Stephanie Pruitt

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Stephanie Pruitt is a poet, arts educator, and strategist who is passionate about bargain hunting, teaching and learning, brunch, community building, and making all the labels face the “right” direction in her pantry. She offers workshops, customized arts experiences, and is a consulting thought partner for innovative organizations and individuals.










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        Check out a few things Stephanie’s been cooking up….

Regarding Rule 99 – A project-based learning, arts education course taught Spring 2012 at University School of Nashville.

Poems & Pancakes — Community building through literary art and meal sharing.

Stories & Their Tellers — A pop up art gallery celebrating Black History Month at Country Music Television Network (CMT).

The Women’s Health Empowerment Summit – Art as a pathway towards improved health outcomes for black women.

Poetry in Motion — Literature as public art.


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Stephanie Pruitt is a dot-to-dot-to-dot connector. This poet, arts advocate and strategist earned a MFA in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelors in Marketing. Pruitt has taught arts education, literature, and creative writing courses at Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and over one hundred k-12 and community workshops. To ward off starving artist syndrome, while studying and writing poetry, she’s owned or managed a small literary press, social science research center, art gallery, and event planning company. Stephanie is the author of I Am: A Poetic Journey Towards Self Definition, the chapbook, Life on Lay-a-Way, and a poetry CD, Choice Words. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and member of the Affrilachian Poets. Essence Magazine/ named her one of their “40 Favorite Poets” in 2010. The award-winning, literary artist applies her entrepreneurial and executive-level administrative experience to collaborate with many organizations supporting innovation in the arts, education, and community development. Recent projects, clients, and thought partners include: MTVNetworks/CMT, The Women’s Health Empowerment Summit, Ada’s Army, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, University School of Nashville, Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority, Southern Word, NashvilleNext, and numerous individual artists and entrepreneurs. As the owner and curator of No Starving Artist, Stephanie creates engaging experiences that highlight art’s ability to improve outcomes in health, education, community building, and self efficacy.

This native Nashvillian is the mother of a percussion playing, teenage daughter, Nia, and a furry, tail-wagging kiddo, Jake. Her husband Al is an innovator in enterprise architecture and data driven decision making for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Family is Stephanie’s greatest poem, but her literary voice has been described as “high art with a hearty dose of biscuit-sopping goodness.”

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