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Natasha Ria El-Scari

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Years: 2010

Biography

"I'm so honest, sometimes I hurt myself, heal myself, reveal myself and the same for someone else ."

Natasha Ria El-Scari, paints lyrical strokes upon the mental canvases of all who recognize verbal art.  She is a divorced mother of two, and surrogate mother to many. Her womb has become a refuge for those seeking poetic honesty.  As a spoken word artist and writer, she has penetrated audiences of Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine District's Blue Room and Red Vine. Other notable Missouri venues include: Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, Gem Theater, Kauffman Scholars of Kansas City, and The Writers Place.

In addition, her talents have touched universities and west coast venues which include: Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Columbia, and R. Spot in San Diego, CA.

Natasha has opened for famed poet Saul Williams at the Grenada in Lawrence, KS., and soul singer Bilal when he made his debut in Kansas City in 2001.  She has performed at numerous coffeehouses, clubs, and celebrations.  In addition to being a member of the Black Poets Collective of Kansas City, Missouri for over 7 years, she has produced several youth workshops in conjunction with the Kansas City American Jazz Museum. She has introduced literary greats like Haki R. Madhabuti, and in 2002 received a standing ovation for introducing political icon and activist Dr. Angela Davis through an original poem entitled, They told me to introduce you in a minute.

Throughout her professional career, Natasha has presented original workshops to young women on professionalism, striking a work/life balance, mentorship, and professional sisterhood. She also presents to both parents and students on how to communicate during the teen years.  A graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, MS with a BA in English and secondary education, Natasha earned her MA in Liberal Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis in Women and Gender Studies, Creative Writing and Black Studies.  When her children elementary aged graduate from high school she plans to pursue her PhD in African American studies with an emphasis on Womens Literature.

In her wicked and raw, soft and gritty style, she published a prose piece entitled, Pap Smear in the literary magazine Black Magnolias, and is included in a national anthology entitled, I Woke Up and Put My Crown On: The Project of 76 Voices (Publish America, 2005) Family Pictures (Capital Book Fest), and Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Emcees and Poets (Lit Noire).  Her spoken word CD, DragonButterFirefly was independently released March 15, 2006. Her book of poetry, So Soulful, and novel, Growing Up Sina are on her to due list to be published.

Poetry Workshop Facilitator, Editor of local self-published artists; her love of the youth is evident in her current position as Project Director of the UMKC Upward Bound at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she has been working for 9 years. Natasha Ria El-Scari is the quintessential, truth-teller, sooth-sayer and literary way-maker in a time when undiluted artistic mastery is extremely hard to find.  El-Scari's statement holds true...Most people lie to themselves I reveal myself.

Poem

Daddy’s Princess: Ariana Stanley JonesMotor city carswill not startto cruise to Spring’s dance.Instead they will gatherin a father’s crib,searching in each other for faith,Indescribable fate.princess to bedprincess to bedshot in the neckdismantle the headdismantle the couchbaby girl takes last breathwith a gun to Daddy’s headserving the egoprotecting a ghostsearching for the guiltywith blood on their handsand there lay a princessa princess black in her beda princess a princesssleeping with bullets in her headface down to the floorwishing the blood was from himlittle girl lay deadon a cop’s excitedwhimhim will never holdhis little girl againadministrative leave until the next story bleedsnext town overlook over your shoulderwhen you stop another black manthere may be a princess driving the car instead bullet aimed for your head wearing a tiara or her comforter pale green and unassuming    but we want her to rest    but we want justice too    we want a Daddy to get his daughter back    and her Mama too    we want all eyes, all teeth, we want it allfor the queen that will never be.