, & Educator

I am energized by conversation, I thrive off collaboration, and I seek to empower others in the ebb and flow of giving and receiving— this is what stokes my creative fire. 

As a writer, I engage mind, body, and spirit by working with words that leap off the page, insight profound feeling, and invoke a sense of presence. The result is sensational, self-aware, and dualistic wordplay that bridges the philosophical gap between Eastern and Western Traditions and falls somewhere between poetry and prose. 

As an editor, I have the inspired ability to bring others' voices into their true potential. Praised for my critical feedback and keen eye, I provide a unique perspective, which cuts to the core of any project while paying utmost respect for the author's vision and voice. From the first draft to the final review, I conduct a comprehensive study of the work, leaving no stone unturned in the quest to elevate the writing to its highest potential.

As a teacher, I am a firm believer in Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and a courageous advocate for mindfulness practices in and out of the classroom. I acknowledge the whole child and respect the diversity of learning styles found in my students by catering to the needs of the individual and playing to his, her, or their strengths. I believe creativity is our greatest resource and the Arts are catalysts of healing and change.

On August 20th 2020, I successfully completed a fundraising campaign to self-publish my first book The Love Letter, a visual poem illustrated by Rasa Vaišvilaitė now available. I am also working on my first poetry collection to be published in 2023, two novels, a series of children's books, and a tarot collection.

In addition to a lifetime of creative writing, I have 7 years of editing and office/administrative experience, 10 years of hospitality and customer service, 12 years of educational experience as an English tutor and SAT Teacher, and 20+ years of artistic experience working on several film, theatrical, and commercial productions as a Stage Manager, Actor, Stylist, Producer, Production Assistant, and Creative Consultant. 

For more information check out my LinkedIn or Upwork pages

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