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Spoken Word Artist
Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is a writer and an arts communications professional with significant work in theater arts, music, and youth development. She has performed on stages across the country as a spoken word artist, actress and singer. She has also written works for the stage, including her play Running: AMOK which appeared in the 5th Annual Capital Fringe Fest in 2010. Production of her first play Shades of Black: a thought in progress in 2008 sparked her interest in using theater as a tool to reach and educate audiences on how to advocate and create change in their communities. Because of her work, she has been invited as a presenter to numerous national conferences including the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference , the Mosaic Literary Conference, and BlogHer Conference, to name of few. She is or has been a member of PTO, the Washington Area Music Association, ASCAP, and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has been a member of the leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa for over fifteen years. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Towson University with a minor in Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies & Mass Media from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Visit her website at http://www.KhadijahOnline.com for more information.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Sandra Beasley is the author of two poetry collections: I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, selected by Marie Howe as the winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Her poems appeared in such journals as Poetry, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Best American Poetry 2010. She is also an essayist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, The Oxford American, and The New York Times Book Review. In 2010, Crown published her memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a cultural history of food allergy. She lives in Washington, DC, and teaches with the low-res MFA program at the University of Tampa.