• Biography

     

    C. Thomas proves to be no stranger to the world of arts. Beginning his career as a serial open mic attendee in 2004, he has been afforded opportunities to showcase his raw talent to the masses.

     

    Named a Pioneer of Poetry by NUSPA (National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards) in 2015, C. Thomas has stunned audiences at Studio 2001 Art Gallery, Busboys and Poets, Angelina College, Howard University, Prince George's Community College, Thomas Jefferson University, Old Dominion University, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Glen Forest Elementary School, Carlos Rosario International Charter School, and Journey of Faith United Methodist Church.

     

    His work has appeared in Swerv Magazine, Reflections: Prince Georges Community College Fine Arts Magazine, Stoked Words: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from The Capturing Fire Slam and Summit, and Imagoes: A Queer Anthology along with several of his own publications: Moodz’ Ring, Voices Carry, Coloring Outside The Lines, and Bernard’s Bedroom.

     

    C. Thomas continues to raise his voice through his art, teachings and advocacy work for the benefit of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness, Black Lives Matter, Mental Health, SGL (Same Gender Loving) and the LGBTQ+ community which he is proud to be a part of.

     

    Poet, host, author, orator, teaching artist, Darkness to Light’s Authorized Stewards of Children® Facilitator, and 2019 Finalist for Poet Laureate of Alexandria, he remains an unapologetic voice for social change while challenging mindsets and commanding stages.

     

    Ladies and gentlemen, C. Thomas.

     

    Shouts and Praise

     

    “C. Thomas is a multi-talented teacher, performer, poet, and friend. When he performs, his words fill the room, echoing long after he's left the stage. When he teaches, he lights a fire in the bellies of his students, allowing space for students' talent and ideas. He is savage, unapologetic, and vulnerable.”

     

    -Kristen Zory King, Writer and Founder of MoonLit

     

    "C. Thomas’ work in the world as an artist, facilitator, speaker, and organizer are necessary acts of love and resistance. His fearless and unwavering poems and performances offer salve for the pain of dehumanizing discrimination and harm. His poems – like all his artistic endeavors -- are a celebration of reclaimed power."

     

    -Camisha Jones, Split This Rock Managing Director

     

    “From the Page to the Stage, Poet C. Thomas leaves no stone un-turned. His heartfelt poetry is a dialogue of compassion for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness. He presents poetry purposely for the LGBTQ community that he courageously wears. His poetry gives voice to Black Lives Matter and SGL (Same Gender Loving). He is a delight on stage with a message of love, relatability, and acceptance. His presentation of professionalism is a compelling attractiveness that charms and inspires his audience.To book him is to capture a piece of poetry, truthfulness, and spoken word that only he can give words, voice, and purpose to.”

     

    -KaNikki Jakarta, Poet Laureate of Alexandria, Virginia

     

     

  • Events

    Writing To Wellness

    Writing to Wellness is a discussion based workshop designed for writers to use poetry as a tool for healing when navigating trauma.

     

    Participants will learn helpful tips via discussion on how to navigate trauma through expressive forms of creative writing, how to advocate for others and how to build a safe space for self-care.

    Dancing Is My Voice 2020

    Cases of sexual violence have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for children who are trapped living with their perpetrators and don't have the relief that they usually get by going to school.

     

    Dancing Is My Voice provides forums where sexual violence survivors and those who love them can find healing through, connection to a supportive community, strength-building physical movements, creative public expression and resources.

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  • Poetry

    Boy

    Boy, I can tell your unsettled by my presence. In its bold, colorful, brilliant splendor. This flaming Phoenix, who rised from the ashes, catwalk for the gawds, 10's across the board. The audacity to show I'm rainbow after the storm.

     

    You think I don't hear what you say behind my back with your boys. After bragging about the girl, you smashed last night but really it was you, Pornhub and a sock. Defining your masculinity by saying, "He got an ass like a bitch, no homo!" Wearing your saggy jeans and Crayola colored reeboks. Makes me beg the question. Who's really tasting the rainbow?

     

    I know you can't handle my confidence to exist. The affirmed smile I wear on the gloomiest of days. The way my voice sings, "Hey girl!" with the sassiest hand wave choreographed by no fucks given. The conviction behind these brown eyes. I know living my truth unsettles you.

     

    And I get it, you’re obsessed. With things you can't have. Children always want the most expensive toys, but mama says you can't always get what you want.

    So, you throw tantrum, let faggot skydive from your tongue. Test the waters to see how far you can go out and swim. Was told when you play with fire, you get burned and remember I'm a flame so I can set ablaze.

     

    Boy, I have just enough rainbow, with just the right size timberlands and torn wife beater for a beat down you won't forget. I swear for God you will catch these hands if you try me. Learn homophobia is a bully I bitch slap on the daily.

     

    You think you hit bullseye when you play with triggers but playing with triggers can get you shot. So, shut up.

     

    Grow into the man your mama thought you'd be. She carried you in her womb for nine months, you owe her that. Don't be that boy who won't except no from the girl he makes uncomfortable but becomes uncomfortable when he thinks a gay man wants him and then suddenly understands consent.

     

    Boy, understand this isn't my first time at the rodeo. I've been lassoing bulls like you my entire life. Been buck wild with the best of them. Put those cows out to pasture and watched the sunset.

     

    I got a caramel frap, Chipotle and a Netflix and chill situation on deck. Stop disturbing my day with your bullshit. I don't have you to do.

     

    But boy, the next time you see someone as fabulous as me passing you by. I hope your hyper masculinity runs and retreat like those two raisins you call cajones. May it learn the importance of being secure with self. May it learn how fragile it makes you look. May it learn cat calling a woman and her ignoring you doesn't mean she's playing hard to get. And most importantly, may it learn that black boys that live past age 25 is a blessing.

     

    Cause boy, you deserve that.

     

    -C. Thomas

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