County: King County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) Awards 2021
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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti was born in Gulfport, Mississippi; but after moving to the Pacific Northwest, she shared her voice through doing presentations, singing, and performance art. In the last decade, she realized she also had a gift for expressing herself through the written word.
Gloria became a published author in 2014 when her poem, “What is Home?” was chosen for the Poetry on Buses program as part of “2014-2015: The Writing Home Collection.” Though the poem did not appear on any buses, it went live on the website, December 20, 2014. And in 2017, lightning struck twice when her poem, “Give Me Water” was also published to their website; this time, as part of the “Your Body of Water” collection. The Boston Bisexual Women’s Quarterly also published Gloria’s essays.
Since 2017, she began presenting her first workshop at conferences, called, “Transcending Shame,” which she plans to eventually publish as a self-help book. In May 2020, she attended a virtual writing retreat called, “Write Your Book in a Weekend,” where she wrote the first 30,000 words of her book, that she assumed would be based on her workshop. As she continued, she realized she was writing her memoir. Gloria is a recent graduate of The Narrative Project’s “Get Your Book Done” program, which provided valuable coaching, getting her closer to completing her memoir (anticipated publication date: December 2022) entitled, “A Different Drum: A Black, Autistic, Polyamorous, Mentally Ill, Former Fundamentalist Christian/Cult Member and Breast Cancer Survivor WHO JUST WANTS TO FIT IN.”
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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti, reading her poem, "What is Home?" at Northwest Folklife, as part of the Poetry on Buses program, 2015. Photo: Timothy Aguero Photography
Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti, Presenting "Transcending Shame" at Disability and Intersectionality Summit, 2018. Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Productions Crew
Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti, performing "Beauty and the Beast" with the Seattle Women's Chorus, 2015, Photo: Conrado Tapado for eQuality Images