Tulsa, OK– Starla Doberson-Reed is a wife, proud mother of 6, Godmother of 2, and a community activist. On stage, she is Poetic Fire: a dynamic, outspoken wordsmith who takes the truth, wraps it up in a poetic bow, and then gifts it from her mouth to your ears. There is no sugar coating here, merely the reality of a woman who has been through the fire and come out of it, not unscarred, but definitely unbroken.
Starla, along with her loving and supportive husband, Michael, served as foster parents for three years. Their youngest son was adopted through the foster care system and they are determined to make the world a better place, one child at a time.
Starla has taken the concept of “It Takes a Village”, and created a poetic way to give back to her community.
“I believe that violence can only be stopped by breaking violent cycles and through education,” The poet shares emphatically. “I founded OneVoiceLiteracy as a teen mentoring group. This group, in turn, gives back by teaching adults to read. Being a part of OneVoiceLiteracy gives teens in low-income housing a voice to express themselves through art and writing.”
She has also created Fire and Ice Productions and sponsors the OneVoice Poetry Team for talented young adults ages 13-21. She works with FOMC (Families of Murdered Children), and has been a Girl Scouts of America Volunteer for 7 years. She is currently working in outreach and anti-bullying programs.
When asked what she expects to achieve by being so active in her community, Starla had this to say,
“I have no expectations except to never leave a situation any worse than I found it.”
She believes no two people meet by accident and what you do with that meeting counts more than anything. You can either help a situation, or you can hinder it.
Starla, who admires Nikki Giovanni and Vibrant Truth, a Street Poet from Chicago, credits poetry with helping her deal with rough times in her childhood, divorce, abuse, and the death of her child.
“I love the connection I feel when I do poetry. It’s like an amazing current of emotions run through me with such depth that sometimes I write so fast I cry; and words I couldn’t find suddenly appear on paper,” she says. “I’ve written silly poems and short stories since I was a kid, but I realized I loved hearing it in high school. I’m still amazed when people refer to me as a spoken word artist…”
Starla Reed will be performing as Poetic Fire at T-Town Lyrical Soul on Friday, January 28, 2011. T-Town Lyrical Soul will be held at the Ramada Inn at 1010 North Garnett Rd, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hosted by Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam poet, Flowmentalz, the show will also feature acclaimed poets, Kendal S. Turner and Miko White, along with newcomers Anonymous, Demetria Moaning, and John Antwine.
Doors will open at 9:00pm and the show will start at 10:00pm. Tickets are currently on sale. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advanced VIP seating is available for $30. General admission tickets are available at www.ticketstorm.comand Ralph’s Menswear. For VIP ticket information, contact Lee Finch II at 918-734-6583.
T-Town Lyrical Soul
Hosted by Flowmentalz
Friday, January 28, 2011
Doors open at 9pm and show starts at 10pm
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $30 VIP