Constance SHERESE Collier-Mercado is a Black Woman Writer/Artist, Founder of The CultSTATUS Arts Haven, and self-professed “Anthropologist of the Arts” in search of all the Culture she can get.
Born and raised in the culturally rich environments of Chicago, IL and the Bronx, NY, respectively; her tools are equal parts pen to paper, paintbrush to canvas, poetry to motion, and protractor to compass.
"Fresh, DOPE, Beauty ..." are the words she uses to describe the pluralistic idea that she can be a Writer, Visual Artist, Dancer, Musician, Scientist, Mathematician, Linguist, Educator, Advocate, and any other genre of Woman/ish Activist necessary to give voice to the fullness of Black Afro-Diasporic existence.
To that end, her writing and visual art primarily focus on examining the nuanced layers found in the multilingual and equivocal - the literal and imagined intersections of sensory, mystic, and social identities - to include the cultures of abuse, empowerment, and dis/ABILITY.
Her poetry has been published in the 2014 Georgia State University Conflict Resolution Magazine and self-published on her WordPress blog, Rabbits In My Mind.
An excerpt from her grief play “Chelsea’s Dream: Embracing Yellow” premiered as a unanimous selection at the 2015 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and she produced a one-woman spoken word homage to The Last Poets at the 2016 Festival.
Recently included among an inaugural cohort of Writer/Artists invited to attend both the 2016 and upcoming 2017 Home School conferences – she has expanded her outreach to curate an AfroFutures Syllabus event "Hoo-Doula/Voo-Doula" at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in November 2016.
She is currently writing two novels - one in a multilingual Gullah/English creole, the other in Spanish – while metastasizing the reach of her work into allegorical movements (dance) and sounds (music) which depict the divinity and kinetic energy of The Kinfolk.
Her work can be found on her website(s) at www.cSArtsHaven.com and www.ConstanceSHERESE.com