Ten Thousand

Marquis 'Ten Thousand' Burton

About Me

Poet | Educator | Curator

I am Poet, Educator & Curator

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.

Services

Writing & Performance Workshops

Writing & Performance Workshops

Feature Performance

Feature Performance

Host an Event

Custom Wedding Vows

Clients

Fun Facts

Happy Students

1,024

Workshops

30

Poetry Slams Won

25

Hot Coco Consumed

1,000

Resume

14 Years of Experience

Teaching Artist Experience

December 2017 – March 2018

North Park Academy After School Program

Teaching Artist

February 2017 – June 2017

PS 197 and Say Yes Buffalo

Teaching Artist

January 2017 – April 2017

Gloria J. Parks Community Center

Teaching Artist

October 2010 – May 2011

Community Action Organization

Teaching 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 Ceremony

Teaching 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.

Coaching/Mentoring Experience

April 2016 - Present

Pure Ink Poetry Slam Team

Coach

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 Buffalo

Co-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.

Teaching Artist Skills

Creativity

Writing

Performance

Curating Skills

Organizing

Scheduling

Booking

Hosting

Video

My Best Works
Equality − Accessibility = Inequality by Marquis ‘Ten Thousand’ Burton
Equality − Accessibility = Inequality by Marquis ‘Ten Thousand’ Burton
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Ten Thousand – “Black Suicide” @WANPOETRY (NPS CYPHER 2017)
Ten Thousand – “Black Suicide” @WANPOETRY (NPS CYPHER 2017)
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Ten Thousand & Brandon Williamson – “Dancing In The Shower” @WANPOETRY (NPS CYPHER 2017)
Ten Thousand & Brandon Williamson – “Dancing In The Shower” @WANPOETRY (NPS CYPHER 2017)
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Ten Thousand – Wasn’t Going To Write This Poem
Ten Thousand – Wasn’t Going To Write This Poem
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Ten Thousand – “Shine” @WANPOETRY (NPS CYPHER 2016)
Ten Thousand – “Shine” @WANPOETRY (NPS CYPHER 2016)
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Ten Thousand – Not Just a Fat Kid @WANPOETRY (Southern Fried 2015)
Ten Thousand – Not Just a Fat Kid @WANPOETRY (Southern Fried 2015)
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Buffalo, New York
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