Terrence Shambley is a poet and aspiring novelist writing their way to freedom. Terrence is studying both philosophy and creative writing at Augsburg University. They are a 2019 McNair scholar, this summer they are conducting paid research for their debut novel. They were a member of TruArtSpeaks´ 2018 Be Heard Minnesota Youth Poetry Slam Team. The team advanced to Semi-Finals at Brave New Voices, one of the biggest international youth poetry slam festivals in the world. Terrence has performed all over the Twin Cities and has taught poetry at a handful of institutions including Murray Middle School and Maxfield Elementary School. They were a finalist for the 2017 Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate competition and served two years on TruArtSpeaks’ Youth Advisory Board.