Chris James

Chris James

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Chris James offers an experience through his art. A residency with Chris James is guaranteed to have an impact on how you view poetry and education. He incorporates engaging poetry performance, theater, music and movement in his approach. His approach makes writing and learning about poetry a very enjoyable experience. There is never a dull moment in his residencies. The program goal is to give students a license to be creative in their writing process while also improving their literary skills. Students are given the opportunity to be performers, actors and slam poets. Each residency is concluded with a poetry slam or culminating event. Both students and staff are always invited to keep constant communication with James after the residency has ended to continue improvement in literacy. The teachers are also left with new ideas and approaches to teaching literacy.

YouTube - The Chris James Journey


Chris James is a professional spoken word artist, playwright, author and teaching artist. He has been involved in Arts in Education since 2009. He is affiliated with organizations such as Thea Foundation, Arkansas A+, Wildwood Parks for the Arts, Arkansas Learning Through the Arts, Pulaski County Special School District, Pine Bluff School District, Pulaski County Youth Services and many more. Chris James has worked with hundreds of students throughout Arkansas. He has orchestrated school-wide and district-wide poetry slams and stage plays with schools and organizations. Chris is the Executive Director of two amazing programs; Poetry Saves Lives and The Roots Art Connection. He is also a member of nationally known poetry slam team, Foreign Tongues who ranked 2nd place in the world's second largest poetry slam in 2014(Southern Fried Poetry Slam). Chris is a TEDx speaker. He offers curriculum development assistance and classroom instruction training.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Basic writing utensils/ White board/ Markers