Tonya Ingram


Tonya Ingram is the 2011 New York Knicks Poetry Slam champion, a member and co-founder of NYU's poetry slam team, a member of the 2011 Urban Word-NYC team, the 2013 Nuyorican Grand Slam team and the 2015 Da Poetry Lounge slam team. She is a six-time poetry slam finalist, a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of “Growl and Snare.”

Her work has traveled throughout the United States and Ghana, featuring in The Literary Bohemian, Huffington Post, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls,, For Harriet, Buzzfeed, Afropunk, Rude Magazine, Cultural Weekly, Marie Claire Italia, The WILD, Upworthy, To Write Love On Her Arms, YouTube and season four of Lexus Verses and Flow.

Tonya’s focus is the intersectionality of art as healing and art as awareness about mental and physical health. She has shared the stage with Hill Harper, Soledad O' Brien, President Bill Clinton, Anthony Hamilton, Lynn Whitfield, and others. She is a New York University alumna, a Cincinnati native, a Bronx-bred introvert and is a recent graduate from Otis College of Art & Design, where she obtained her MFA in public practice. She is currently working on her first full length book of poetry, “Another Black Girl Miracle” with not a cult press.

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