Amaris “Selah” Howard, originally from Hampton, Virginia, has been involved in activism in one way or another since she was 17 years old. Out of a deep love for oppressed and mistreated people, Amaris began fighting against injustice domestically and internationally raising awareness through her art, spoken word poetry and music, community engagement as an organizer and active member of many organizations and by formulating and facilitating healing circles to aid in holistic wellness. The Virginia native fell in love with spoken word in 2000 while attending North Carolina A&T State University where she obtained her B.S. in Architectural Engineering. She performs her poetry and facilitates workshops in many cities and states across the country. In addition, she opened up for The Last Poets, Kanye West and John Legend, Floetry, Toi Dorricotte, Glenis Redmond to name a few. Along with her artistry, Amaris has been active in community projects in Chicago since moving to obtain her MFA in Creative Writing and African American Literature from Chicago State University. She is also an educator who extends her passions for empowerment and healing to the classroom through interactive, interdisciplinary, and solution-based curriculum and workshop sessions. She currently teaches English and African American Literature remotely from Chicago as well as operating and expanding her business, Think Free Movement Above all, Amaris is an advocate for children/youth. To date, her greatest accomplishment is being a homeschooling mother and rootz wombman.