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UW First Draft FEAT. Nkosi and Trace
July 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: This week’s #UWFirstDraft will be held at its usual location at the Urban Word office space.
#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 Features:
Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo Fellow. He has received nominations for the American Voices Award, Independent Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize. Nkosi was a member of the 2014 Urban Word NYC Slam Team and 2015 Urbana-NYC Slam Team. His work is currently published in No Token, Rose Red Review, Hobart and elsewhere. He resides in Harlem, New York, where he listens to Jazz so often during the days. You can reach him at: email@example.com
Residing in Jamaica, Queens, Trace DePass is currently a sophomore at Brooklyn College and recipient of a National Gold Medal from Scholastic for his writing portfolio, “Black Boyhood”. As a former Youth Board member at Urban Word NYC, he uses his poetry to address issues that young people of color face and welcomes the idea of development through the use of art and poetry. Last year, he was selected to be the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens and was published in Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2015.
About our curators:
Jon Sands, a curator at large, is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project. http://jonsands.com/
Soré Agbaje is a 20 year old Nigerian- American, Brooklyn College student. There she majors in Political Science with a minor in Journalism and is the Treasurer and member of the Brooklyn College Slam team. Sore is a 2015 Cambridge Writer’s Fellowship recipient, a Scholastic Silver Key Art and Writing recipient, and the 2014-2015 NYC Poet Ambassador. She is a member of the United Nation’s NGO and artist initiative, “I Sell The Shadow”. She has been blessed to perform in spaces such as the United Nations, Columbia University, NYU, Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum, Apollo Theatre, New York Live Arts and more.
Makayla Posley is a poet and journalist based in the tri-state area. She was a member of Urban Word NYC’s 2015 slam team for Brave New Voices and is co-facilitator of Urban Word’s writing workshop BreakBeat Reporting. She has performed/been featured at venues such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Apollo Theatre, New York Live Arts, Monmouth Arts Festival, New York University, The Waiting Room, and more. She also stars in a MotionPoems short film based on her spoken word piece about experiencing the school-to-prison-pipeline forthcoming in the fall of 2016. You can find Makayla’s articles published in places like ForHarriet, Blavity, and Above Average Hip-Hop, where she is a contributor.
José Olivarez, a curator at large, is the son of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Calumet City, IL, he lives in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Poet-Linc Manager for Lincoln Center Education. His work has also been featured on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie basketball blog, Chicago Public Radio, and on Mass Poetry’s PoeTry on the T program. His first book, Home Court, is available at http://homecourtpoems.tumblr.com/purchase
Sofía Snow is an artist, educator, and community organizer who has the ability to see where there is lacking, and to create. In 2006, Sofía was titled the Spoken Word Artist of the Year by the Massachusetts Industry Committee Hip Hop Awards. Sofia began teaching writing workshops to her peers at just 16 years old. Sofía has taken her passions (youth work, arts, and social justice) across the US, UK and Caribbean. In 2013, the City of Boston officially resolved February 28th as Sofía Snow Day; Snow was acknowledged as Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s Fun Fearless Female for April 2013. She is currently the Associate Program Director of Urban Word NYC.