The Spoken World Series creates an intimate environment where poetry meets movement and sound. Through dynamic performance and explosive content, this series engages audiences in an emotional dialogue that deconstructs complex issues. Guest Artistic Director Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Valley-based spoken word artist Tomas Stanton are your hosts, and for the second event of the season, hear the vital voice of Dahlak Brathwaite, as he blends hip-hop, theater and spoken word in an unforgettable evening. For the third event of the season, hear the vital voices of Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez and Alyesha Wise.
For more information visit the Mesa Arts Center website.
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
Dahlak Brathwaite is a musician, actor, poet, and educator. His accolades include winning the Brave New Voices international poetry slam, and performing on the Tavis Smiley Radio show, in Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam, and in the critically-acclaimed playsScourge and Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Through the organization iLL-Literacy, Dahlak showcases his seamless blend of hip-hop, theater, and spoken word throughout the U.S. and overseas.
APRIL 15, 2016
Alyesha Wise is a published Poet, Teaching Artist, Creator and TEDx Speaker. She wrote her first poem at the age of 11 and has not stopped creating since. In addition to being an artist, she is an advocate of human rights, strongly believing that a focus on proper knowledge, love and self-awareness is the healing force to all that exists.
APRIL 15, 2016
Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez is the Coach of the Get Lit Players and the Los Angeles Brave New Voices Slam team. He is a three-time Southern Fried Poetry slam champion. Matthew has taught and coached young poets internationally, creating writing and performance programs and bringing multiple youth poetry teams to the final stage of poetry slams.