Shirley Bradley LeFlore

2002 EP. NO. 1
SHIRLEY BRADLEY LEFLORE is a published and oral poet/performing artist, with an extensive background in administration and instruction in higher education. Having taught at various colleges and universities throughout the country, formerly an adjunct professor of women and ethnic literature at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, LeFlore is currently an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University, teaching a creative writing cluster.

A woman of many “firsts,” LeFlore is one of few poets willing to collaborate with musicians, dancers, film producers and visual artists; and is one of the first artist/writers in the Missouri school districts to conduct writing labs and creative writing workshops for grades K-12. She has read and performed her work on stage, television and radio; and has published in numerous anthologies and magazines. As a spoken word artist, Shirley blends the vocal texture of her poetry with the music giants of jazz, blues, gospel/spirituals and classical music, and is featured prominently on “JD Parran and Spirit Stage” and “Hammiet Bluiet’s BBQ Band” recordings. She was commissioned to write “Songs Of River Magic,” which was produced and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and created and performed a spoken word composition at historical WeiI Hall at Carnegie Hall.

LeFlore holds a BA in Language Arts and Behavioral Science from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an MA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a National Institute in Minority Mental Health Fellow (NIMH), and is the recipient of Missouri Arts Council and CDCA grants. Currently, her poetry is featured in the Random House/Broadway Books novel, Wildflowers, and she has two monumental literary works in progress: Brassbones and Rainbows and Rituals. LeFlore served as co-producer of phati’tude Literary TV Show (formerly known as “phatLiterature”) for Episode No. 1: “Real Cool: Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks” (2002) and Episode No. 7: “Rivers of Women: Tribute to Margaret Walker” (2004).

Last updated 2009.

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