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Theresa Davis

Educator, Author, Poet, Pirate

Independent Contractor
Teaching Artist
ArtsXchange Literary Program Director
Writing Workshop Facilitator 
Java Speaks Open Mic Host

Author of Drowned: A Mermaids' Manifesto and After This We Go Dark

About Theresa

Born into a family of writers and entertainers, Theresa Davis was drawn to the arts. She has expressed her artistic abilities in several mediums. She designed and created Ebony Angels (a line of hand-crafted dolls) , Mental Notes (hand-crafted books) and started a clothing line for children. A classroom teacher for over 20 years, she currently teaches poetry to youth and adults in the Atlanta Area. In 2002, Theresa joined forces with her mother and brother to form the spoken word performance group MoDaSo (Mother/ Daughter/ Son) and released two music CD's This is for Family and The Uncivil War. She has self published several (7) collections of poetry including Rock Star Poet,Head Games and Simon Says.  


In March of 2011, Theresa set out to compete in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Columbus Ohio. After three days of competition, she won, becoming the Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion.


In recognition of her years of activism on behalf of Atlanta’s youth, she was honored by the City of Atlanta with a proclamation, declaring May 22, “Theresa Davis Day in Atlanta”.  In July 2012, in partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Theresa released her chapbook “Simon Says”--poems about teaching with anti-bullying themes.  


The same year, Theresa was named the 2012  McEver Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech University.  According to the GA Tech website: “In addition to teaching Tech students, each visiting chair will reach into the community with a program of poetry events and workshops designed to recognize poetry for its possibilities in all our lives and to recognize those involved in the craft of writing poetry--whether accomplished, rising, or beginning--for the artists they are.”


In May 2013, her first full collection of poems entitled “After This We Go Dark” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. “After This We Go Dark” became an American Library Association Honoree, and the book can now be checked out in local and college libraries around the world. Theresa spent most of 2014 on tour With Shyla Hardwick on “The Huemyn Tour”.  She was featured as the opening performance poet for the band Rising Appalachia for their 2014 national tour.


Her second collection of poetry "Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto" released in September 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press has been awarded the honor of being on the 2017 list of All Books Georgians Should Read.


Her children Imani , Tia  and Zion  are her constant sources of energy and inspiration.



  • The Story Moth - August 2017 (Caution)

  • Creative Loafing Best of Poetry/ Spoken Word Atlanta 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Books All Georgian's Should Read 2017

  • The Story Moth - March 2016

  • TEDx Peachtree 2015

  • Creative Loafing Best of Spoken Word 2015

  • TEDx Poetry Salon Slam Champion 2015

  • LEAF Slam Champion Spring and Fall 2014

  • Bayou City Slam Champion Houston Texas 2013

  • Emerging Artist Grant  2012

  • Ga. Voice "Best of Atlanta Poetry" 2011

  • Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion 2011

  • Atlanta Art Amok Slam Team Grand Champion 2011

  • Art Amok Slam Winner 2006, 2007 (Captain), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • SOVO "Best of Gay Atlanta Poetry/Spoken Word 2009 

  • Java Monkey Speaks Slam winner 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

  • LEAF Slam Finalist 07, 08, 09

  • Voted Best of Atlanta Spoken Word by Creative Loafing 2008 and 2009

  • National Poetry Slam, Austin Texas (Semi-Finalist Team) August 2007

  • Camp Coca Cola 07

  • Slamming in the Suburbs  third place 2/2007

  • Southern Slam Queen Finalist 3/07

  • Rustbelt Slam, Columbus Ohio 7/07

  • Pride Atlanta 2007,2008,

  • Queer Slam Atlanta Pride/ winner

  • Atlanta Black Pride 2008,2009, 2010, 2012, 2015

  • Black Pride Charlotte 09

  • Best of Gay Atlanta Spoken Word/ Southern Voice 2009

  • Best of Gay Atlanta Spoken Word / Ga. Voice 2011


Performances (Partial List)

The Moth Atlanta

Georgia Center for the Book

BCG (Keynote address)

Decatur Book Festival

Write Club Atlanta

Tease Tuesday

Java Monkey Speaks 2002- present

Fox Theater w Rising Appalachia, Atlanta GA

The Orange Peel w Rising Appalacia, Asheville NC

Colorado State University

Nebraska School System

University of Utah

Cliterati / Charis Books and More

House of IntegriTEA

Seven Stages Theater

United States Social Forum

Portfolio Center

Lady Fest South

Eddie's Attic

Apache Cafe

Antioch University

Agnes Scott College

Emory University
Spelman College
Morehouse College

The Vagina Monologues w/ Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda and Pearl Cleage

Men Stopping Violence 07,08,09



Decatur Book Festival

School of the Americas Watch 07, 08, 09

Wish You Were Here w/ Jon Goode  2010


Publications ( Partial List)


Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto
After This We Go Dark

This Assignment is so Gay


Red Reads First

The Truth About Jaguars (chapbook)
That's What She Said CD recording

Rock Star Poet DVD

Theresa Davis is a Poemosexual Live @Eddie's Attic

Java Monkey Speaks Anthology 2005, 2008, 2009, 

Crux a Conversation from South Africa to South USA

Rock Star Poet (Chapbook) 2007

Touched live CD recording 2006

Cover of Labrys Magazine

Head Games (Chapbook) 2005

MoDaSo This is for Family and The Uncivil War 2004

Torn (Chapbook)2004

Inner Lives Anthology Volume #1 October 2011



Conference Presentations ( Partial List)

Decatur Book Festival 2011- 2018

Arkansas Women Writer's Conference 2016

Nebraska Writer's Conference 2015

Kentucky Women's Conference 2014

The United States Social Forum 2007

The United States Children’s Forum 2007

National Poetry Slam Austin Texas 2006, 2007

Dallas Invitational Poetry Slam 2006, 2007

Georgia Progressive Summit ‘The Art of Politics” 2006, 2007

AWP Conference 07 

Peace Education Day  The Friends School 07, 08

Camp Coca Cola 07

Art as Politic

Georgia Progressive Summit

Saints and Sinners Literary Conference 08, 09

Split This Rock Literary Festival

AWP Conference 08

Curriculum Pedagogy Conference 08,09



"Queer Moxie" 2016

"3 Minute Activist" 2014

Documentary "The Shadow Behind the Rainbow" Spelman College 2011

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