Debra'l D. S. Lowe

Debra'l D. S. Lowe

Literature
Central Region
Conway, AR
501-504-9665
[email protected]; [email protected]
www.thefirstpersonproject.org


I am most inspired by the Black Arts Aesthetics’ movement and my body of work takes up many of the same issues that truly allowed that era of artistry to be immensely noteworthy. I take that energy and zealousness for life that is often found in that movement to engage students. As well as challenge them to find their role in the world around them through writing. I desire to cultivate conscience artist by way of interactive writing activities and a discussion oriented teaching approach.

Background

There is something settled about Debra’l “D.S.” Lowe, now affectionately known as Anonymous in the poetry circuit, every time she talks about what she loves. Debra’l grew up with silence being the first language in her house so she wrote about all the ways life made her feel less of a woman. At an early age she was trained in theater which subsequently grew her love for performance art. In the fifth grade she memorized Sojourner Truth’s speech, Ain’t I A Woman, and performed it as part of her black history class presentation. This was the first standing ovation Debra’l received and this was a pivotal turning point in regards to her appreciation for history and the arts.

Debra’l entered college with a binder full of poems and untold stories. She was the only freshman college student published in Central Arkansas’s National award winning magazines Spring 2008 publication, The Vortex. Her short story, People Cannot Fly, written in 2007 portrayed a soulful coming of age mantra to swift transitions and first loves. The University of Central Arkansas took note and awarded her an honorable mention in the English Department’s essay competition. Her delivery was so compelling they added a performance category in the next year’s essay competition. This experience solidified poetry and the art of performance as her first love.

By the time she was twenty, Debra’l was traveling with mission teams to Africa and Thailand working with orphans and refugees. Upon returning home, she committed herself to the work of human and social activism with local community organizations. When she returned home she started working with inner-city youth teaching slam poetry workshops in hopes to impart value and courage into those facing difficult circumstances.

After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies & African and African American Studies, Debra’l began editing her poems and performing at The House of Art in Little Rock, AR. To Debra’l, poetry is a way of becoming your own abolitionist. To her it is a medium to find yourself, to give your tears a storehouse, and a way of learning to love yourself more. Debra’l believes the true purpose of her pen is to outline the face of hope in her work. It is this belief that lays the foundation of what is now known as The First Person Project, an arts organization to which she is the Founder and Executive Director.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Elementary; Middle/Jr. High
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: Open
Special Needs: Paper and Pen