Knoxville Poet Laureate

In June of 2020, I was named the Knoxville Poet Laureate.  It is my goal to spread poetry through written and spoken word all over the city and create spaces for conversations and growth by dealing with hard topics through the poetry that local and national poets are sharing.

5/19/2021

Introduction Knoxville

Rhea shares with the Introduction Knoxville class how Knoxville has helped her celebrate and find herself as a person and a poet.

5/6/2021

The Maker City Presents: The Power of Poetry

Rhea performs and shares with the arts community her vision for poetry in the city of Knoxville.  Performing with her Kelle Jolly, Black Atticus, and Travis Tench.

4/30/2021

Virtual Secret City Slam

Rhea hosts the Virtual Secret City Slam to find members of the 2021-2022 slam team that will compete in Southern Fried representing the Oak Ridge/Knoxville area.

https://youtu.be/wTAjhmaexrQ

4/1/2021

Poetry in Motion Launch

Rhea launches the 1st Poetry in Motion campaign for the city of Knoxville.  Poets will perform every Monday and Friday all over Knoxville on the KAT system.

3/21/2021

Meet Your Poet Laureate

Rhea hosts an online session where Knoxville can interact and learn more about the work of the Poet Laureate for the city.

https://youtu.be/rdif9vh7qoI

11/27/2020

Beyond the Spark - Ep.10

As the executive producer and one of the 3 coaches for this web series, Rhea appears in each episode.  This week she coahes poets in their final project.

11/26/2020

What I'm Thankful For...

Rhea appears on the front page of the Knoxville News Sentinel for Thanksgiving.  Here she shares reasons to be thankful in the midst of a pandemic.

11/20/2020

Beyond the Spark - Ep. 9

During Episode 9, Rhea works with Dasan Ahanu to start the Beyond the Spark challenge.

11/15/2020

Spokenword Sundays

On Sundays, Rhea presents new poetry to Facebook and Instagram Live.  This week she shared the poem TEACH as a way of supporting her fellow teachers.

11/13/2020

Beyond the Spark - Ep.8

Month #2 is over and the winner is revealed.  In this episode, we see how quickly things can get turned around when you meet early on a Saturday morning.

11/8/2020

Spokenword Sundays

On Sundays, Rhea presents new poetry to Facebook and Instagram Live.  This week she shared the poem Listen Closely.  A poem that encourages us to truly lend our ears to those that mean the most in our lives.