Adam is a researcher, educator, and spoken word artist, and has shared his work in over 30 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, England, and Ireland. He is the co-founder and former director of Slam Camp, a summer writing academy for teenage poets, and is the director of The Power of a Sentence, a writing workshop series at a women’s prison in Indianapolis.
Adam is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education department at Indiana University, where he received the Harste Alternative Literacies Fellowship. His research interests include critical media literacy, youth literacies, prison pedagogy, and inquiry methodology. He currently serves as a Bureau Speaker for Indiana Humanities, is the Master of Ceremonies at the Missouri Scholar’s Academy, and is the Official Poet of the Indianapolis 500. Adam has facilitated educational programming at over a dozen prisons and juvenile detention centers in IN, FL, KY, IL, and AR. Articles about his work as an artist and educator have appeared in The Japan Times, NPR, PBS, Big Ten Network, Chalkbeat, USA Today, and The Indianapolis Star. Adam is the Vice President of Southern Fried Poetry, Inc., which hosts one of the largest and longest-running poetry slam festivals in the world.