Poet. Vocalist. Professor: Art as Activism. Activism as Art.http://ginaloring.com
Gina Loring alchemizes sociopolitical issues into art through poetry, prose and music. As guest artist of the American Embassy under the Obama administration, she has performed her poetry and music in over ten countries. Of African American, Eastern European Jewish and Muscogee Creek Native American descent, she curated a poetry workshop series for the teenage demographic of post-colonially marginalized indigenous communities. She was featured on two De La Soul albums, two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry, and was recently commissioned to write a poem for Quincy Jones. With a BA from Spelman College and an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, she is a Doctoral candidate at USC and a professor in the Los Angeles Community College district. Additionally, she teaches poetry workshops with incarcerated teens and youth transitioning out of sex trafficking.