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First Draft Open Mic featuring Aaya Perez
April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
#UWFirstDraft is a free, non-censored, open mic & weekly reading series sponsored by Urban Word NYC. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, Urban Word alumni, and mentors. We seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. First Draft is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to share their creative energy and unique perspective. All generations of the Urban Word community, past, present and future, are invited to share their voices, ideas and wisdom.
About Our Feature:
Aaya Perez is a intersectional gender-queer polymath born and raised in NYC- currently living in Jersey City. They’re a member of the quantum Things Collective, represented Urban Word and New York City at the Brave New Voices Festival in 2016. They have performed at The Apollo Theatre, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Lincoln Center, and The Washington Monument. Aaya is currently working to earn their degree in literature and education. They teach regular workshops in Jersey City in association with JC Slam and have had their work featured in and Rookie Magazine, Buzzfeed. They use poetry, music and visual art to shatter the line between politics and interpersonalism.