Poet, Orator, Teaching Artist
WHO IS C. ALEXANDRIA-BERNARD THOMAS?
A Black Non-Binary, award-winning poet, teaching artist, an advocate for Child Abuse Prevention, the LGBTQIA community, and Mental Health Awareness.
Named a pioneer of poetry by the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Award (NUSPA) in 2015, C. has the dynamic skill set of a performer AND host. They have mesmerized audiences at Angelina College, Howard University, Prince George’s Community College, Thomas Jefferson University, Busboys and Poets (as a featured poet and host), Studio 2001 Art Gallery, The Athenaeum, and the Torpedo Art Factory, just to name a few.
They have partnered with the Northern Virginia Association of Fine Arts (NVAFA), Carlyle House Historic Park producing annual events highlighting African American excellence and leads their popular discussion-based writer’s workshop, Writing to Wellness™, that uses poetry as a tool for healing when navigating childhood trauma with Creative Suitland Arts Center and Heard.
Their work as a community organizer has afforded them opportunities to educate adults on how to respond and react to Child Sexual Abuse through Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children® and becoming a board member for Touch Me I’m Tellin (TMIT). In addition, they have received honorable mentions from World Childhood Foundation USA, Buddy Speaks, End the Harvest Ministries, publications by The Zebra, and more.
C. is a true force of nature and a necessary voice for uplifting the community and inspiring hope. Witnessing them perform, teaching in the classroom, or speaking is experiencing love in action.
Non-binary, ladies, and gentlemen, C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas!
C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas is an infinitely creative and energetic mover and shaker who seamlessly organizes poetry and spoken word events from concept to implementation. Their programs are welcoming, timely, inclusive, thought provoking, and highly participatory. C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas is an artist to the core who deeply understands that art is where we practice critical thinking, engage in open dialogue, and reflect upon our society.
-Veronica Szalus, Athenaeum Executive Director
C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas 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. C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas is fearless, unapologetic and brings the best out of everyone.
-Malachi, Creative Suitland Arts Center Director
No apologies. No Regrets
Afraid of the Dark
WRITING PROMPT 1:
Let’s write about it! How much have you grown this past year as a person? Write a pantoum about your growth from the perspective of the body.
What is a pantoum?
The pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.
WRITING PROMPT 2:
Let’s write about it! Some of us have been on dating apps and have read a few profiles that describe in detail their physical traits vs. their personality, hobbies, interests, etc.Let’s create a dating profile. Write a list poem describing yourself without listing any of your physical traits.
What is a list poem?
An inventory of people, places, things, or ideas organized in a special way.
WRITING PROMPT 3:
Let’s write about it! Whether from your family, friends, girl/boy friends, husbands or wives, we’ve all experienced heartbreak. Write a poem about that heartbreak from the perspective of walking through a haunted house incorporating these eight words:
WRITING PROMPT 4:
Let’s write about it! God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
Write a poem from the perspective of you being the answer to your prayer when moving forward from a painful place.
WRITING PROMPT 5:
Let’s write about it! I am a Janet Jackson fan! My favorite album is ‘Velvet Rope’ and one of my favorite songs is ‘What About’ where she confesses being a victim of Intimate Partner Violence and how she was violated.
Write a letter to the person who violated you the most. Tell them how you really feel. Let them know what they have done. Tell them the lines they have crossed and how you lost trust in them.
WRITING PROMPT 6:
Let’s write about. Regret a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. Write an abecedarian (pronounce ABC Darian) poem acknowledging your regrets so you can dissolve them.What is an abecedarian poem?
A poem in which the first letter of each line or stanza follows sequentially through the alphabet.
My name is C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas, Sole Proprietor of C. Thomas Works. Our aim is to deliver high quality performances, showcases, workshops and panel discussions highlighting issues surrounding Child Abuse, Mental Health, African Americans and the LGBTQIA community through creative arts.
We pour from ourselves freely producing annual events highlighting these issues because we believe in the power of art, its beauty, and the positive outcome it can have within our community. This is an important part of our operations, but we need your support!
We are asking you to subscribe to our Patreon and become a monthly patron with just as little as $5 – that’s a cup of coffee and a donut from 7-11! Your gift supports community events and outreach programming ensuring a boost in creativity, meaningful conversations inspired by art, and raising awareness for our community.
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C. Thomas Works seeks to enhance creativity, self-esteem, and confidence by using spoken word, panel discussions and forum-based writer’s workshops to communicate and connect with the community.
Thank you for your continued support.
-C. ALEXANDRIA-BERNARD THOMAS
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