WHO IS CHRISTOPHER THOMAS?
A dynamic force of creativity, activism, and inspiration! As a Queer Black Non-Binary individual, they have harnessed the power of words and art to champion important causes such as Child Abuse Prevention, LGBTQIA rights, and Mental Health Awareness. Their journey has led them to become an award-winning poet, a dedicated teaching artist, and a prominent advocate for positive change.
Recognized as a pioneer of poetry by the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Award (NUSPA) in 2015, C. possesses the remarkable ability to both captivate audiences as a performer and lead as a host. Their magnetic presence has left an indelible mark on diverse platforms, from esteemed institutions like Angelina College, Georgetown University, Jefferson University, and Howard University to cultural spaces like Busboys and Poets, Studio 2001 Art Gallery, The Athenaeum, and the Torpedo Art Factory.
Partnering with the Northern Virginia Association of Fine Arts (NVAFA) and Carlyle House Historic Park, C. has curated annual events celebrating African American excellence. They also lead the acclaimed discussion-based writer’s workshop, Writing to Wellness™, which empowers individuals to utilize poetry as a tool for healing while navigating trauma. Collaborations with organizations such as Creative Suitland Arts Center and Heard underscore their commitment to fostering growth through artistic expression.
C.'s impact extends beyond artistry into community organizing. Their advocacy work involves educating adults on how to respond to Child Sexual Abuse through programs like Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children®. Notably, they served as a board member to Touch Me I’m Tellin (TMIT) and hold honorable mentions from esteemed organizations including World Childhood Foundation USA, Buddy Speaks, and End
the Harvest Ministries. The pages of publications like The Zebra and the historic distinction of being the first poet featured in Swerv Magazine attest to the breadth of their influence.
With every performance, classroom engagement, or speech, Christopher Thomas embodies love in action. Their presence is a beacon of hope and empowerment, a necessary voice amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. Through poetry, advocacy, and a commitment to positive change, C. continues to shape a more inclusive, compassionate world.
Non-Binary, Ladies, and Gentlemen, behold the visionary: Mx. Christopher Thomas.
"Chris’ work in the world as an artist, facilitator, speaker, and organizer are necessary acts of love and resistance. Their fearless and unwavering poems and performances offer salve for the pain of dehumanizing discrimination and harm. Their poems – like their artistic endeavors -- are a celebration of reclaimed power."
- Camisha Jones, Split This Rock Managing Director
“C is a multi-talented teacher, performer, poet, and friend. When they perform, their words fill the room, echoing long after they've left the stage. When teaching, they light a fire in the bellies of their students, allowing space for student's talent and ideas. They are savage, unapologetic, and
-Kristen Zory King, Writer and Founder of MoonLit
“Chris is a phenomenal teaching artist, poet and host. We have been honored to co-present their virtual writing workshop, Writing to Wellness™, with them at Creative Suitland Arts Center. This program was sponsored by Eventbrite during their "DO WELL" Wellness Week in September 2020. The sponsorship is a testament to their transformational leadership and their ability to create a safe space for creatives. They are fearless, unapologetic and brings the best out of everyone.”
-Malachi, Creative Suitland Arts Center Director
Writing to Wellness™
𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬™ is designed to guide trauma survivors in using poetry as a means of healing and growth. Through thoughtful discussions, interactive exercises, and writing activities, participants gain insights into harnessing creative writing for navigating and processing their traumatic experiences.
The workshop equips attendees not only with tools for self-care and personal empowerment but also with the skills to advocate for others who have gone through similar experiences.
Stewards of Children®
Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children® is an adult-focused prevention training program that centers on improving the awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse (CSA).
The training aims to educate adults (primarily childcare professionals) to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to (CSA).
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