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Teajai Travis is an art educator with Arts Can Teach, the Founder and Director of The Bloomfield House, the current chair of The Windsor Youth Centre, and a board member with The Friends of the Court and Literary Arts Windsor. He is currently working on a collection of poetry titled Born Enslaved: A Freedom Story, as well a play and a collection of short stories of the same name. The work shares his Ancestors' heroic journey from slavery to freedom.
He describes his creative style as “lyrical hood spit,” a reflection of his upbringing in one of Windsor’s public housing communities – and proudly claims ‘Westside for Life’. In the anthology By the River, published by Urban Farmhouse Press, he describes his style as “channeling the desperate melodies of a pawn shop saxophone, praying abstract jazz to the whispers of a misunderstood Harlem Renaissance; black”. Inspired by the works of Nikki Giovanni, Dick Gregory, James Baldwin, Afua Cooper and Sal Williams, Teajai uses a poetic language to share the complexities of struggle and triumph from his unique lens.