5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. performance
Sheri “Purpose” Hall is a spoken word poet, author, ordained minister, and activist. She will perform new works created since receiving the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award.
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Sheri Purpose Hall is a spoken word artist, author, radio personality, educator, and minister who uses her work to provide perspective and engage conversational empathy. She has published several books of poetry, epistles, and essays including "Black Girl Shattered" (2017); two poetry chapbooks “Mélange du Femme Noir” (2019) and “Chosen for Both” (2015); and a workbook/workshop "Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal" (2016), which won an award from Bike for the Brain, a non-profit organization that works to reduce mental health stigma.
She is the founder of Arsyn Spit Fire, East of Red ArtHouse, and PenFire Publishing; Interim CEO for Poetry for Personal Power; and provides consulting and assistance for many non-profit, community-based, and arts organizations. Hall is a 2019 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awardee and Studios Resident Artist in her 2nd year, a 2019 Art in the Loop grant recipient, a 2019 and 2017 Arts KC Inspiration Grant recipient, and the 2017 ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast featured artist. She won the Poet and Activist award at the Music and More Foundation Poetry Awards two years in a row, and was nominated for best spoken word artist in the KC People's Choice awards, Pitch Best KC, and the National Spoken Word awards. She has also earned the opportunity to represent Kansas City as an individual competitor at the national Women of the World Poetry slam two years in a row (2017/18) and competed at the National Poetry Slam four years in a row.