Monique Gordon


I've been writing, painting, and sewing since childhood. I've taken poetry/painting classes since 1992. My art centers around found objects (e.g., reclaimed wood, cd covers, leaves...). I taught an art/music workshop at hospitals, camps, recreations centers, schools...

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I am constantly learning and incorporating various techniques pertaining to abstract art.

Masters in Elementary Education/Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Coursework in Business Administration


Music & Mentorship Teacher

  • Taught with recycled items
  • Prepared students to discuss art form for exhibit

Teacher/Summer Writing Program

  • Prepared lesson plans, exams, presentations and activities for students
  • Worked with students with diverse cognitive skills
  • Organized and accompanied students on field trips
  • Monitored, evaluated and documented student progress
  • Modeled creative writing technique to adolescents
  • Designed creative activities to strengthen writing skills
  • Produced and anthology of students’ work including poetry, satires, and narratives

Creative Writing

World Enough Writers Ice Cream Anthology | 2016

✓Poem “Beyond Scared” selected for Fall issue

Philadelphia Stories| Philadelphia, PA (2016)

  • Selected as a finalist out of 400 entries (2015)

“Mystery Man aka Upstairs selected in Jan 2015 issue of Apiary Magazine (2007)

“Onward and Upward with Diabetes”, creative work based on living with insulin-dependent diabetes


Germantown Summer Workshop| Philadelphia, PA (Fall 2015)

  • Studied music/photographs/culinary terminology & ancestral history for poetry
  • Discussed and edited group members’ work
  • Read 2 edited pieces at Design Philadelphia Architectural Event

Muse House: Center for Literary Art| Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2014)

  • One-on-one workshop with Temple University Prof. & Author
  • Studied writings of various poets that focus on motion (German, Israeli, Africa, Mexican…)

Voices of Philadelphia | Free Library of Philadelphia (January-July 2005)


100th Anniversary W.E.B. DuBois Soul of Black Fold | Veterans Hospital (January 2006)

  • Hired to read book, locate jazz band and poets for celebration
  • Designed cover for performance

University of Pennsylvania Dental School| Philadelphia, PA (January 2006)

  • Researched first Black dental student admitted to Penn Dental School of Medicine
  • Collaborated with Philadelphia Historical Society’s on gathering bio/photos
  • Found Fine Artist to create drawing

Albert M. Greenfield Elementary| Philadelphia, PA (January- July 2005)

  • Poetry and its relationship to coffee houses: Lava to Java-The Message is in the Bean Researched first Black dental

Beall Elementary School| Rockville, MD (June 2004)

Philadelphia University| Philadelphia, PA (November 2003)

  • Reading for William Penn Charter sixth grade English class
  • Interdisciplinary activities with poetry to 96 students.

Creative Adventures

Penn Internal Medicine | Volunteer Appointment (2015)

  • Provide guidance to and organize how to improve the patient experience
  • Strengthen collaboration between patients/family members/& health care team to

enhance comprehensive primary care

US Department of Art & Culture (not a federally recognized agency) | (2015 - Present)

  • Unite artists for social change with performances/story circle/pop-up art stations
  • Increase awareness about sustainable local businesses in communities
  • Organized forums to speak on what’s missing & needed communities

Fleisher Art Memorial (2009, 2011, 2014, 2016)

Working Artist stipend for courses/camp expense

  • Poetry/visual art
  • Camp Dreamcatcher Camp for children with HIV/AIDS

Colored Girls’ Museum| Artist (2016)

  • Mixed media piece (water colors/pastel/collage) selected for documentary
  • Work-in-progress: Inspiration, poem, and history on watercolor titled “Spirit Flood”

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