T.W. "Tommie" Suggs is a storytelling artist, public speaker, and author with an underlying mission to help others heal from the past, align with the present, and live full lives. As the author of ‘Running Through the Rain', T.W.’s extensive background creates captivating bodies of work that go beyond the superficial and touch the core of the human experience. Through sharing his own experiences and vulnerabilities, he helps others develop and heal. He forms a bond with his audience to mutually strengthen one another.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Philadelphia, T.W. built a strong history of personal and professional accomplishments that have led to his current standing as a speaker and now
debuted author. To date, T.W. holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Services, a B.S. in Business Administration, and is currently completing his M.S. in Organizational Development
and Leadership with a goal to pursue a Doctorate next. Even with this as his base, T.W.’s love for storytelling and art stemmed from the influences from his grandmother, who is strong advocate for performing arts. Witnessing her journey taking acting classes at the Freedom Theater of Philadelphia and starting a small performing arts ministry at her church, planted the seed in T.W. to pursue his own artistic journey.
Taking his first steps by writing poems, this passion soon transitioned into full-scale monologues and escalated into the storytelling realm. In 2012, T.W. wrote his first storytelling show called, ‘Remove the Tape: Healing Through Honesty’ and performed ~8 stories altogether, culminating with ‘Game Over’, a sensitive tale of a man overcoming the intense trauma of childhood molestation. Since then, T.W. has continued with storytelling performances throughout
Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia, including at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum, Freedom Theater, Arcadia University for the Black Male Development Symposium, and other businesses, churches, and venues.
Throughout this time, T.W. branched into his second passion for music, releasing a 4-track Christian album called ‘God’s Love, My Stories’ in 2017. The titles on the album include: You
Are Not the Father, Paint Me and Taxi and Blood Transfusion connecting deeply with audiences.
Fast forward to today, T.W. has now released his first book entitled "Running Through the Rain"; a 2022 release that intertwines T.W.'s personal experience with trauma and utilizes art to encourage, uplift, and help others navigate their own paths forward.