Cheeraz Gormon is a visual storyteller, poet, author, award-winning advertising copywriter, two-time TEDxGatewayArch speaker, 2018-2019 Storytelling Fellow at InPower Institute- a division of Emerging Wisdom, 2018 St. Louis Visionary Awards Outstanding Working Artist Honoree, and every bit a native daughter of St. Louis, Missouri. As a poet, Gormon has opened for scholars Cornell West, Dr. Dennis Kimbrow, MacArthur Genius educator and curator Dr. Deborah Willis, Hip-Hop impresario Russell Simmons, and has performed on stages nationally and internationally. Her poetry has been featured on “Ebony Magazine” online, “Huffington Post,” “St. Louis Public Radio,” and on-air in London, England and Portland, Oregon. She is a member of St. Louis-based Screwed Arts Collective, founding committee member of the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival, founder and co-executive director of Sonic Arts United, a S.T.E.A.M. based nonprofit, and is founder and executive director of Sibling Support Network, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting people who have lost siblings to violence. Her debut collection, “In the Midst of Loving,” was published in 2015.
News and Reviews:
Women who imagine a new world through the arts (St. Louis American)
Interview with Cheeraz Gormon (TEDxGatewayArch)
Love in the face of suffering: North St. Louis native Cheeraz Gormon pairs activism and poetry (St. Louis Public Radio)