“Sometimes it seems like the sun chooses who it will shine on.  The chosen few know nothing of shade or shadow.” ~from Shades of Poverty
The sun is definitely shining on poet Thasia “TradeMark” Madison. At such a young age she has accomplished a lot through her education and passion. A native from New Orleans, Louisiana, TradeMark had to move to Dallas upon the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina. Able to adapt swiftly from the experience, she remained active and graduated from Arlington High School receiving a full academic scholarship to Prairie View University.
While at Prairie University TradeMark became acquainted with the art of poetry. 2007, her Sophomore year, was the first time TradeMark witnessed the finesse of spoken word. A poet named Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean started a poetry club and team on campus and soon became her mentor. The 2007-2008 PV Slam Team saw great success in a short time by receiving 1st place in Regionals and finishing 8th in the Nation in its inaugural year. TradeMark went on to coach the PV Slam team the following year.
Outside of her college studies, TradeMark co-coached the youth poetry team Metafour. Metafour is a nonprofit organization that caters to youth and their interest in creative writing. TradeMark states “that it is a fulfilling experience passing on talents and knowledge to a younger generation.” In 2012, she made it onto the Houston VIP National Slam Team – a personal goal of hers. And this year she has reached yet another one of her goals: Winning the Houston VIP Slam Team Qualifier for the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) competition and the chance to compete in the World competition representing Houston.
TradeMark is always writing and practicing her poetry. She is most known for her poems: “Waves” a poem about the lethal effects of Hurricane Katrina and “Hyphen” a powerful poem on women’s equality. TradeMark plans on releasing books, recordings, and videos for her poetry in the future.


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