Shontina Vernon is a writer/musician/performer/educator. Her interdisciplinary work fuses live music, poetic narrative, and multi-media to tell the diverse stories of underrepresented communities. She is a Hedgebrook writer, a National Performance Network touring artist, a recipient of 4Culture’s Artist Grant and a nominated playwright on the Kilroy’s List. Her work has been produced by the Hip Hop Theatre Festival NYC, ACT Theatre in collaboration with The Hansberry Project, and WoWiWo in Denmark. She is currently at work on HER BLACK BODY POLITIC, a new piece that will premiere as part of the 2016 On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival. In addition, she is serving her second year as a Mentor Artist for Creative Justice, an arts as an alternative to incarceration program for young people in King County.