Sahara “Sista SOLS” Scott is a writer and migrant from the Southeast that currently resides in Kansas City, MO. She was awarded the 2021 Artist of the Year award from UrbArts. Sahara released her first collection of plays and poetry My Last Words… Not Really in 2016. Her poetry has also appeared in Enclave, WusGood, Poetry Potion, and F.A.C.E.S Magazine. Her One Woman Show, The Family Cookbook toured nationally and was a part of the 2016 St. Louis Fringe Festival. Sahara wears many hats as a playwright, director, and fellowship recipient but at her core, she is an artist that hopes to break bread and barriers with stories.
She has written and directed, The Gifts, Not About Love, and other collaborative works with Room 13 Delmar for St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s Shake 38. Sahara was the first Katherine Dunham Fellow at COCA. She was on the Artist of Color Council for the Great Rivers Greenway 2019-2020.
Sahara is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with her Master’s in Information Sciences. Sahara received her BA from Buena Vista University in Communication: Theatre Studies and Art Therapy.
She is the Story Center’s Publication Manager for the Mid-Continent library. Previously she worked a Teen Services Librarian at the Lawrence Public Library. She also worked for nearly five years at the Saint Louis Public Library in Young Adult Services and was promoted to the Manager of Central Youth Services.
For several years she partnered with UrbArts in St. Louis as a visual and teaching artist. Currently she is working with UrbArts to create a book collection for artist and performers. Sahara has traveled and performed poetry in person and virtually across the nation. In 2021, she has released her first EP Spontaneous Stanzas, which is now available on all streaming platforms.
In 2020, Sahara started OUR SOuLS LLC an empowerment production company to promote physical wellness, host writing and performance workshops, and to support growth in the artist community.
It is her passion to empower women, youth, and to bring light to injustice. With a degree in Art Therapy she uses the arts as a way to bridge gaps between stories and people.