She sat at the table with her legal-sized, yellow notepad as she jotted notes and thoughts and ideas for her next poem. Those words on a page turn into a beautiful expression from the heart of one of Houston's premiere poets and spoken word artist, Tina B.
A native Houstonian and graduate of Texas A&M University, Tina B. most certainly has a way with words. Her ability to pull at the soul strings (yep- we have moved far beyond heart strings) of her listeners is a true testament of why educators should continue to make poetry an important part of their curriculum. When asked how she thought teachers could use poetry as a tool to inspire students to write more, Tina B. says:
"Have fun! Highlight on the creative attributes of poetry and that there is no "wrong" in it. A student has the full ability to create fantasies, and to dream, and to play with words and it is all acceptable. Another option is to expose students to youth poets who are excelling all over America. Youth poetry is the latest phenomenon making big waves in public headlights and mainstream platforms. Challenge a student to imagine themselves being not a person who has written a poem, but a person who can be identified as "a poet". I remember when the distinction was made in my life, and it was a moment I will never forget; it changed the way I saw myself and my gift."
Tina B. believes poetry is a powerful tool she can use to express herself because, as a Christian, she has been given this gift for two reasons: for the glorification of God and for the common good and edification of the Body.
"This is bigger than me. It's not about me. I'm just a vessel."
To learn more about Tina B. and her booking availability, visit http://www.tinabpoetry.com_/.