Born into a family of writers and entertainers, Theresa Davis was drawn to the arts. She has expressed her artistic abilities in several mediums. She designed and created Ebony Angels (a line of hand-crafted dolls) , Mental Notes (hand-crafted books) and started a clothing line for children. A classroom teacher for over 20 years, she currently teaches poetry to youth and adults in the Atlanta Area. In 2002, Theresa joined forces with her mother and brother to form the spoken word performance group MoDaSo (Mother/ Daughter/ Son) and released two music CD's This is for Family and The Uncivil War. She has self published several (7) collections of poetry including Rock Star Poet,Head Games and Simon Says.  

Theresa Davis is one of Atlanta's best known performance poets, giving voice to the things that you've been thinking but never could articulate. Theresa has gone on to forge an impressive career as a solo performer, winning poetry slams and featuring at spoken word venues around Atlanta and the nation, as well as leading writing and performance workshops and headlining conferences across the southeast. She is a member of The Word Diversity Collective/Art Amok and represented Atlanta as a member of the 2006 - 2010 Art Amok Slam Team. In 2009 Theresa was ranked 8th female poet in the world as a finalist in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Theresa Davis has shared the stage with Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Pearl Cleage and Doria Roberts in The Vagina Monologues, with Berniece Johnson Reagan (Sweet Honey in the Rock) and with Def Poet Jon Goode in their joint production of "Wish You Were Here" at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

In March of 2011, Theresa set out to compete in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Columbus Ohio. After three days of competition, she won, becoming the Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion.

 

In recognition of her years of activism on behalf of Atlanta’s youth, she was honored by the City of Atlanta with a proclamation, declaring May 22, “Theresa Davis Day in Atlanta”.  In July 2012, in partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Theresa released her chapbook “Simon Says”--poems about teaching with anti-bullying themes.  

 

The same year, Theresa was named the 2012  McEver Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech University.  According to the GA Tech website: “In addition to teaching Tech students, each visiting chair will reach into the community with a program of poetry events and workshops designed to recognize poetry for its possibilities in all our lives and to recognize those involved in the craft of writing poetry--whether accomplished, rising, or beginning--for the artists they are.”

 

In May 2013, her first full collection of poems entitled “After This We Go Dark” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. “After This We Go Dark” became an American Library Association Honoree, and the book can now be checked out in local and college libraries around the world. Theresa spent most of 2014 on tour With Shyla Hardwick on “The Huemyn Tour”.  She was featured as the opening performance poet for the band Rising Appalachia for their 2014 national tour.

Her second collection of poetry "Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto" released in September 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press has been awarded the honor of being on the 2017 list of All Books Georgians Should Read.

 

Her children Imani , Tia  and Zion  are her constant sources of energy and inspiration.

 

Voted Best of Atlanta Spoken Word by Creative Loafing 2008 and 2009
SOVO "Best of Gay Atlanta Poetry/Spoken Word 2009 
Ga. Voice "Best of Atlanta Poetry" 2011
Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion 2011
Atlanta Art Amok Slam Team Grand Champion 2011

Documentary "The Shadow Behind the Rainbow" Spelman College 2011

Mc Ever Chair Georgia Tech 2012

Emerging Artist Grant  2012

Bayou City Slam Champion 2013

LEAF Slam Champion Spring and Fall 2014

Film "3 Minute Activist" 2014

Creative Loafing Best of Spoken Word 2015

TEDx Poetry Salon Slam Champion 2015

TEDx Peachtree 2015

Creative Loafing Best of  Poetry/ Spoken Word 2016

Film "Queer Moxie" 2016

Books All Georgian's Should Read 2017