Pacia Elaine is a St. Louis-based written, visual, spoken, and teaching Word Artist that draws from the artistry inherent in language to connect with spirit, to make sense of the world around her, and to tell a good story. Her poetic work is a charismatic blend of rhyme, layered imagery, and fantasy, all of which are used to explore a diversity of subject matter through seemingly disparate concepts, the fusion of which encourages listeners and readers alike to examine the seemingly disparate parts of themselves and co-create visceral, emotive experiences. Her visual work serves as a conduit for moving us to contemplation, and for channeling the infinite possibilities for reshaping ideas, color, space, and the imagination to both remind and affirm the divinity in us all. An unwavering affirmer of the power of spoken word as a conduit for personal transformation, Pacia's goal is to use her work—and through the art of storytelling—to encourage others to find their voice.
Pacia Elaine is a graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute, an Urban Bushwomen SLI Fellow, and a founding member of the art-based youth initiative Cherokee Street Reach. Pacia is chair of the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival and a Missouri Regional Coordinator for the NEA-sponsored Poetry Out Loud youth recitation competition.
Liaison for the Great Rivers Greenway Artists of Color Council, Pacia is also a consulting artist and facilitator with Americans for the Arts’ Artists at the Community Development Table initiative. She has served as Curation Assistant to Inaugural St. Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro, is a Springboard to Learning Professional Development Facilitator for teaching artists, and has collaborated as a creative arts consultant, teaching artist, and facilitator with countless schools, non-profit, civic, business, and community-based organizations, both locally and nationally.
In 2016, Pacia released her first spoken word poetry album titled circa.ep. Her work has been published in collections, anthologies, and media such as Drumvoices Revue, Crossing the Divide, and All the Art. Her first collection of poetry and writing is forthcoming.