Poet Laureate of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Author and performer of the one-person play, “Down in Littletown”

Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY

He represented Arkansas at the 2001, 2002, 2003 National Poetry Slams

In 2001 he ranked in the top ten percent of slam poets in the world. Of that clientele, he was the only one from rural America

Clayton Scott

In 2005 Clayton reigned as Arkansas’ Grand Slam Champion (regional slam with TX, TN, AL, AR)

Clayton has performed poetry at readings, slams, and features in Denver, Oakland, Tulsa, OKC, Little Rock, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Seattle, Madison, Wisc., Burlington, Vt., Dallas, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Hot Springs, Fayetteville, and Ft. Smith, and the country of England.

Won 1st place and 2nd place in two poetry categories at the 2001 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. Conference in Oklahoma City

Won the 2001 Poet of the Year Award in Northwest Arkansas

Summer 2001 he won 1st place out of over two hundred poets in the ANew Talent@ category of ByLine Magazine, a writer’s magazine for writers.

Selected as a member of Arkansas Artists on Tour (seven years running)

Chosen as a poetry ambassador with the Arkansas Arts in Education program (seven years and going strong)

Founder of Student Poetry Movement, a creative awakening public school presentation with which he has inspired thousands of students in America and England.

Avid photographer with an eye for unusual and common images.

Magna Cum Laude
Clayton is a Magna Cum Laude, honors graduate from Southwestern Oklahoma University in Weatherford, OK with a B.S. in Education and a Language Arts Minor.

School Teacher
He taught school in Oklahoma before becoming a television producer for a local and nationally syndicated TV talk show.

Actor and Comedian
An All-State actor in college, he also worked as a comedian for more than 20 years after college.

Youth Mentor
Clayton has served students in a variety of capacities for the last 25 years:

  • teacher
  • youth minister
  • senior pastor
  • a student detention counselor
  • arts educator
  • cancer survivor

Award Winning Poet
He has won poetry contests and awards as well as ranked in the top 10% of slam poets in the U.S. and Canada and was the only one of that group from the south.

Arts Education
Clayton serves as a part of three Arkansas Arts Council programs:
Arts on Tour, Arts in Education, and as a Fellow for the A+ School Network.

Passion for Students
He possesses a deep love students and believes in the tremendous potential that each student has for greatness!