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Poet, Educator & Curator

Transforming breath into art

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 year


Years of experience

Teaching Artists Experience

July - August 2023
Pratt Community Center
Buffalo, NY
July 17, 2023
University at Buffalo | Anderson Gallery
Buffalo, NY
November 18, 2022
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY
October 28, 2022
Buffalo Collegiate Charter School
Buffalo, NY
October 6, 13, 20, 2022
Williamsville East High School
Williamsville, NY
October 1, 2022
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI
April 16, 23, and 30, 2022
Albright-Knox Northland
Buffalo, NY
November 18, 2021
Virtual Pop-Up Slam Poetry Event
July 7, 2021
United Way of Greater Rochester
Virtual on Zoom
June 5, 2021
BestSelf | Southside Elementary School
Virtual Saturday Academy
April 24, 2021
BestSelf | Southside Elementary School
Virtual Saturday Academy
August 14, 2019
D’Youville College
Buffalo, NY
May 24, 2019
Buffalo Arts Academy - BAVPA
Buffalo, NY
April 3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 2019
Sweet Home High School
Amherst, NY
December 2017 – March 2018
North Park Academy After School Program
Buffalo, NY
January – April 2017
Gloria J. Parks Community Center
Buffalo, NY
March 6, 2015
Sweet Home High School
Amherst, NY
October 2010 – May 2011
Community Action Organization
Buffalo, NY
May 15, 2010
Shea’s Performing Arts Kenny Ceremony
Buffalo, NY