Starting as a timid first timer @ dim lights, Treesje Powers stretched a childhood hobby into a dynamic performing art. What started as journal entries and ramblings of a heartbroken teenager, matured into the sharing of real stories, light-hearted perspectives,and inspiration at open mic venues across Southern California. Treesje Powers continues to make a name for herself sharing stories and struggles that civilians young and old can relate to.
A founding member, and "First Lady" of LionLike MindState, a poetry venue in Pomona Arts colony, she has matured from a community of artists and mentors from all genres of creativity. Treesje competed 2 years in a row at the National Poetry Slam (2009 & 2010), on the Empire Mindstate slam team, helping her team rank 2nd in the nation in the Group Piece competition in 2010. She is currently a member of the 2012 Elevated (San Diego) National Slam Team. Treesje has left her mark as coordinator and host of the Pan African Spoken Word Festival in 2010 & 2011. She has shared stages with HBO Def Poets, opened up for best selling authors such as Jeremy Scahill, and will be featured on Season 2 of Verses & Flow, on the TV One network. Her potential and promise as a writer and Spoken Word artist has no limitations.
Her poetry addresses loss, education, love, pop culture, and all things connected to be a woman of God. Born and raised in the Inland Empire, She is now building an Empire of her own in the hearts of those that hear her words. Treesje is a proud alumni of Spelman college, where she earned her Bachelors degree. She also holds a Masters in School Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. She continues to advocate for mental health and the education of our youth as a practicing School Psychologist.
Professional by day, Poet by night Treesje uses her "Powers" for good every moment she can
By: Treesje Powers
The first of many, "Heart of a Lioness" is a collection of poems written by Treesje. It is a glimpse into the heart of a woman and writer inspired by the people, events, and emotions around
her. From cynical political rants ("America in Black Water"), to calling out some of your favorite pop
artists ("Open Letter to Rihann"), to the struggle of understanding culture and racism through the eyes
of a multiracial woman ("White Roses"), Treesje takes her readers on a unexpected journey through her eyes that may not always be pretty. As the foreword says, "A Lioness does not wait on a Lion to eat..." This collection of poems is Treesje's first attempt at getting comfortable with the power and strength of her proverbial roar without needing a Lion at her side. You can often hear many of the pieces in this book performed live, but being able to hold it in your hands is priceless.
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