About Me

Born and raised in the southeast quadrant of Washington, DC, I am a creative, original, and energetic poet-activist. Enjoyable to work with, combining calm demeanor with passionate personality. Animated speaker and performer. Expert organizational skills. Accomplished in launching campaigns and building start-ups. Familiar with grassroots methods as well as innovative social media. Experienced in marketing campaigns and public image. Interested in using skills for the greater good.

Current Work:

I am currently assisting PEN America as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Press Freedom advocacy throughout the United States.

Moreover, I am the Founder and Creative Director for le pamplemuse™, a digital multimedia content platform that seeks to inspire better lifestyles by uncovering the hidden truths in the reality of the lives we live. We seek to inspire by helping you reflect on what it means to be vegan, living a sustainable lifestyle, and all things organic. Current projects consist of creating commercials, podcast topics, and cooking segment- That’s So Vegan.


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Writing & Public Relations from Loyola University Maryland
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Creative Writing: Poetry from Emerson College.

Previous Work:

I created & ran a poetry and spoken word reading series meshed with live blues and jazz music in the Boston, MA area titled: Mr. Hip Presents. Please feel free to visit the email contact button at the bottom of the page to inquire more about scheduling, reading, and/or performing.

I was the Editor-in-Chief of Write From Wrong Online Literary Magazine (I love my staff bc/ of their dedication and love of the English language). If you’re interested in becoming published- Check us out. –> www.writefromwrong.com

I served as an Emergency Management Program Specialist with FEMA Region I. I oversaw the project management for the Student Tools for Emergency Planning program, Faith-Based Outreach, Higher Education, and general preparedness messaging.


I  also lectured and taught Literature and Composition courses- Introduction to College Writing and Research Writing  as a part of Emerson College’s award-winning First Year Writing Program.

Previous work experience also includes  writing as a stringer/staff reporter for the Boston Bulletin Newspaper for the Allston-Brighton, North End, Waterfront, and South Boston neighborhoods. My articles focused on zoning, licensing, and redevelopment issues in the city of Boston. However,  I quickly learned my way around the city of Boston with my writing adventures as a freelance writer for Patch online news.

If you enjoy lively, energetic performances, visit my poet directory page for more information. If you would like to contact me for booking, to read, plan, or host an event at your venue, please contact Joanna at Joanna@mrhippresents.com. If you are interested in having me speak or write about emergency management trends and emerging capabilities, please visit the contact button at the bottom of this page.


Mr. Hip