Zoë Flowers is a seasoned domestic violence, author, poet, Reiki Master, filmmaker, and writer with the Huffington Post. Her poetry and essays can be found in Stand Our Ground; Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Assault and the new anthology, love With accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Assault. Her articles and interviews can be found on The Grio, Bloom Magazine, and several online journals.
Zoë began her career in the Domestic Violence Movement as an Office Manager with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). After six short months, she was promoted to Public Awareness, Membership and Training Coordinator. She was then asked to join the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV). While at CPEDV, she successfully ran the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention’s DELTA Program (A CDC teen dating violence prevention initiative). In this role, she supervised six sub-grantee programs across the state and assisted them with achieving their deliverables. She also developed and coordinate our Statewide Primary Prevention Consortium. I was then sought out by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), for the Director of Training and Technical Assistance position. It was at this time that she was appointed to the Child Death Review Committee by the Florida Surgeon General and conducted onsite shelter audits to ensure compliance with FCADV regulations regarding best practices for serving survivors. In her role as the Director of Survivor Programs at WOCN, Inc. she leads several projects across the country focused on ensuring the safety and security of marginalized survivors and their families.
In 2004, Zoë Flowers conducted interviews with women of color about their experiences with domestic and sexual violence. From Ashes To Angel's Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is the book that emerged from those interviews. Zoë’s had book readings at the YWCA Glendale in Glendale, CA, Smith College and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. ASHES is a ChoreoDrama that uses monologues, poems and vignettes to breathe life into the original stories chronicled in Zoë’s book and includes new stories about historical oppression, the media, campus sexual assault, body image, and the journey to self-love. ASHES has had many successful performances across the country including; Yale University’s Fearless Conference on April 9, 2016, The White House’s United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC on June 15, 2016, NCADV’s National Conference: Voices United on October 24, 2016 and Smith College on April 6, 2017. Additionally, ASHES was further developed through Brown University’s Research-to-Performance Method and had a sold-out weekend performance in March 2018.
In 2012, Zoë launched Soul Requirements, Inc. to combine her artistic projects, domestic violence expertise and holistic healing practice. Since then, she has facilitated individual and group healing sessions to clients across the country and oversees in addition to being a holistic healing consultant for the Joyful Heart Foundation. She has worked with the organization since 2012 on a number of projects and was the lead healer at the trauma center the organization ran after the Newtown tragedy. She is also a member of the foundation’s retreat team where she provides Reiki to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As a co-creator of SoulShifting Retreats, Zoë and her Co-Maestra Dr. G. Love facilitated life-changing retreats to over 30 women of color in 2016 in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
Now, with more than seventeen years of experience, Zoë has appeared on National Public Radio, WOVN Chicago, spoken at Yale University, Springfield College, Smith College and Bowie State and has worked nationally and internationally, on the issues of domestic and sexual violence in communities of color. She has also been the keynote speaker for the Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence 2018 statewide conference, The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2018 & 2019 Prevention Summit and the Maryland Women of Color Network’s 2018 Conference. Zoë has now added Content Creator to her resume. She wrote the screenplay and began filming her episodic television series Rode in the summer of 2017 which is now in post-production.