A night of spoken word performance inspired by the poetry of the Beat Generation and revolutionary artists like Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets. With performances by spoken word artists Dr. Jamila Lyiscott, Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins, Nancy Mercado, and alumni artists from Urban Word NYC: Ish, Alyssa "Lady Logic" Saunders, and Jadon Woodard. Event also includes a short music performance by beatboxer Rahzel and violist Martha Mooke.
The evening ends with an open mic Poetry Slam! Bring the words, Rahzel will bring the beats!
Part of the Martha Mooke and Rahzel Residency
About the artists:
Karl " Dice Raw" Jenkins is a mainstay of the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Scene, and most commonly associated over the years as a principal songwriter/collaborator /producer for The Roots, and also as a part of the now-defunct group, Nouveau Riche, along with the Philadelphia Hip-Hop collaborative, The Money-Making Jam Boys. He continues to expand his touch on new music through his label, Raw Life Records .
Jamila Lyiscott is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) of Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research, and advocacy program, apprenticing inner-city youth as critical researchers through hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy. She was featured on Ted.com where her video, "3 Ways to Speak English," was viewed over 3 million times. She has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Root, and many other media outlets. Her poetry and scholarly work has been published in Teachers and Writers Collaborative Magazine and English Journal.
Nancy Mercado is a writer, editor, activist and educator whose work has been extensively anthologized in award winning literary collections such as Looking Out Looking In, Powwow, and ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. among many others. She is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org; a web site dedicated to addressing the issue of climate crises. She was profiled in Latino Leaders magazine, as “one of the most celebrated members of the Puerto Rican literary movement in the Big Apple” and has been inducted into The Museum of American Poetics.
Ish is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. He has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in cities such as Los Angeles, California and Johannesburg, South Africa, and served as the 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate. He has also published a book of poetry entitled Meet at Greene. Ish is currently completing an and EP and a full-length album.
Alyssa "Lady Logic" Saunders is a 19 year old poet emcee from Brooklyn. She has performed at American Airlines Theater on Broadway, The Apollo, SVA Theater, Poetic Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafè, among several other venues across New York City.
Jadon Woodard is an actor and rapper based in Brooklyn. He performs on NYC subways with both groups and as a solo artist. in 2015, he won the Jack'n For Beats national championship and received $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled.
Founded on the belief that teenagers can must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC™ (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, college prep, literature and hip-hop. UW provides free, safe and uncensored writing workshops to 15,000 teens per year in New York City alone.