ABOUT RHONDA AS POET
Rhonda's soulful delivery and thought-provoking topics are always sure to inspire and entertain audiences. A regular on the arts and culture scene, she is equally comfortable in front of small and large audiences.
The only poet asked to perform during the Detroit Institute of Arts Re-opening ceremonies, her two-week retrospective of African and African-American poetry was a "must-see" during the donor and the community opening festivities. She has been featured at numerous metro Detroit venues including The Carr Center, the Detroit Opera House, the Scarab Club, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Campus Martius, Wayne State University, the Ford Performing and Community Arts Center, College for Creative Studies, Southfield Public Library, and Marygrove College. And, like many poets, she has performed in countless coffee houses and gallery spaces throughout the Detroit area; nationwide in venues from NYC to Rock Springs, Wyoming to LA and internationally as an author at the Windsor Book Fair and for the Quebec Writers' Federation.
She self-produced her debut CD, I Saw Myself and released her debut poetry collection Red Clay Legacy under the Crimson Kairos imprint. Rhonda's work has also been featured on projects with Josh Milan, Sidney Howard and Mahogany Jones.
“Rhonda Welsh offers us a poetic view of the strength and beauty of the people of Red Clay -- true Earth -- the beginning. Whether a love poem or a question of giving, this poet steps up to the plate, hitting a home run! We welcome this voice to the poetic discourse.”
— Nikki Giovanni, Poet
“...the words and music of poet Rhonda Welsh always resonate. Her happiness can be heard in her performances, both live and recorded. Her face positively glows, especially when she talks about love, work and the city that she adores so much.”
— Karen Dybis, author of "Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit's Best"