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L. M. Partlow-Myrick

Baltimore native Lenett Partlow-Myrick aka Mama Nef is a visual artist, poet-writer, educator, spiritual activist, grandmother, and principal artist for Partlow Art. She makes artifacts of her living experiences as an African-descendant female residing in the United States. Each literary, visual, and performance piece she creates is a chapter in that experience. She loves her ancestors, laughing hard, creative collaborations, spiritual rituals, oceans, anything magical, YouTube, pinochle, and cooking for her family and friends.

Mama Nef 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. Her visual and environmental art has been shown at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, on the cover of Passager literary journal, in Leakin Park, and at Hamilton Gallery. She has also curated arts events at Function Coworking Community and Creative Alliance.

Her writings appear in several anthologies, including When Divas Laugh, Little Patuxent Review, and most recently in A Community of . . . VOICES.​ She has held writing residencies and commissions with the Ripken Reading Center, Baltimore Homeless Union, Maryland Food Committee, and Miami Light Project. Her original stage works include the 2-act dramedy The Conjure Woman Episode and The Dance We Do When We Be Sistas! She is the subject of the award-winning documentary Mbele Ache, the CSN-TV special “Voices of Our Past,” and was honored in 2022 for her activism by the AFRO American News.

Mama Nef has taught writing and African American literature at Goucher College, Osher Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and Howard Community College. She also facilitates a creative studio for the ELIP program at Omega Institute. She holds a B.A. in English, studied Publications Design, and attended the Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA program at the University of Baltimore. She earned an M.P.S. in Leadership for Sustainability at the University of Vermont where she is currently completing a Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Leadership, Creativity, and Sustainability.

Artist Resume and Curriculum Vitae 

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