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Culture Corner: Poetry w/ Southern Word
May 6 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
As a poet and speaker, Tia Smedley is known for unforgettable performances that boast of her roots in the theatre. She has opened for the likes of Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets and Grammy nominated artists such as: Dwele, Raheem DeVaughn and Mint Condition. Coupled with her husband as GRAVATY, they were named Southern Entertainer of the Year in 2007. She has taught the fundamentals of poetry and spoken word as an artist in residence in various schools in Tennessee since 2009. She has traveled to speak at various women’s conferences across the country, using her poetry to share her tales of trouble to triumph. Her leading performance as “Hester” in In The Blood at the inaugural performance for Tennessee State University’s performing arts theatre contributed to breaking all previous attendance records for the university’s theatre productions. She has worked teaching in classrooms with Southern Word since 2009. She has a Masters in Organizational Leadership form Lipscomb University.
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