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Poet t.l. sanders

Personal Profile

As a performance professional based in Kansas City, MO, Poet t.l. sanders is always looking for opportunities to collaborate with creative professionals, perform for awesome audiences, and speak at special occasions. His first, groundbreaking, project—a poetic screenplay, entitled kNew (published by Flying Ketchup Press), won the Producer's Pick Award during the 2019 KC Fringe Festival.

Poet   has performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (in Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City), at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and—serendipitously—he has performed at several venues located in Kansas City's Historic Jazz District, 18th and Vine: the American Jazz Museum, at the Gem Theater, and in the Blue Room (which is the setting of kNew: The POETICscreenPLAY). In May 2021, Poet   won first place in the Artful Poetry contest!  


Poet AKA Àtwist – The Language Artist, is a modern-day renaissance man who lives to build minds and loves to body build. He speaks French. He plays bass. He is a cage-fighting martial artist. He educates. Give him a stage, he articulates. Lend him an ear, he motivates. As Paper Birch Landing Art Gallery’s 2019 Poet in Residence recipient, a Prairie Lands Writing Project Teacher Consultant, a Missouri Writing Project Network Teacher Consultant, a member of the National Writing Project Writers Council, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a current curriculum director, and former elementary, middle, and high school English teacher (with 16 years of teaching experience), Poet   embraces the value of our shared stories. Whether he is public speaking, teaching, writing, or breathing, he has a passion for empowering people.  

Find him on YouTube under Bethephenom, on Twitter and Instagram @PoetTLSanders and on Facebook: 

Note:  Poet   is actually his first name!

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