New Orleans native Sunni Patterson is an acclaimed poet, performer, workshop facilitator, spiritual life coach, and initiated priestess and minister. She began her career as a high school teacher, and much of her life since has been devoted to serving as a cultural worker and activist. Sunni uses art, poetry and praise to encourage dialogue, connectivity, spiritual awareness and healing. Whether speaking at TEDWomen, appearing on Grammy-winning hip-hop albums, officiating a wedding, or cooking breakfast in the community, Sunni brings people to a place of recollection, remembrance and hope. Sunni is a John O’Neal Cultural Arts Fellow and a resident artist for the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Initiative and Junebug Productions. She also co-founded the environmental arts and public health organization Breath is Lyfe.