The Team

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executive director

Rhea Carmon, also known by her stage moniker, RheaSunshine, has been writing and performing spoken word poetry and slam for 19 years.  Her poems are powerfully motivating with an emphasis on her own personal struggles and how others can overcome.  She is the director of the annual 5th Woman Stage Presentation (2014 - 2018), a producer for Carmon Sense Productions, and coordinator for the 5th Woman Workshop series.  Rhea has self-published 3 chapbooks, released 3 spokenword CDs and is currently working on her 4th book and video project that tells the story of her journey with Multiple Sclerosis.  The 5th Woman, her signature work, is an ever evolving poetic installment that has been built by a national involvement of community organizations and poets.

Creative Director

Daje Morris is a writer, photographer, and singer-songwriter currently based in Knoxville, TN. She may often be found toeing the lines between introversion, extroversion, and shamelessness. Her creative process centers in the work of exposing beauty in all of it's messy and inarticulate forms.

As a poet, she performed with the 5th Woman (2016 - 2017).  In 2017, I published my first collection of poems, On Becoming Gold, in digital and print formats. 

Her work can be found and

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