Twelve Literary Arts 

Because poetry is for the people ...

Meet the 2019-20 cohort of the Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program

Quartez Harris

Quartez Harris is a poet and elementary school teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Quartez began his residency with Twelve Literary Arts in April, 2019, where he began his collection of poems in progress titled "We Made It To School Alive."  The collection captures the plight of black and brown students in urban public schools coupled with personal accounts of teaching in an urban public school district. Quartez extended his residency with Twelve Literary Arts, becoming a Baldwin House Urban Writing resident,  Quartez will become the first poet to publish with Twelve Arts Press in 2020. 

Nina Domingue-Glover

Nina Domingue-Glover, director, actress and storyteller is Twelve Literary Arts' current Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence. Nina entered the world of theatre through the art of Storytelling. She has written many one person shows including Ya Mama!  A play about losing her mother, gaining a stepmother and becoming a mother, which she performed at Cleveland Public Theatre and the New York International Fringe Festival. Other solo shows include Mo Pas Connin  and Wade In The Water and plays for children including: Jinle and the Great King,  which was commissioned for a performed by the Theatre Elite Ensemble of the Cleveland School of the Arts, A Jewel of a Tale, The Web of Anansi, Jack and Jill’s Supercolossal Storybook Adventure which all performed at the Cleveland Play House and Sundiata: Child of Lion and Buffalo, which was commissioned and produced at Talespinner Children’s Theatre. In the 2019-2020 theatrical season she is the Nord Foundation Playwriting Fellow and Catapult Artist at Cleveland Public Theatre and the Barbara Smith Writer in Residence at Twelve Literary Arts, Inc. 

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe DeRango-Adem is Twelve Literary Arts' first International Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence. Adebe is a writer and former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), which became a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and The Unmooring, published in 2018 by Mansfield Press. Adebe begins her residency in December 2019. 

Elizabeth de Souza

Elizabeth de Souza is a writer and educator whose work explores the intersection of artistic genius, culture, and psychology, with a particular interest in the arts of the African Diaspora. She is also an emerging curator.


In the past year, Elizabeth was a Finalist for the Creative Capital Award, the Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship, and the Mary C. Mohr Nonfiction Award. She is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow, and her essays have appeared in publications such as Callaloo and Solstice Literary Magazine


She currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and two young children. Her first book, a work of nonfiction entitled “Sleeping in the Fire: The Black Artist in America,” is in progress. Elizabeth begins her residency in March 2020.