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Duana Fullwiley

Duana Fullwiley is a literary medical anthropologist and ethnographer of science who writes non-fiction anthropological works focused on the human actors within science that have written genetic science in terms of race, nation, territory, and ever-shifting constructs of citizenship. She also writes poetry as a medium to chronicle seemingly contradictory elements of modern life (from immigration policies to mental health fixes to biomedical therapies) that aim to cure ills but that also harbor death-dealing consequences. Her work is interdisciplinary, multi-lingual (English, French, Wolof) and spans and connects metropolises that aren’t often linked (Oakland, Paris, Dakar). She has also worked as a curator partnering with several museum exhibits on the theme of science politics with hopes to bring attention to the marginalized whose innovations go unnoticed, often because of gender, poverty, age and their global standing. She is also an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford.

Dwayne Morgan

Dwayne Morgan is a two-time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion. He began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. In 2019, he founded and co-produced the inaugural Toronto Spoken Soul Festival. Morgan is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Career Achievement in the Spoken Word. In 2016, Morgan was a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2012, Morgan performed at Super Bowl 46, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 2005, Morgan was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver, and in 2008 his contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.

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.

Daniel Eugene

Originally from Southern California and now residing in the Bay Area, Daniel Eugene is a hip hop artist who has a lot of fun through high energy performances.

Jasmine Hawkins

JASMINE "Mizz Jasz" HAWKINS is an educator, writer, content creator and community organizer who serves as president and founder of the non-profit Urgent 365 Inc., author of Urgent Conversations: Race, Reality, and Responsibility, and a contributing writer for Mogul Millennial. Jasmine holds a B.A. in Writing and Communications, a Masters in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Urayoán Noel

Urayoán Noel is a Puerto Rican poet, critic, performer, and translator, who is currently an associate professor of English and Spanish at New York University and also teaches at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (2015) and the forthcoming Transversal, both with the University of Arizona Press. Also forthcoming is 24/7. Obra poética escrita, 2000-2020 (Catafixia Editorial, Guatemala), a volume of his selected poetry, edited and introduced by José Miguel Curet. His critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014) received the LASA Latina/o Studies Book Award and was an honorable mention for the MLA Prize in US Latina/o and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies. His translations include No Budu Please by Wingston González (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry by Pablo de Rokha (Shearsman Books, 2018), which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. He has recently performed at the Berlin Poesiefestival and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his poetry is currently on display as part of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico’s permanent exhibit. Noel has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the Schomburg Center, Macondo, and CantoMundo, where he will be teaching in 2021. He lives in the Bronx and vlogs at wokitokiteki.com.

Ben Yisrael

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.

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