Tamiko Ambrose Murray
Connections to NC Essential Standards and Common Core:Language Arts, Social Studies
Creative Non-fiction and Fiction prose writer and poet, Tamiko motivates children, teens, and adults through creative writing to combine imagination, personal perspective and life experiences to makes sense of their lives and history and to empower themselves to make the changes they want to see in the world. Through guided practice, Tamiko facilitates the free-writing process to harness students’ imaginations to create creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry while building confidence in the analysis and use of selected literary devices. In schools settings, she uses embedded explicit Common Core State Standards in order for students to experience language arts as a functional and positive means of self-expression, a strategy that has resulted in a demonstrable increase in EOG scores with students Tamiko has worked with in the past.
Tamiko is an Asheville Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipient, winner of the Wilma Dykeman Award for creative non-fiction and is a co-founder of Asheville Writers in the Schools (AWITS) and resident writer. She is the former program and community coordinator for LEAF Schools & Streets and presently serves as the local coordinator for a southeast regional arts organization, Alternate ROOTS. She received a Masters in Social Work from Western Carolina University and has worked with both young people and adults within the school system and through local community programs since 2002.