Gina Loring is a poet, vocalist, workshop facilitator and professor. As guest artist of the American Embassy, she has performed in Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, England, and Tunisia. Of African American, Eastern European Jewish and Muskogee Creek Native American descent, she is currently procuring a poetry workshop series focused on the teenage demographic of post-colonially marginalized indigenous communities throughout the world. She was featured on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, BET’s Lyric Cafe and TVOne’s Verses and Flow, and was one of the winners of Queen Latifah’s CoverGirl Persona Contest for female lyricists. With a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.F.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles, Gina is a professor in the Los Angeles community college district and a volunteer creative writing teacher with Inside Out Writers, working with incarcerated teens. Her work is featured on two De La Soul albums and The Brand New Heavies album, “We Won’t Stop,” and she was a writer/ performer on Norman Lear’s nationwide “Declare Yourself” poetry tour.