C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas Spoken Word, Orator, Teaching Artist

Name

C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone Number: 301-266-0563
Email Address: cthomas@iamcthomas.net
Website: www.iamcthomas.net

Biography

C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas is an award-winning poet and teaching artist. Named a pioneer of poetry by the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Award (NUSPA) in 2015, C. has the dynamic skill set of a performer AND host. He has mesmerized audiences at Angelina College, Howard University, Prince George’s Community College, Thomas Jefferson University, Busboys and Poets (as a featured poet and host), Studio 2001 Art Gallery, The Athenaeum, and the Torpedo Art Factory, just to name a few. He has partnered with the Northern Virginia Association of Fine Arts (NVAFA), Carlyle House Historic Park, SMYAL, Whitman-Walker Health, The Wanda Alston Foundation, and Creative Suitland Arts Center where he now serves as the Poetry and Program Coordinator. These partnerships include annual shows with the NVAFA for African-American struggles and excellence, and Writing to Wellness with both SMYAL and Creative Suitland Arts Center, his popular creative discussion based writer’s workshop that uses poetry as a tool for healing when navigating trauma. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications and his work as a community organizer has been highlighted by awards and honorable mentions from World Childhood Foundation USA, End the Harvest Ministries, publications by The Zebra, and more. C. is a true force of nature, the DMV’s fairy godmother, and a necessary voice for uplifting the community and inspiring hope. To hear him perform is to see love in action. Non-binary, ladies, and gentlemen, C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas!

Educational Background/Training

C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas became a teaching artist in 2015. He has facilitated several writer’s workshops for several schools and organizations: Carlos Rosario Charter School, Thomas Elementary, Thomson Elementary, CW Harris Elementary, Fairfax High School, Bladensburg High School, DC Scores, Split This Rock, Prince Georges County Public Library, Heard, Northern Virginia Association of Fine Arts (NVAFA), Carlyle House Historic Park, MoonLit, End The Harvest Ministries, Creative Suitland Arts Center, Amy Jacques Garvey Institute, The Wanda Alston Foundation, Whitman-Walker Health, Torpedo Art Factory and many other community organizations.

Fees

  • $700-$1400 (does not include travel or lodging)

Audience

Elementary School-Adult

Availability

Throughout the year during early mornings and afternoons

Educational Programs

Writing to Wellness:
Writing to Wellness is a discussion-based workshop designed for writers to use poetry as a tool for healing when navigating trauma. Participants will learn helpful tips via discussion on how to navigate trauma through expressive forms of creative writing, how to advocate for others and how to build a safe space for self-care. This workshop is for high school and adults.

Empowerment Through Spoken Word:
Empowerment Through Spoken Word explores the past and present work from notable spoken word artists who used their poetry as a call to action for change and awakening in their community and reveals other artists who have been inspired by them. Students will discuss artists that inspire them and will share why that artist’s work is important today and how their work is a call to action for change. Writing prompt will follow.