Alyea Pierce, Ed.M is an award-winning author, educator, and international speaker and performance poet. As a black woman writer, her mission is to focus on what stories are not being told, and as a first-generation Caribbean-American and Educator, she strives to always be conscious of what experiences make us who we are. For her Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling project, she examines the revitalization of oral storytelling and folktale traditions in Trinidad and Tobago through present-day spoken word & rhythm poetry. While studying contemporary Afro-Trinidadian literature, she documents the history and experiences of people, and explores the intricacies of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival. She integrates photography, videography, and spoken word performance to create a manuscript of poetry and fictional short stories focusing on memory and migration.
Pierce’s artistry has been featured on the grand stages of the Apollo Theatre and Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre, as well as universities across the states. She has recited her original works at countless TEDx events, such as TEDxOxford in the United Kingdom, and led international Master Classes for the Oxford Royale Academy. Alyea also had the privilege of performing at The University of Cape Town in South Africa, and opening for Grammy Award winning Artist, Fred Hammond at A Night of Gospel Praise in New Jersey. Her work has been featured in literary publications, both online and in print, including, YouTube, The Guardian, The New York Daily News, The Caribbean Writer, Autism Speaks, and Wake Forest University’s, Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics, amongst others.
Pierce was also the Playwright-in-Residence for the Award-Winning North Bergen, New Jersey Theater Company, Strength Out of Shadows (SOS), in which she wrote and performed in her spirited play, Financial Slavery: The College Debt Sentence, which had its World Premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival in August of 2016. One of the things she loves most about her work, is the opportunity to coach black and brown students in various youth development organizations on how to transform their creative ideas into professional voices so they are confident leaders of tomorrow. To continue that passion, Alyea is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication & Information, and the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of English/Rutgers Future Scholars Program.