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Teaching Artist Program

If you have completed the TOTUS course and just can't get enough consider becoming a Teaching Artist Assistant (T.A.A.)! 

T.A.A.'s can earn up to 3 credits as co-facilitators for the TOTUS course.

For additional details and to apply for Fall 2017  Click Here

Former T.A.A's

2016 Avital (Gewirtz) Schwartz

Avital (Gewirtz) Schwartz is a recent graduate of the Smith school of Business, but is also a junior Dietetics major, hoping to graduate again in May 2017. Avital has loved poetry, and all things written, since she began writing and memorizing essays and poems in elementary school. Avital has a very large extended family, and has been the designated limerick and song writer for a great many occasions, and her most common gift is a book of poems, be it Robert Frost, Sarah Kay, 100 Best poems, or a collection of Women’s poetry, she loves it all. Aside from her love of poetry, Avital plays and teaches violin, runs with her mother and grandmother for an hour a day, and hopes to open her own private practice one day.

Before coming to the University of Maryland, Avital attended Montgomery College for one semester, and there she took her first college level poetry class. She was hooked. When Avital came to UMD, she took another poetry class, adored it, and then, magically, heard about TOTUS, which became an experience not just of poetry and spoken-word, but of performing, sharing, and using words powerfully. Avital hopes to continue to be involved with poetry at UMD, Busboys and Poets, and beyond. 

2015 Rhys Hall


Rhys Hall is a senior Sociology major and has been involved with music ans song writing since he first found his love for it in middle school. He has transitioned in and out from rap to poetry and spoken word and often interweaves the styles into his work for an experimental sound. More than anything else he enjoys reading and listening to other artists and assisting their growth and to him the process is more important than the finished product.

An alumnus of TOTUS Fall 2013 and Black Monologues 2014, you can find him on campus as the Senior leader of the Black Male Initiative, as the Sociology Representative on the Dean's Student Advisory Council and with the Maryland LEAD program with the MOSAIC Experience.




2015 Opeyemi "O-Slice" Owoeye

OpeyOpeyemi "O-Slice" Owoeye has been writing and performing music since the tender age of 9 years old. What started off as just a shared hobby between siblings and cousins evolved into a full blown passion. The crowds grew from family members during holiday gatherings to crowds of tens of thousands as she's helped open up for the likes of Tabi Bonney, Casey Veggies, Wale and Big Sean.

Her love for rap was solidified early in life a she used it as a tool to break out of her shy shell. Although she wrote poetry as well, she never considered herself a poet. After being introduced to her high school's poetry club she fell head over heels in love with spoken word and then began to incorporate it into her performances.

Opey is currently a senior government & politics major at the University of Maryland working at the Nyumburu Cultural Center where she enjoys engaging in important dialogue on topics that range from racism and politics to gender and religion. She's forever grateful that there's a class like TOTUS that not only furthers this dialogue but also incorporates it into art. Opey plans to continue performing and hopes to build a successful career shedding light on necessary issues through dope poetry and good music. Find her at your nearest juke joint and coming soon to stereo worldwide. 

 2015 Priya Krishnan


Priya Krishnan has been writing since her fingers learned to form letters, though she now uses pens and pencils instead of fat sparkly crayons. She is a senior at the University of Maryland pursuing a double degree in Physiology & Neurobiology and Music. She is a Lannan Fellow, a winner of the 2014 Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship, and a resident of the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. Most recently, her work appeared in the forthcoming Write Bloody anthology, We Will Be Shelter

Additionally, Priya is an Adventure Trip Leader and Challenge Course Facilitator for the Maryland Adventure Program. She is passionate about eliminating healthcare and gender disparities and advocates for these causes as President of the UMD Chapter of MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere) and 2013 Ride Director for 4K for Cancer, a summer cross-country bike ride benefiting the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

As Research Assistant to Professor Emeritus Suheil Bushrui at The George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace, she works to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue, as well as to encourage collaboration between the STEM fields and the humanities. Other great Loves besides poetry are yoga, hammocking, running very long distances, loose-leaf tea, bizarre vegan meals, dark chocolate, and being soaked to the skin in summer thunderstorms.

2014 Mandla 'Kosi' Dunn


Mandla ‘Kosi’ Dunn is a tap dancer, longboarder, College Park Arts Scholar, Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House resident, and undergraduate computer science major at the University of Maryland. A lifelong writer and performer, Kosi is grateful to have shared the stages with numerous accomplished spoken word poets and national slam champions in cities such as the University of Chicago for the 2013 Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the State Theatre in Tshwane, South Africa. Kosi is an alumni of the DC Youth Slam Poetry Team, sponsored by nonprofit, Split This Rock, where he spent three years training in youth mentorship, writing workshop facilitation, and community organizing. He currently works as a Multiracial/Biracial Community Organizing Student Intern in the MICA Office where he is excited to share his unique talents and love for storytelling as he prepares for a career in animation.