I am an endangered species
but I sing no victim's song
I am a woman I am an artist [daughter, wife, mother,
grandmother, niece, friend]
and I know where my voice belongs
L. Nef'fahtiti Partlow-Myrick
Baltimore native Lenett Nef’fahtiti Partlow-Myrick is a visual artist, poet-writer, teacher, minister, and grandmother. Lenett aka Yaya Mama Nef makes things in response to her experiences as an African-descendant female in America, nature, and spiritual environments. She is an original member of the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walkers, an Elder for Beyond the Global Divide International Youth Summit, and a Licensed Conscious Life Design Systems facilitator.
Inspired by the marriage of images and words, Yaya’s art journals, art books, and transdisciplinary visual works have been featured at the Ecomedia Blagden ArtScience Warehouse, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, on the cover of Passager literary journal, in her 33Bookz solo show, the Dos-à-Dos 2-woman show with Jenny O'Grady, The Earth Project, and group exhibitions at the Hamilton Gallery. She has also curated exhibits and events at Function Coworking Community, the Creative Alliance, and Beyond the Global Divide International Young Leaders’ Summit.
Her writings appear in chapbooks and anthologies, including When Divas Laugh, Little Patuxent Review, Dancing Shadow Review, Bum Rush the Page, The Muse, Poetry Baltimore, and Awakening the Heart of the Beloved Community. She has held writing residencies and commissions with the Ripken Reading Center, Baltimore Homeless Union, Liberty Medical Center, Maryland Food Committee, The Way Space, and Miami Light Project.
Yaya has read at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Book Festival, Artscape, Theater Project, Wilde Reading Series, Blackbird Poetry Festival, Miami Center for Performing Arts, and Baltimore ’68 Riots: Loss and Legacy. Her original stage works include the 2-act dramedy The Conjure Woman Episode, The Dance We Do When We Be Sistas! one-act play, and Peace Projections Multimedia Show with Imani Muleyyar. She is the subject of the award-winning video documentary Mbele Ache and the CSN-TV special “Voices of Our Past.” She has also performed jazzoetry performances with hip-hop artists and musicians from around the world.
A Poets and Writers grant recipient, Yaya has taught writing and literature courses at Goucher College, Osher Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and Howard Community College. She attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Loyola College, and studied Publications Design where she also attended the Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA program. She continues to teach and create environmental art installations while pursuing a Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Leadership at the University of Vermont.
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