Sharea Harris hasalways been attracted to the electric moments of connection between people and language; her pleasure is in fostering that connection. For the past eight years Sharea has spent time as a workshop facilitator and guest teacher in classrooms ranging from kindergarten to college. Additionally, she has performed live on college radio shows, cultural programs and poetry venues across the southern states.
Pursing her M.F.A at University of Baltimore has given Sharea the opportunity to create new moments between language and people within the UB community. Serving as a College Reading & Learning Association certified writing consultant and composition instructor, she assists students as they navigate the writing process and academic discourse community. As a graduate teaching assistant she opens students to the works of modern poets; as an M.F.A candidate she shares her work and thought through panels, public readings and publications. Outside the UB community, Sharea serves as an editor and writing consultant for several clients across the country. As of August 2014 Sharea completed her first residency with the nonprofit, Women Unified in Consciousness.
Sharea's work appears in several literary magazines, online journals and in the following publications housed in the University of Baltimore: Welter , Writers Bloc and Plorkology. Look for these works, booking information and updates online at www.shareaharris.com.
Lisa Van Wormer has had memoir pieces published as featured articles in
and has read these pieces as a part of the
, a weekly news radio magazine on the local Baltimore National Public Radio station, WYPR. She has had a collaborative poem published in
Welter, University of Baltimore’s Literary Journal (2014), two other memoir stories featured in Spotlight UB’s Emerging Voices Project as a part of the Spring Story Slam and Soldier Stories, and another more personal essay in the Langsdale Library Basement Reading Series as a part of National Library Week.
Lisa lives in Pasadena, Maryland and writes mostly about her time as a soldier in the U.S. Army, including her deployment experiences in Iraq. She enjoys spending time with her five-year old daughter, Ivy, and husband, Hayden, who is also an Army combat veteran.
Ron Kipling Williams is a poet, writer, actor, spoken word artist and human rights activist. He won a Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award for his artist/activist work. Ron has performed and lectured in numerous venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and has been featured on several radio and television programs. Ron won the Maryland Arts Council Individual Artist Award for his one-man show, “If the World Were Like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” He has served as facilitator and mentor in public schools, after school programs and youth organizations. Ron received a United Workers Human Rights Champion award for his work as a media ally and organizer. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Society. Ron also serves as a volunteer voice over recording artist for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. On May 22, 2014, as part of Spotlight UB’s Emerging Voices Project, Ron unveiled his new one-man show called “Dreadlocks, Rock & Roll and Human Rights,” which will be featured for a four-night engagement at the Charm City Fringe Festival in November 2014.