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writer.     actress.     activist.     spoken word artist.     poet.     educator.

For over 15 years Ms. Golden has been using the power of words, page and stage to publicly to affect social and political change and create new ways of thinking. She teaches, presents, performs and guest-lectures regularly at local schools, organizations, colleges, universities and cultural institutions and has been invited to perform her poetry nationally and internationally. A native of Rochester, NY and graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Ms. Golden is co-founder of Kuumba Consultants, an arts-in-education agency dedicated to matching teaching artists of color with youth agencies and schools seeking quality arts & cultural programming. Kuumba Consultants writes and delivers curriculum-based programs including arts residencies, workshops, and performances throughout the Rochester community and Monroe County area.  In 2006, she founded Slam High, slam poetry program for teens which has received national acclaim. She has received several local, national and international grants and awards for her work including a Sholman Children’s Educational Foundation grant and Partners of the Americas Education and Culture travel grants. Ms. Golden is a two-time New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Awardee, a Poets & Writers grant recipient and the 2006 Writers & Books Teacher of Young People Literary Awardee. Internationally, Ms. Golden has presented and delivered residencies, workshops and professional development for educators, community workers and youth in Antigua, Belize, Trinidad, Spain, Greece and Montreal. She also speaks and presents regularly at arts, cultural and education conferences including; CommonGround, National Conference of Teachers of English, American Educational Research Association, Partners of the Americas, Words Beats & Life. Ms. Golden has been invited to present, guest lecture and/or deliver workshops for several universities including NYU, University of Rochester, State University of New York at Brockport, Nazareth College, St John Fisher College, McGill University, Calgary University, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Barcelona, Indiana University Northwest, Clarion University, Hogeschool Utrecht, and Howard University.

Ms. Golden is also a published non-fiction writer, she is the author of two chapbooks; Revelations from the Single Mama Tribe and All Me. Her work has been published internationally and locally. Reenah is the author of three short plays; Office Politics, Black Coffee-The Poets Café, and Hip-Shake (Co-Authored with Len Fonte for Syracuse Stage, Syracuse University Drama Department), and several short films (including Caught Up, Gang Related, Fam or Fame co-written with students and also produced by Ms. Golden). Ms. Golden is also an independent broadcast producer and has been a television personality on WB network. She has appeared in films and documentaries including; an international documentary Slam High, co-sponsored by University of Rochester Warner School and the Paulo and Nita Freire International Critical Pedagogy Project at McGill University about her work in Rochester Public high schools and in 2009 on the HBO docu-series HBO Brave New Voices (produced by Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, the award winning producers of Def Poetry featured on HBO and Broadway) in which her nationally acclaimed spoken word poetry program for youth was featured. She is also a Storyteller and directs the Performance Poetry group, Slam High which boasts . Reenah was Poet and Teaching Artist-in-Residence at University of Rochester Warner Graduate School of Education where her high school slam poetry project was launched through a Sholman Foundation grant (co-authored). Her most recent stage work, No Child… by Nilaja Sun, a one-woman show about public school education and the arts in which she plays 16 characters has played to sold-out audiences in Rochester (Geva Theatre, 2009 & 2013) and Syracuse Stage (Fall 2010) and several other theatres, schools and universities. Ms. Golden is currently Actor-in-Residence at MuCCC Theatre, Rochester, NY.

Past and current partners in art, education and activism include:

  • University of Rochester Warner School of Graduate Education, Teaching Artist in Residence (2006 – 2009)
  • McGill University, Paulo & Nita Freire Critical Pedagogy Project (featured in Why Critical Pedagoy)
  • Indiana University Northwest Urban Teacher Education Program
  • International Institute for Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Leadership
  • University of Calgary, Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education
  • National Youth Spoken Word Coalition & Brave New Voices Network, Board member
  • HBO Brave New Voices
  • Friends of Rochester Public Library, Board member
  • Partners of the America, Past Executive Committee/board member/grant recipient
  • Rochester City School District
  • RCSD School Improvement Committee & RCSD School Based Planning Board Member
  • Greece Central School District
  • Arlington Central School District
  • Writer & Books Literary Centre
  • The National Writing Project
  • Young Audience of Rochester

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2 Comments on bio

  1. Dear Ms. Golden –

    I work for Rochester Community TV, and I have just begun producing a half hour show called Conversations with Creatives during which I interview artists who create in various media. During the program, I generally include a short segment showcasing their work, whether it’s dance, written, spoken or visual art.

    Jim Strauss, who is my cameraman for the show, suggested you as a possible guest.

    I am contacting you to see if you might be interested in being on the show, and to also offer an additional opportunity. Jim mentioned that you are performing Black Coffee: The Poet’s Cafe at MUCCC later this month. If you are interested, he offered to come, with two cameras, and film your performance. The performance would become a program for RCTV, he indicated that I could use a short segment on my show, and you would be able to use a segment on your website, if you are interested.

    If you would like to discuss this further, please either email me at CWhiteLlewellyn@msn.com or call me at (585) 730-2447.

    Thanks so much for considering this opportunity, Reenah!

    My best,
    Carol

  2. Television presenter Cat Deely said the show was gorgeous.

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