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Literature educator , performance artist , writer , poet

Chezia Thompson-Cager-Strand, American literature educator, writer, performance artist, poet.


Thompson-Cager-Strand, Chezia was born on September 8, 1951 in St. Louis. Daughter of James and Emma Thompson.


Bachelor, Washington University, St. Louis, 1973. Master of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, 1975. Doctor of Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1984.


Teaching assistant Washington University, 1973—1976. Instructor, assistant professor St. Louis Community College, 1975—1979. Assistant professor Clarion State University, Pennsylvania, 1980—1982, University Maryland, Catonsville, 1982—1986.

Associate professor Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1986—1989. Visiting associate professor Bowie State University, Maryland, 1989—1990. Senior vice president Park Heights Development Corporation, Baltimore, 1990—1992.

Consultant Baltimore City Public School, Institute Division, 1992—1994. Professor language & literature Maryland Institute College Art, Baltimore, since 1993. Distinguished scholar in residence University Pennsylvania Department Theatre, University Park, 1989.

Project director poetry enrichment program University City Public School, 1972. Performance artist Artscape, 1996, exhibit curator, 1997. Curator In Celebration of Maryland Artists, Government House, Annapolis, 1998.

Exhibit curator Through The Fire To the Limit: African American Artists in Maryland Government House, Annapolis, 1999, Eye of Carl Clark, Photographer Maryland Art Place, 2000.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Jumpin' Rope on the Axis, 1986, Power Objects, 1996 (Artscape Poetry Competition award 1996), The Presence of Things Unseen, 1996, Praise Song for Katherine Dunham Artscape, 1996, numerous poems. Editor: When Divas Laugh, 2001, When Divas Dance, 2004. Director dramatic works including Narrator Vachel Lindsay's Congo Visits Langston Hughes, 1989, Jestina's Calypso, 1988, 7 Principles: or how I got ova, 1987, Tribute to Martin Luther King, 1985.

      Contributor poetry to Catch a Fire!!!: Across Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry, 1998, Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings, 1997, International Dimensions of Black Women's Writing*Volunteer I, 1995, Teaching Jean Toomer's 1923 CANE, 2006. Contributor: Maryland Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, Word Wrights, LINK: A Journal of the Arts in Baltimore and Beyond. Contributor literature criticisms, articles to professional jours, freelance for St. Louis American News.

      , Pittsburgh Courier News, Baltimore Sun News. Director of Spectrum of Poetic Fire Reading Series, 1999-2005 (Baltimore's Best Poetry Series, Baltimore Magazine, 2003). Contributor From Totems to Hop Hop (poetry), 2003.

      Producer (poetry Civil Defense) The Road Less Taken: The Saint Valentine Sunday Poetry Marathon 2001 (with Blair Ewing), 2003, (album) Teaching Jean Toomer's 1923 CANE-THE PERFORMANCE Spectrum of Poetic Fire, 2005.


Member advisory board Sexual Assault Recovery Center, Baltimore, 1989-1993. Site project evaluator National Endowment Arts, Washington, 1984. Member Heritage Art panel Maryland State Council Arts, 1990-1994.

Consultant Baltimore Arrabers Documentation Project, 1992. Board directors Maryland Art Place, 1990-2000. Member Modern Language Association, National Association Teachers English, Langston Hughes Society, Modern Language Association, College Language Association, Academy American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Poetry House New York.


Married Lawrence Chris Cager Junior, May 19, 1984 (divorced 1995). 1 child, Chezia; Married Mark Strand, 1999. 1 stepchild, Stephan.

James Thompson

Emma Thompson

Lawrence Chris Cager Junior

Mark Strand

Chezia Thompson-Cager-Strand