Bio - Patrice Hill

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Patrice Hill is a community-based educator who has over a decade of experience teaching in urban classrooms and writing and performing spoken word poetry. Born and raised in Fresno, CA., Patrice uses her background as an urban, inner-city, public school educated student to develop curriculum that is culturally relevant and meaningful to the lives of young people. Ms. Hill received her BA degree in Pan-African Studies from California State University Sacramento (CSUS). She began her career as a TA for several Ethnic Studies Professors at CSUS, which eventually landed her the opportunity to instruct an independent intro class for the inaugural African American Learning Community. After teaching for a full year at CSUS, Patrice then began teaching at Sierra School, a private alternative school for students with learning and emotional disabilities. As an undergrad at CSUS she was exposed to the Sacramento poetry scene through The Suga Shack poetry series ran by local Sacramento poet and author, Sean King. As a young student, activist, and promoter, Ms. Hill found her poetic voice while attending the Mahogany Urban Poetry Series weekly open mic. It was at Mahogany where Hill's poetry career really began. As a young poet, she had the opportunity to be mentored by amazing poets including Angela Boyce (RIP), Ifa Modupe, Cleo Cartel, Khiry Malik, Taalam Acey, among others. Ms. Hill has performed extensively throughout California as a member of the infamous Supercaliflowlinguistics poetry group. Ms. Hill was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Sacramento National Poetry Slam team, which not only completed nationally but also won the Battle of the Bay Poetry Slam Competition. In addition, Ms. Hill founded and hosted the weekly open mic venue TalkBack Tuesdays for several years with Rodzilla the Blackademic. As a poet and writer, Hill has evolved into a community-based educator, working directly with youth and teachers inside classrooms using spoken word poetry and writing as a tool to engage, educate, transform and heal. She specializes in providing direct service to students, facilitating teacher professional development trainings, developing culturally relevant curriculum and facilitating writing workshops with youth, teachers and youth practitioners. As the Program Coordinator of Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, Ms. Hill continues to be immersed in the art of Poetry and Spoken Word working with the beautiful and brilliant youth throughout California and beyond.

From Patrice Hill:
Even if all we have is this poetry, let it be enough to swim out of this poverty…
Probably there’s a youth posted on your block right now, having to make the choice of being broke and going to school or come up the only way he knows how… 
It may seem crazy but poetry can save lives and if spoken word can saves souls then why don’t more youth know that they can put down nines and pick up poetry lines. Break generational curses with dope hooks and spoken word verses…
Even though we all fighting for our life, we still have the right to thrive instead of just survive.