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Monica Lee Copeland provides marketing communication solutions. Her advertising agency experience (writing, designing, and authoring media for print, air, and digital environments) is extensive. She has developed branding statements, ghosted content for executives, and served as an internal liaison communicating key ideas to stakeholders. A savvy public speaker, Copeland has briefed journalists, chaired nonprofit boards, led community networking campaigns, and has a firm command of social media platforms. She has a penchant for making complex policies, products, and strategies easy for consumers to comprehend.

As a literary writer, educator, and performer, she authored the poetry collection, Back to Concrete, and toured her work throughout the US and Europe. Noteworthy performances include the Opening of Chicago’s Museum of Modern Art, No Ordinary Flowers at Fountain Theatre, and a United Kingdom Black History Celebration Tour sponsored by Farrago Poetry where she was awarded for Best Foreign Performance. Ms. Copeland has been interviewed on NPR’s Artistic License by Victoria Lautman, Pacifica Radio’s Poets Café, and in international press. As the Host and Founding Director of Indelible Ink: a Vanguard Performance Art Series, a Pasadena Arts Counsel Emerge project partially funded by the City of Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs, she features poets and writers like Eloise Klein Healy (California Poet Laureate), Tucker Smallwood (actor & author), Doug Kearney (poet), Swil Kanim (storyteller & virtuoso violinist), Jericho Brown (novelist), Marc Kelly Smith (founder SLAM poetry movement), Wanda Coleman (novelist, poet & playwright), and Katharine Coles (Utah Poet Laureate).

Ms. Copeland holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she was recognized for Distinguished Service as a member of the Writing Program’s Diversity Committee. In this capacity, she created the Fireside Chat series, moderating faculty interviews on inclusion and difference. She also gifted a concordance of prominent Black American and African Writers to the College. Monica Lee has taught writing and performance workshops at Harvard University, Mt. Ida College, Regina-Salve University, Castleton State College, Occidental College, and several Michigan Public Schools via Inside Out. A resident of California, she began her writing life as an undergraduate at Northwestern University where she was an instigator in the burgeoning National Poetry Slam movement.

She takes her motto, “A used key is always bright,” from Ben Franklin. A dynamic individual, she is proud of her ability to write and work across disciplines.