WORD LIFE:An Evening of Performance and Conversation

Panel and Youth Performance: FREE to the Public

FRIDAY Sept 26, 7-9PM

Room 703, Silver Center at NYU (100 Washington Square East)

An Evening of Performance and Conversation

on Language, Identity & Power
Poets: Jamilla Lyiscott, Janine Simon, Zora Howard & Marne Bruckner

Respondents: David Kirkland Ph.D., Queen GodIs, Jen Weiss, Ph. D

Panelists: Alexis Marie Wint, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Christina Marín, Ph.D., Carlos REC McBride, & Tara Betts

This dynamic performance and panel series will start at the word. Three poems with three panels will interact and converge in a conversation that uses spoken word poetry to reclaim identities and challenge inequities around language, privilege and power. Using each poem as a starting point, panelists will address and illuminate issues around language privilege, youth voice, and social justice. Young poets from Urban Word NYC will provide the platform from which respondents and panelists will vision a new dialogue around the transformative power of spoken word poetry and the pedagogies that champion the voices of the next generation.


This panel discussion marks the opening night of the annual Preemptive Education teachers training that combines the scholarship of academia with top organizations that provide cutting edge practices in youth literary arts and social justice education. For more info and to register email: parker@urbanwordnyc.org

In peace & poetry,


Michael Cirelli
Executive Director, Urban Word NYC
p: 212.352.3495
f: 212.352.8371


"i send song, clapped on faithful hands, from lands where blood stains are turning to water colors in the fingers of five year olds ready to freestyle a whole new horizon."
                                                      –UW Mentor, Luke Nephew (from Liberia)

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