Celestial Poet, CP, also known as "Mama CP" by her peers, is a resident of Greenville, S.C. CP speaks softly but her words are loud and heavy with deep meaning and personal triumphs. Inspired by Maya Angelou, CP writes about anything that bothers, or touches, her heart.
She began writing at the young age of nine, stopped at the age of 15, but picked her pen back up when a friend asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up...that's when CP remembered that she always wanted to be a poet.
CP has featured at venues throughout the south and has competed Southern Fried Poetry Slams since 2011. A very eloquent, but an exciting writer, performer, and performance coach CP has competed in several slams and currently holds the title of 2013 Queen of the South for winning the QOTS poetry slam. She has been the captain and coach of her teams since 2012. Her teams were able to capture 12th and 10th place and most recently, in 2017, CP assisted her team "Say What?!" to place 2nd, bringing home the Louisville slugger.
Celestial Poet continues to influence and coach poets through her developed “LMNOP Writing Workshops”. In the workshops, she pushes her students out of their comfort zones to teach them how to write from their hearts, deal with stress, perform with passion, and communicate effectively.
CP has grown to be a great leader in her community by teaching the youth the power of Spoken-Word Poetry. Celestial Poet works with a variety of students, ranging from age 6 to 86 an who come from a kaleidoscope of backgrounds. She has taught at the YMCA as a teen counselor, worked as the 3rd through 6th-grade counselor, taught within her church as the co-teacher of teenagers 13-18, and currently works as a substitute throughout Greenville County School district.
She works with Writer’s Well Youth Fellowship, founded and created by Crystal Tenille Irby, mentoring young teen girls of color on how to be their authentic selves through the art of poetry. With WWYF CP facilitates her LMNOP workshops to include self-awareness, spiritual awareness, and life experiences. She is half of the founding team of #FreeUpstatePoetry. She works alongside Jason "Max Lit" Franklin to bring a judgment-free artistic venue to the upstate.
Celestial Poets loves serving and teaching the power of writing, expression, wisdom, knowledge, and spoken word. Her greatest passion is enabling teens to freely express themselves while honing their writing craft.
CP's work illuminates positivity, love, being at peace, and establishing strong self-confidence.
Life has brought CP triumps and obstacles. What kept her grounded through it all, was her pen. It provided her the opportunity to explore her emotions, find beauty in the midst of storms and find her personal sound.
Giving your audience a piece of you when you perform can be very intimidating. When CP started performing she couldn't keep her hands from shaking or her mouth from drying out. She learned to conquer the fear and teach other how to do the same. This has formed strong bonds both on and off stages.
CP believes teaching the youth the power of self-development, poetry, self-expression, and writing is important. For this reason, she mentors and coaches them about life experiences, emotional and spiritual growth. She wants to insure they have the tools to succeed.
Not only does CP teach teens about writing and life, but Celestial Poet is on a constant journey towards her own personal development. Although she has a God-given ability to reach and teach the youth, she is currently a student in her 2nd year of college at GCU. She is attending to obtain a BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Trauma. Sh
Not only does CP teach teens about writing and life, but Celestial Poet is on a constant journey towards her own personal development. Although she has a God-given ability to reach and teach the youth, she is currently a student in her 2nd year of college at GCU. She is attending to obtain a BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Trauma. She is using the tools she is obtaining to further advance the LMNOP cirriculam.
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