Gina Loring is a poet, vocalist, workshop facilitator and professor. Her extensive professional field experience informs a unique and effective teaching philosophy. She has performed and guest lectured at countless high schools, colleges and universities both nationwide and internationally. As guest artist of the American Embassy under the Obama administration, she has traveled to Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, England, and Tunisia. Of African American, Eastern European Jewish and Muskogee Creek Native American descent, she is currently procuring a poetry workshop series focused on the teenage demographic of post-colonially marginalized indigenous communities throughout the world. She was featured on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, BET’s Lyric Cafe and TVOne’s Verses and Flow, and was one of the winners of Queen Latifah’s CoverGirl Persona Contest for female lyricists. Recently, she was commissioned to write and present a poem honoring Quincy Jones at the Ambassador of Change Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles.
With a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.F.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles, Gina is an English professor in the Los Angeles Community College District and a volunteer creative writing teacher with Inside Out Writers, working with incarcerated teens. Additionally, she served as poet-in-residence at Culver Academies and writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook. Her work is featured on two De La Soul albums and The Brand New Heavies album, “We Won’t Stop,” and she was a writer/ performer on Norman Lear’s nationwide “Declare Yourself” poetry tour.