Angelique Palmer is a writer, teacher and performer from Miami by way of New Orleans; she now calls Northern Virginia home. A Creative Writing graduate from Florida State University, she found slam poetry through Will “Da Real One” Bell and was born and raised on the Literary Café and Poetry Lounge stage, becoming a “Café Baby.” As an Elementary School Creative Writing Instructor at the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC, she traveled to different area charter schools introducing creative writing as an art form and watching the faces of her students light up when they debuted on the semester ending open mics. As a volunteer with Split This Rock and DC Youth Slam she found new fire in the explosive talent of young people striving for greatness. Often taking on the role of an organizer, Angelique has spent 3-plus years hosting weekly open mics and curating local poetry shows. Since making her feature debut in Miami, 2008, Angelique continues to bring her brand of vulnerability and passion to stages, coffee houses and corporate events in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jersey City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and all over Washington, DC. A former TV news-producer-turned-elementary-teacher, she takes pride in her daughter, her students, and her walk through the world. She’s so cool.