Just Buffalo teaching artist Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton is a spoken word poet, educator and curator. Working with Shea’s Performing Arts, C.A.O.(Community Action Organization), Say Yes Buffalo and other non-profit and educational institutions he has taught young writers to discover their voice through poetry while celebrating their stories for more than a decade. He has represented Buffalo in National Poetry Slams for the past decade and has been the official team coach for 3 years. Marquis has also held the position of curator of poetry talent for the Music Is Art Festival for the past 6 years.
Marquis 'Ten Thousand' Burton
Poet | Educator | Curator
Poet | Educator | Curator
I am Poet, Educator & Curator
Writing & Performance Workshops
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Poetry Slams Won25
Hot Coco Consumed1,000
14 Years of Experience
Teaching Artist Experience
December 2017 – March 2018
North Park Academy After School ProgramTeaching Artist
February 2017 – June 2017
PS 197 and Say Yes BuffaloTeaching Artist
January 2017 – April 2017
Gloria J. Parks Community CenterTeaching Artist
October 2010 – May 2011
Community Action OrganizationTeaching Artist
Worked in partnership with Community Action Organization to introduce students to writing and performance poetry
Provided instructions and critiques to participants to help develop style, find their voices and the confidence to present their work.
May 15, 2010
Shea’s Performing Arts Kenny CeremonyTeaching Artist
Worked in partnership with Shea’s Education Department and local high school English teachers to introduce students to performance poetry.
Instructed an hour long advance level poetry workshop which required participants to write and present their original work for an audience their peers based on the information that was provided.
April 2016 - Present
Pure Ink Poetry Slam TeamCoach
In 2018 at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL, lead the team to their second Semifinals appearance and a 9th place finish out of 72 teams from around the world. This the highest national ranking that any team from Buffalo has ever had.
In 2017 at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO, lead the team to their second Semi-finals appearance and a top 50 finish out of 72 teams from around the world.
In 2016 at the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA, lead the team to their second Semi-finals appearance and a 9th place finish out of 72 teams from around the world.
Preparing team by holding weekly practices/workshops focusing on writing and performance while providing feedback to better improve their content and the way it is presented.
September 2014 - 2016
UB Speaks Club @ University at BuffaloCo-Founder / Coach / Instructor
Provide critiques to small groups of writers to help develop style, voice, and presentation.
Discussed pieces individually with Poetry Slam team members to further mastery of performance.
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