A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright and activist in that order. He is a 2-time national poetry slam champion and founding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), New Orleans’ three-time national poetry slam championship team. His accomplishments with Team SNO have earned him honors from the Mayor of New Orleans as well as City Council. His poetry has been featured by Nike, Congo TV, Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Spotify, Mic, Ford Foundation, Redbull and other platforms. His poetry led him to the classroom where he is serving in his ninth year as an educator. His work as an educator has been highlighted on NPR in the Voices of Educators series as well as taken him to Oxford University to speak on school reform.
As an experienced actor and theater maker he has written for and acted in several plays including productions with Junebug Productions (Voices from the Back of the Class, Lockdown, Gomela), ArtSpot Productions (Rumors of War), Urban Bush Women (Summer Leadership Institute 2009), and other esteemed outfits. In 2014 he was awarded a residency at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center as a part of the inaugural class of the DISTILLERY, where he work shopped his first stage play, “Crossroads.” He debuted his one-man show, “Sleeper Cell,” based on his second book, in the Fall 2017 In Fringe festival.
In recent years, his art has more deeply aligned with his principles by way of organizing. As his work as an artist and educator has always explored issues of social justice, his organizing work has offered the perfect opportunity for his arts and pedagogy to take action. In 2015, he co-founded Take Em Down NOLA, a coalition dedicated to the removal of white supremacist monuments in New Orleans. For his contributions to the Take Em Down NOLA work, he was awarded the 2017 Urban League Courage Award.
He has featured in the NY Times, Trinidad & Tobago’s Kwame Toure Lecture Series, and several other platforms promoting Take Em Down NOLA’s work. He has produced a self-titled CD, “A Scribe Called Quess?” and his debut book of poetry, Blind Visionz, can be found online at www.lulu.com. In May of 2016, he published his second collection of poetry, Sleeper Cell, through Next Left Press. The book can be found here.