I discovered Francks Deceus a number of years back at the Brooklyn Museum's wonderful exhibit, WORKING IN BROOKLYN. I loved his passionate -- deceptively simple -- aesthetic. I visited Francks' studio and was moved by just about every piece. I included some of his pieces in the first exhibit I curated at the Abrons Arts Center in 2004. I just rediscovered his work at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) exhbiit: "Ancient Futures: The DNA of Cultures & Civilizations." This fragment is from a larger piece, "Pilgrimage from Scattered Points." It is stunning.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.