Mant¿s is a visionary poet who writes for personal and community wellness. A Black queer femme who is Pittsburgh born, and Hill District raised, Mant¿s is currently the artist-in-residence at the Arthouse in Homewood, where she is focusing on developing her bodies of work, freelancing career, and education as a holistic wellness coach through House of Umi’s year-long incubator program.
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As a self taught designer with copywriting skills, I've helped arts organizations, nonprofits, and creative entrepreneurs develop their web presence.
Developmental and copy edits have become a staple of my creative life, whether it's nurturing an individual piece or full publication to life.
I've developed & led storytelling workshops primarily for children, youth, women, & femmes.
Last night's writing workshop was one the best I've ever experienced. From the words of rapper Noname to the words of poet Gregory Pardlo to the words of the women in the room, amplified, Tyra immersed us in images and history in pursuit of our authentic voices. Through her facilitation, I began writing something I didn't know I needed to write.
After rejoining the writing community, I was looking for someone whose editing would help me grow. Mant¿s was not only able to help me dig deeper into my writing, but find my voice again. I remembered that joy that once came with writing before.
Mant¿s showcased an ownership of language and the ability to make us laugh while we strived for better days. Their satire provided much needed comfort that this world can do better and our Blackness is beyond measure.