Erika “PoeticOne” Murray believes firmly that the written word provides a voice for those too afraid to speak up or those who have been silenced. In this spirit, she has worked diligently to provide that voice for those who otherwise would remain speechless. In that spirit, she has dedicated her life to being a conduit for change in the Greater New Orleans Area youth. Through her role as the Vice-President of the Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association, Youth Director at Greater King Solomon, B.C. and holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of New Orleans. She is presently furthering her education, pursuing a Masters of Science in Language and Applied Linguistics vowing to further dedicate herself in service to our youth daily.
As a poet, actress and playwright, she began performing for large audiences as early as 1984, when she performed a Marian P. Hymes original play in the I’ve Known Rivers Hall at the 1984 World’s Fair. Since, she has performed in various plays and has worked diligently to teach the skills she acquired at an early age to others. Following in the footsteps of the late Mrs. Hymes, she has written several plays herself. As a poet, she has featured at various shows all over the United States and is looking to branch out all over the world. She is the author of Tight Fitting Blue Jeans (2011) and Pink Pearls & Red Stilettos (2013) two original poetry compilations and a Spoken Word CD, Intimately Me (2005). She is presently working on a line of Children’s stories and a Self-Help Book, How’s your Love Life which teaches one the art of self-love.
With all of the many things Murray does, her most important and valuable work is the work she does with children. As a motivational speaker, an educator and mentor she believes that children are flowers in bloom that simply need to be nurtured by the right people, to this she has dedicated much of her life.