Yolantha Harrison-Pace is a performing arts specialist, award winning author, playwright, poet and missionary to Haiti. Her work is uniquely steeped in her heritage of the African American, Cherokee and Arapaho cultures. She has written as well as choreographed and directed numerous plays. She has traveled as a performing arts specialist highlighting West African dance, Native American movement and theatre. She is the national recipient of Humanitarian Author of the Year, Poet of the Year and Author of the Year. She is also honored as one of American’s Top 100 African American Authors.
Yolantha has been creating and facilitating programming for elementary, middle school, and high school students for 30 years. She has performed, run workshops, and designed performing arts programs throughout the United States, most recently in Oregon, Indiana, and Texas. She now lives in Kentucky.
She also started a praise dance program with Christ the Head Missionary Church and has worked with the Danville Heritage Festival, Arts for Kids Etc., Safe Connections YWCA, and Summer STARS Program and done extensive dance programming with the Kentucky School for the Deaf.
Yolantha conducts storytelling and poetry writing workshops in addition to facilitating and performing for two programs on domestic abuse and violence in the school system: SPEAK (Stop! Please End Abuse to Kids) and VOICE (Voices of Influence Creating Encouragement).
- Books written, anthologies contributed to, and scripts and plays authored:
- SHOUT, MAMMY, SHOUT!!!
NOBODY KNOWS THE HAITI I’VE SEEN
THE WHOLE SKY (black/white relationships)
GIMME 50 FEET (domestic violence)
LOVE YOU MADLY (legacy of our elderly)
BEGINNING NOW (starting over)
ATTIC OF DREAMS (Katrina)
I CAIN’T FIND NO PUNKINS
HERE’S TO HAITI: KISS, AMERICA, KISS!!!