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PROFESSIONAL BIO

 

Tamara J. Madison is an internationally traveled writer, poet, performer, instructor, and consultant.  Her literary work has been published in a number of anthologies including:  Temba Tupu!, an international anthology of Africana Women, and Check The Rhyme: An anthology of female poets and emcees.  Her poetry, fiction, and critical work have been published in various literary journals and magazines, most recently Poetry International, Web Del Sol Review of Books,  Tidal Basin Magazine. Tea Party Magazine, and Black Magnolias. Her poetic sequence, “Kentucky Curdled,” was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize by aaduna. Her manuscript, Breast Poems, was recently short-listed for the 2015 Willow Books Literature Award for poetry.

 

Winner of the first literary recording contest sponsored by Manzanita Quarterly and Authentic Voicework Records, Tamara's work is recorded in Naked Voice. She was also featured as bilingual poet and songstress on the self-titled CD, JUBA Collective under the direction of Kahil El'Zabar with various artists including Ari Brown, Robert Irving, Fareed Haque, and The Primeridian. She has written and performed solo and ensemble works for stage and television as well.

 

Tamara  has worked as an instructor of college writing at Stetson University and Valencia College in Florida, as well as at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Hudson County Community College in New Jersey.  She has worked as a teaching artist facilitating workshops and residencies for youths and adults with a variety of community and arts agencies including:  The Leadership Program (New York City), AileyCamp (New York, Atlanta & Staten Island), Boys and Girls Clubs, Fulton County Arts Council, Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools, Powerful Schools, Washington State Arts Council, and Washington State Department of Corrections. 

 

The artist holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from New England College specializing in poetry and contemporary critical voice in poetry.  She is currently completing a new volume of poetry to be released in print, digital, and audio formats.

 

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