Hosted by Shuffle Collective To discover more events like this and plug into a community of peers, apply for a Shuffle Collective Membership
Ben Yisrael is a performance poet, storyteller, and writer. Yisrael grew up in a home where visual art, music, and poetry were encouraged. Some of his influences include Nas, Prince, Saul Williams, Lauryn Hill, TV On The Radio, Malcolm X, Lianne La Havas, The Talking Heads, Corrine Bailey Rae, and Allen Ginsberg.
Yisrael has participated in the slam poetry community since 2005. He has been a member of 9 National Poetry Slam (NPS) teams. He is a NPS team finalist and a 2-time NPS semi-finalist. Some of his performance accomplishments include being the 2010 Dallas Poetry Grind Slam Champion, the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam 17th ranked poet in the world, the 2014 NPS Haiku Champion, and the 2017 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion. He is the co-founder of Mic Check, one of the largest and longest-running performance poetry nonprofits in Texas. The aim of his art is to uplift, illuminate, and inspire.