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All entries based in Chicago unless otherwise noted.




  • Chicago Picks Ten, sponsored by the Walder Foundation and Elastic Arts, a showcase of Chicago Artist performing and reacting to 2020

  • An Anthology of Everything at The Henry Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell Univ, Itasca, NY

  • The Real Freedom Project

  • Sixty Inches from The Center



  • Brackish-Brooklyn Music & Art Video Spectacular

  • Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (an Arts Journal at Il. State University.

  • The Separatist Party, an online performance at the Constellation

  • All in This Together, or are We? A group exhibition at Solta gallery

  • Tour of Southern, France with French musicians, “The Bridge”.

  • Exhibition with Anything Squared (Hairpin Lofts)

  • Sidewalk Series with the radio station, WZRD

  • Civil-Chicago Independent Venue League, Nature’s Grace, and Wellness performance with singer and songwriter Bill McKay



  • Performance and recording with Jamie Branch’s “Fly or Die “album release at The Empty Bottle.

  • Curated Pop-up, “Jazz on’da Block” in the Austin Community

  • Solo Art Exhibition at Intuit Museum

  • WHPK Radio 50th Anniversary at Experimental sound studio

  • International Puppet Theater Festival at Links Hall

  • CTA Art Installation on The Green Line at the Laramie train -stop in Chicago




     NYE performance at The Hungry Brain

  • Chosen to speak at The Intuit Museum’s Symposium, Art Against the Flow

  • Chosen to exhibit Sculpture at The School of Art Institute in the Architecture, Interior Designed Objects department gallery.  

  • Performance with AACM, The Next Generation at Stony Island Arts Bank

  • Englewood Pop-Up Jazz Festival with the AACM

  • The Green Mill with Mike reed’s, “People, Places, and Things”

  • Flesh & Bone concert at "Sons d'hiver, Paris 

  • Flesh & Bone concert the Bimhuis, Amsterdam

  • The Chicago Symphony Center with Flesh and Bone

       and Amir ElSaffer’s River of Sound.  

  • Flesh & Bone concert at Le Petit Faucheux, France  

  • Solo Art exhibition at Wedge

  • The Promontory with David Boykin’s Expanse

  • “Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980” at The Art Institute

  • Standard Definition with video artist Kim Alpert at The Chicago Art Department      




  • Interview on WZRD with Eve Szokolai

  • Alter Call, “The Architecture of Sacred Black Space” Root Works Gallery

  • Infinite Games at Open House Contemporary (Art Installation)

  • NPR Jazz in America at The Constellation with Mike Reed’s Flesh and Bone

  • Group Exhibition at Triumph Gallery

  • The October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music, (Phil, P.A)

  • Commissioned to write an adaptation of the poem “Ask Yo Mama” by Langston Hughes

       by The Jazz Institute (makes debut December 1st 017) at Hamilton Park

  • Performance with French experimentalists “Immensity of Territory”

       At Elastic Arts

  • Marathon Jazz fest with Mike Reed’s Flesh and Bone (NYC, NY)

  • “Remembrance” Project Space Installation by Daniel Giles at The Scepter



  • Vision Fest with Mike Reed’s, Flesh and Bone, (NYC, NY)

  • Taste of Poland, with Mike Reed’s Flesh and Bone, (Poznan, Poland)

  • The Hyde Park Jazz Fest

  • “The Process” a recording with Joseph Clayton Mills (Records)



  • Opening Act for George Clinton’s P-Funk All-Stars at Thalia Hall

  • Flesh and Bone with Mike Reed at The Art Institute of Chicago

  • Poet & Writers Live at Institutos Cervantes

  • Notes on Empty Chairs at The Museum of Contemporary Arts

  • McKendree University, Poetry reading, and Workshop, Lebanon, Illinois

  • Off the Record with Marvin Tate’s d-settlement

  • Bert Williams, Rediscovered: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark in Black Film History with The Black Monks of Mississippi at The Logan Center

  • Lit & Lux an exchange of Mexican American writers and American born writers with Make Magazine in Mexico City, Mexico




  • Thoroughbreds, a group performance curated by artist Jefferson Pinder at Sector 2337

  • Awarded grant to perform and write words and music to experimental films from the early ’60s and mid-’70s, by The Illinois Arts Council to be performed at The Black Cinema House and Experimental Sound Studio (Fall 014)

  • CIMM FEST: Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate with LeRoy Bach and Melina Ausikaitis at The Hideout

  • Marvin Tate and Stephen Germana in Concert at The Comfort Station

  • Collaboration with sound artist, Joseph C. Mills, at The Experimental Sound Studios




  • Announcer for the Adam Burke Talk Show at the Hideout

  • 147 Pianos: A Chicago documentary about a local Piano Repair Warehouse

  • Museum Of Contemporary Art, The 13th Ballad with Artist, Theaster Gates Jr., and the Black Monks of Mississippi

  • Opera-music Parade (Public Singing) at The Garfield Park Conservatory

  • 4-week residency at The Hideout with various musical guest

  • Collaboration album: "Tim Kinsella, Angel Olsen, and musician Leroy Bach Sing the Songs of Marvin Tate" on Joyful Noise Record  

  • Model for the cover of the novel, “Don’t start me Talking” by Tom Williams Curbside Splendor Press

  • Iraq Veterans Against the War Fundraiser at Hideout with the band D-settlement




  • Printer’s Row 28th Annual Lit Fair

  • Beasties Boys tribute at Lincoln Hall

  • CIMM FEST (Performed in the film, “Ganzfield”)

  • Collaboration with installation artist, Cauleen Smith at Three Walls (Exhibit Based on the artist's Sun Ra)




  • Performed with artist Theaster Gates, Jr. and The Black Monks, of Mississippi (St. Louis, Mo).

