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Thomas, Ijeoma (Chinue)

Thomas, Ijeoma (Chinue), poet, performance artist and teacher; b. Washington, DC, 17 August 1950.

Studied piano and dance as a child. Began writing as a teenager and graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a B.A. degree in Art/Art History. She's a member of the Baha'i Faith. Co-founder of the band Positive Knowledge with husband - composer and musician Oluyemi Thomas. They have collaborated in a world music system that will soon reach the twenty-five year mark.

She's worked with Alan Silva, Michael Wimberly, Wilbur Morris, Cecil Taylor, Miya Masioka, Francis Wong, Peter Kowald, Roscoe Mitchell, Judith Kajiwara (butoh dancer) and the Baha'i Youth Cultural Troupe of Liberia. Toured in Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. Founder of Poetry Out Loud a literacy project for children and youth.

Recordings:
Another Day's Journey; Invocation # 9; At the Center of the Threshold; Voices from the Black Men's Gathering; Positive Knowledge Live in New York

Bibliography:
Published in Oxygen, World Order, Orison and other literary journals. Author of "Out of the Fire" a collection of  poems.

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