Brief Bio - 


Nathan M. Richardson is a published author, performance poet and Douglass Historian.  His poetry collections  include  "Likeness of Being", "Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts" and "Voices from the Wombs of Wisdom."  His work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers such as the Channel Marker, The Cupola, Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and creator and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic series.  Nathan is a  former coach and current ambassador-at-large for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets.



Switching hats frequently from literature to history, he is now in his 6th year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour; a living history performance in which he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. A short list of Nathan's other affiliations include the Suffolk Arts League, the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia, 1st Amendment / 1st Vote, and  the Association of  Native & African History Professionals.


Short Bio -


Nathan M. Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author. His published collections are "Likeness of Being" and  "Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts".  He has also contributed to the following anthologies; The Poets Domain, The Cupola, The Channel Marker & Skipping Stones. Nathan has been a featured author at the following writers conferences/fesvitals; The James River Writers Festival, The Christopher Newport University Writers Conference, The PDCCC Literary Festival, the NSU William Carroll Literary Festival & the Hampton Roads Writers Writers Conference


He is the organizer and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic Series.  These quarterly open mics are syndicated in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk and Prince George, Virginia. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers.  Three of his most popular workshops are  "Paint Me a Poem",  "Words Beyond Walls" and "The Business of Becoming a Published Author".


Nationally, Nathan's poetry has been commissioned to accent major art exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Art, the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.  For the past 6 years he has been the Resident Creative Writing Instructor for the Artistic Verses Creative Writing Program sponsored by Newport News Public High Schools and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC).   His past reseidencies include creative writing instructor for the Camp Rise Summer Arts Program which was awarded the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from The White House. 

Since 2010, Nathan has served as the head coach for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets Slam Team.  HRYP is a division of the youth empowerment organization - Teens with a Purpose.  Each year poets ages 13-19 years old are selected to represent Virginia at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. Atlanta, Philidelphia, Chicago & San Fransico are a few of  cities the HRYP Team has traveled to compete. For his work associated with HRYP, Nathan received the 2012 Mover Maker Award from TWP and was named the 2014 Slam Organizer of the Year by the National Poetry Awards.  




The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour - is now entering it's 5th season and growing in content and popularity across the United States.   Poet, Author and Spoken Word Performer Nathan M. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  Go to the Client & Reviews page to see what audiences are saying about their experience of living history. 

Voices from the Wombs of Wisdom - a new collection of poetry coming Winter 2020.

A short list of Nathan's important affiliations include the Suffolk Arts League, the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia, the Advisory Council for the Christopher Newport University Writers Conference, the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Festival, the Association of Lincoln Presenters and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH).


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