  • The Dorchester Projects, (Solo Performance)



  • Poems published in Black Writing from Chicago, In the World not of It, an anthology by Richard R. Guzman



  • Little Shop of Horrors (Voice of Venus Flytrap) the Hideout

  • Milwaukee Ave. Art fair with the band, “Baby Alright” Chicago, Il.

  • Performance with Andrew Bird at Ronnie’s with the band, “Baby Alright”

  • Performed with Theaster Gates Jr and the Black Monks of Mississippi: The Gospel of Black performance at Van Abbe-Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands



  • Temple Exercises, with the Black Monks of Mississippi, Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Opening Act for Patterson Hood of the Drive-By-Truckers at the Empty Bottle

  • Collaboration with multi-instrumentalist: Leroy Bach at The Heartlands, Art across America, PBS

  • Reverse, a CD Compilation of Local and national Poets and Songwriters.



  • The debut of solo CD, Family Swim with CD Release Party at The Hideout

  • HBO-Def Jam Poets, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Il.




  • Interview with authors Marvin Bell, Alex Kotlowitz, and Arthur Levine for "Make" a Chicago literary magazine.

  • Published in The Wild Chicago TV series Companion Book.

  • Wild Chicago on WTTW, presented by Phil Ponce



  • Appearance on the musical/variety show, Chic Go-go

  • Russell Simmons, Def-Jam poetry, Season IV, NYC, NY

  • HBO-Def Jam Poets, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Il.



  • Reading with Niki Giovanni at the Hot House (2004)

  • Performance with the band Antibalas at the Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Performance with Read My Hips (belly dancers) at Old Town School of Folk Music’s Root Festival



  • World Music Festival at Chicago Cultural Center and at the Hot House

  • The debut of CD, The family Swim with the band, D-settlement

  • Guest on WBEZ’s Eight-Forty-Eight with host Gioanifer Fields

  • The Knitting Factory with the band Marvin Tate’s D-settlement, NYC, NY

  • The debut of Cd American Icons by Marvin Tate’s D-settlement

  • Host of Voices of New Black Millennium at the Old Town School of Folk Music



  • Opening Slot for Ken Nordine of Word jazz at Old Town School of Folk Music

  • The Hideout’s Annual Block Party (A celebration of live bands and art)

  • The Guild –Complex Presents Marvin Tate’s D-settlement at Chopin Theater.

  • Carnival of The Arts in Wicker Park with my band D-settlement

  • Festival of Lights in Washington Park



  • Interviewed on WGN Morning Show for a program I created “Shooting-Hoops and Writing Poetry” at local YMCA. Teaching inner-city youth, the fundamental elements of writing poetry by integrating basketball and its history.




  • Reading with Amiri Baraka at Guild Complex

  • Publication in The Site of big Shoulders, online music and lit journal

  • The debut of new CD, The Minstrel Show by Marvin Tate’s D-settlement



  • Sub Disc Volume II, a compilation of Chicago Indie Bands



  • The debut of first book pf Poems, “A Schoolyard of Broken Dreams” published by Tia Chu-Cha Press



  • This American Life with Ira Glass NPR (1994)

  • a key member of the Chicago National Poetry Slam Team competition in San-Francisco

  • Poetry Compilation A Snake in The Heart with the Guild-Complex

  • The headline at The Nuyorican Poet’s café, NYC, NY



  • Created and hosted a live variety show, Talk-A-Rioty at The Bop-Shop

  • Winner of Lollapalooza Poetry-Slam

  • Performance with The Last Poets, in Iowa City



  • The Chicago Poetry Festival

  • Curated the First Around the Coyote Art festival’s Poetry and Performance event

  • Performance with artist Annie Sprinkle and Poet Michael Warr/ North by North West Arts Council

  • Member of the Chicago National Poetry Slam Team competition in Boston, Mass.






Workshops & Teaching

  • Workshop with Intuit Museum

  • Received grant from Poetry Foundation to teach poetry to adult prisoners at Statesville correctional center for 28 weeks.

  • Prologue Early College Prep: Taught poetry and art to students ages 16-21 (2002-011)

  • Young Chicago Authors: Taught Poetry to incarcerated youth and edited an anthology of poems about their experiences (01-05)

  • The Chicago Poetry Center: Taught 8-week workshops to Chicago Public Schools students, grade 1-12.

  • Off the Record Song Writing Workshop at the Arts Incubator

  • Creative Writing Institute at NEIU

  • The Prisoner neighborhood Arts Program

  • Urban Gateway

  • The Incubator

  • Red Moon Theater

  • Latin School 

  • The Art Institute

  • Columbia College

  • Young Chicago Authors

  • Guild-Complex



  • Founding from the Walder Foundation, 2021

  • Received grant from Safe and Peaceful Grant 2019

  • The Jazz Institute, Chicago, Il.  2017

  • The Propeller Grant, Chicago Il. 2014

  • The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Il. 2014

  • Teacher Fellowship from Intuit Museum: Chicago, IL. 2010

  • Young Chicago Authors, Chicago, IL. 2009

  • Illinois Artist Fellowship (New Performances) Chicago, IL. 2000



  • Ragsdale

  • The Heartland, Sf. Ca.



  • Associate Degree in English and Communication

       East/West University

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