Clara Rose Thornton

Spoken word artist, Brand + culture journalist, and Organizer in Dublin, Ireland

Clara Rose Thornton

Spoken word artist, Brand + culture journalist, and Organizer in Dublin, Ireland

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Clara Rose Thornton is a multiple slam champion, including the 2014/15/16 Leinster (Dublin) Slam Poetry Champion. Her themes of social justice, identity politics, and place have been featured at Electric Picnic, Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, Bar Demory in Paris, Christiania Jazzklub in Copenhagen, and Project Arts Centre in Dublin. In fall 2014 she toured Ireland as the headlining artist for the nation's inaugural Black History Month, which she was instrumental in founding. The previous year saw her tour Europe as Vice & Verses, a site-specific performance she conceived involving her original spoken word set to live music, co-composed with native musicians in the countries in which the shows were performed [Croatia, Denmark, France, Ireland].

As a broadcaster, she acts as film critic on "Arena" on RTÉ Radio 1, discusses the arts, race, and culture on the likes of "The Ryan Tubridy Show" on RTÉ Radio 1, and has appeared regularly as a television cultural critic on RTÉ 1’s "Morning Edition”. Irish poetry publication includes Colony and wordlegs, while her evocative cultural criticism has been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the Irish Independent and The Irish Times. She is Chicago-born, New-York-simmered, Dublin-dwelling.

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  • Work
    • InkBlot Complex
  • Education
    • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign