SSF 2019 Featured Poet Eccentrich

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Sharonda Eccentrich Richardson was born and raised in Pompano Beach Fl. Where she founded and hosted Cuisines & Poetry, in Pompano Beach, FL. She proudly hosts shows from poetry, to fashion shoes, workshops more throughout the Broward County.

As a poet, she has graced the stages of over 45 venues from Florida to California. Eccentrich is currently the 14th ranked female poet in the world according to her placement during the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has opened for renowned poet Asia Samson. Eccentrich is a member of the celebrated spoken word team, Dada, who finished 1st in the nation during the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Eccentrich has been recently honored to have her poetry featured on the acclaimed in the poetry platform, Button Poetry, a platform committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for performance poetry.

In addition to her performance poetry, Eccentrich published her first novel, Church Folk Ain’t Got No Sense, in December 2015. The novel is about finding god in the midst of personal growth. In 2017, her stage play Everything That Glitters, a play about Domestic Violence debuted to a sold-out crowd.

Eccentrich is also the founder of Free on the Inside, the poetry pipeline series, where she goes into prisons facilitating workshops and showcasing spoken word poetry, with other poets. This project was a finalist for the prestigious Knight Foundation — Knight Arts Challenge in 2017. When she is not busy in the performing arts world, her greatest and most rewarding job is being the mother of two beautiful boys.

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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