Abena Disroe is a Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Radio Broadcaster, Conflict Revolutionist, Leadership Development Trainer, Children’s Storyteller, Asset Mapping Specialist, Restorative Justice Worker, Community Activist, Gardener, Healer of People and Communities, and much more….
Abena is the founder of The Poets Den, an Open Mic venue that focuses on educating, and tapping into the creative spirit of artists and those who want to strengthen their art form. Abena hosted the 2nd Annual Spoken Word Expo where poets from across the United States came to together to perform in St. Louis, Missouri. Abena opened all four (4) shows on the east coast with Jazz Legend Angela Bofil, and was featured on cable show to open up for the Jazz Legend Patti Austin.
Affectionately named by the Washington, DC community as The High Priestess of Poetry, many have seen Abena perform at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, National Theater and Source Theater in Washington, DC, Port Au Prince, and Haiti International Radio Station.
Abena Disroe was just appointed through the Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative (GPPI) as Peace Ambassador for Washington, DC. Abena has been a substitute teacher at the elementary, Jr. High and High School levels for Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia for more than ten (10) years. She served as Storyteller for Everybody Wins, INC. in Washington, DC where she visited over 17 schools every year to increase the interest and thirst in reading in the youth.
Founder of Voices with Vision, which earned an nomination for the Mayors Arts Award for new and outstanding emerging artist, and, also, selected as one of America’s Most Outstanding Women with all of her community projects, and spirit of empowerment of not only her community but communities throughout Washington, DC and the world.
One of her many projects, while employed at The Johns Hopkins School of Advance and International Studies (SAIS), was the research of self-help organizations where Johns Hopkins published her book “Making it Happen,” which she wrote and edited.
Making a choice to go back to school to keep learning, Abena graduated from George Washington University School of Business and Public Management as a Certified Events Management Planner (C.E.M.P.) August 1999. Prior to that she did her undergraduate work at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi with a degree in Mass Communications (Radio and Television), where she spent a lot of time with the civil rights activist Mr. James Meredith the well-known civil rights activist, and spent time with his mother in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Washington, DC had the privilege of enjoying a television show produced and hosted by Abena called “The Soulful Expressive Empowerment Diversity Spoken-Word (S.E.E.D.S.), where her vision matched with her passion to connect the voices of all generational age groups from 5 to 95, known and unknown.
Abena has also conducted poetry workshops with senior citizen wellness centers, and cancer patients at Howard University Hospital using poetry as therapy through a guided process that allows mental and emotional healing to take place.
There is so much to tell about Abena Disroe, but lastly I must communicate her work with incarcerated youth through Balanced and Restorative Justice Community Circle Training last summer, and her book “Fire in the Spirit” which she just completed and now looking to publish.