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Reading | Poetry of New York

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Rabih Ahmed

Rabih Ahmed is a Ghanaian-American Muslim poet and educator from the Bronx. She utilizes the rhythms and histories of the African diaspora to bridge lost narratives across the Atlantic. She was first recognized by the Department of Education, where she was commissioned to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela. She has performed her poetry throughout New York State, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Brazil. In 2017, Rabih created LOVE LIGHT & POETRY, with a mission of providing accessible workshops to marginalized communities left on the peripheries of the literary world. Rabih illuminates poetry as a modality of celebration, transformation, and healing.

Iris Crawford

Iris is a poet and social justice advocate. Hailing from New York City, she is a first-generation Guyanese- American. Her journey has allowed her to empower communities through health care advocacy, education and environmental justice. In 2018, Iris was selected as a semi-finalist Fulbright Scholar for an English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa. Currently, Iris is a journalist in training with the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education as well as working on a solo poetry piece to debut at the 2020 Afro Solo Arts Festival. She earned her BA in Political Philosophy and African American Studies from Syracuse University.

Njambi Morgan

Njambi Morgan is an international Spoken word artist, Art therapist and Educator based in Brooklyn, New york. She was born in London and was raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She has performed at the United Nations and the Nu-Yo Rican poets Cafe and has been featured in the New York times. When she is not writing, she is working with youth in New York city using poetry, theater, dance and Hip hop as therapy.

Marc Peters

Marc Peters serves as Brown University’s Assistant Director for Community Dialogue and Campus Engagement. He believes in practicing radical vulnerability and that sharing our stories with one another will draw us closer together. He recently returned to writing and credits Syracuse University's Verbal Blend program for helping him find his voice. His work has been featured by Generation Progress, Kevin Powell's BK Nation and The Shriver Report.

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