A young writer since the age of 13, Treesje discovered poetry as most young women do, in the comfort of her bedroom journaling her way through heartbreak. What started as a teenage hobby evolved years later into a magnetic and cathartic art form that shifted the hearts of others and brought personal breakthrough. After graduating from Spelman College in 2007, Treesje returned home and was introduced to spoken word by a local community organization, Project Action. From the openness and support of this collective or artists, Treesje joined the world of spoken word in 2008 and quickly took command of stages across the Inland Empire. Her words evolved from a simple form of expression, into dynamic experiences that brought inspiration and healing. She stepped out from open mics and went on to competenationally with the Empire MindState National Slam Team (2009; 2010) and San Diego Elevated National Slam Team (2013; 2014). As the only female competitor, Treesje was named San Diego Slam Champion in 2014.
Treesje served for 7 years as co-host of Lionlike Mindstate, one of the fastest growing Open Mics in the Inland Empire in its prime. Her poetry has been sought out and shared with various colleges, organizations, and churches across the nation. With her poise and ability to connect with a wide array of secular and faith-based audiences, Treesje has shared stages with recording artists such as Luke James, Chrisette Michelle, Maxwell, and Mali Music. She was also featured twice on the TVOne’s “Verses & Flow” (Season 2 & 4) and quickly became a household favorite. Her poem “White Rose” gained over 100K views on YouTube within its first few months of being featured on All Def Digital Channel.
Though poetry is her first love, Treesje continues to expand the reach of self-expression as a tool for educational and emotional growth. She serves on the advisory board of SayWordLA a Spoken Word curriculum that teaches high school students literacy, self-awareness, and social activism in the LA County.