Gina Loring is a poet, vocalist, workshop facilitator and professor. As guest artist of the American Embassy, she has performed in Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, England, and Tunisia. Of African American, Eastern European Jewish and Muskogee Creek Native American descent, she is currently procuring a poetry workshop series focused on the teenage demographic of post-colonially marginalized indigenous communities throughout the world. She was featured on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry, BET's Lyric Cafe and TVOne’s Verses and Flow, and was one of the winners of Queen Latifah's CoverGirl Persona Contest for female lyricists. With a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.F.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles, Gina is a professor in the Los Angeles community college school district and a volunteer creative writing teacher with Inside Out Writers, working with incarcerated teens. Her work is featured on two De La Soul albums and The Brand New Heavies album, “We Won't Stop,” and she was a writer/ performer on Norman Lear’s nationwide "Declare Yourself" poetry tour. For more info, visit her at: www.ginaloring.com
Truth & Poetry
In this workshop, we will explore how to use poetry and creative writing to empower, heal, and express our truths. All will be encouraged to share thoughts, ideas and opinions in a supportive space where all perspectives are respected and honored. We will give voice to our journeys through various writing exercises, and then put together a final showcase to share all the amazing poetry.