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Teaching Artists

The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa Teaching Artists are accomplished authors committed to sharing their love and knowledge of the craft of writing through educational programs in schools and other community settings.

"A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through or about the arts."

- Eric Booth, author, teaching artist and actor

Our Teaching Artists are:
 

Jacob Floyd

Jacob Floyd

Jacob is a filmmaker, film scholar, and citizen of the Creek Nation. His short film, “Tonto Plays Himself,” created as part of his master’s degree program at NYU, has screened at the Native American Film and Video Festival, Native Crossroads Film Festival and the Margaret Mead Film Festival. He completed his Ph.D. in screen studies at OSU in 2018. Jacob serves as a teaching artist for the Center for Poets and Writers, providing filmmaking workshops to high school students in Indian Education programs.

 


Clemonce HeardClemonce Heard

Clem earned his MFA in poetry from OSU in 2018 and is now a resident writer with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. He serves as a teaching artist for the Center for Poets and Writers, providing poetry workshops to elementary school students. He has been honored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. He has published poems in Obsidian, Naugatuck Review, Four Way Review and Opossum, and has work forthcoming in World Literature Today.

 


Quraysh Lansana

Quraysh Lansana

Quraysh earned his MFA from NYU. He is the author of the poetry collections The Walmart Republic (2014); mystic turf (2012), They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (2004), and Southside Rain (2000); his chapbooks include reluctant minivan (2014), bloodsoil (sooner red) (2009), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (2006), and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (1995). He has also written three children’s books, including A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016) and The Big World (1999). Quraysh is also the editor of eight anthologies and is the last student of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks.

 


RJ Young

RJ Young

RJ is a rapper, filmmaker, sports writer and author of his bestselling memoir Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey into Guns, Blood Country and numerous other works. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tulsa, a master’s at the University of Oklahoma and is working on his doctorate at Oklahoma State University.