Marquis discusses the importance of accessibility in achieving equality.

Many of us want others to sit at our table, but do we give them a chair? Marquis will explore how both access and the lack of it empowered him to provide a level of equality to the next generation through his poetry.

About the speaker

Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton is a prolific writer, poet and educator from Buffalo, NY. After undergoing multiple life changes, he found the confidence to advocate for himself and others. For the past 13 years he has taught poetry workshops at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Gloria J. Parks Community Center, University at Buffalo, Sweet Home High School, SUNY Fredonia and various educational institutions and non-profit organizations. In 2015, he was a member of Pure Ink Poetry Slam Team who represented Buffalo at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA. In 2016, he coached Pure Ink Poetry Slam Team to top 20 ranking at the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA. This past spring, he taught a 10-week youth poetry workshop at Gloria J. Parks Community Center which taught students from age 10 – 18 years of age how to discover their voices through poetry.

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I realized there’s a difference between writing it and performing it. When you speak it into existence, when you speak your emotions and let yourself go and really be vulnerable, it unlocks a part of you that’s been lost for so long. — Marquis Burton

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    Still thinking about one of the questions "Ten Thousand" posed to the group last month - What do you do with your "small fragments of time"?

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