Chris James, a man who is truly on a journey to impact and changes lives in his community and the world. Chris James is a national award winning spoken word poet, TED Talks speaker, playwright, educator, photographer and self published author. Chris is the creator of stage plays, Dear Black People and The Odds Against US. In 2016 he was featured on the front cover of Arkansas Times Newspaper for being one of Arkansas' top visionaries. Chris is a member of Foreign Tongues poetry slam team whom ranked 2nd place in the worlds second largest poetry competition in 2014. He is the founder of Arkansas' only poetry venue and second black owned gallery, The House of Art. As a teacher artist, Chris develops and facilitates art integrated poetry writing and performance workshops for K-12 across the country. Through his work, he educates on racial barriers and socio-economic challenges and how we can overcome. He is also very passionate about the awareness of mental health.
Dear black people ( available for booking year round)
The Odds against u.s (available for booking -seasonal)
Colleges, Coffee House, art gallery, church, conferences
(uP TO 40% OF FEE CAN BE REIMBURSED BY ARTS COUNCIL)
- art integrated workshops
using creative writing, poetry and theatre to enhance the educational experience for students of all ages.
(Mini grants available through arkansas arts council)
- Speaking (Motivation)
Quotes from Chris James: "I promote that success is not a destination but rather a process, a journey."
"In order to overcome the odds against you, you must become aware of them."
"Try is a fixation of failure, Do it"
"There is not A shortage of opportunity. Just a shortage of people executing."
The Chris James Journey
Poet| Teaching artist | Playwright |author |speaker | photographer