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Women of the World Poetry Slam Awards

Imani Cezanne, Lauren Williams, Mahogany Browne
Date and Time: 
May 24, 2016 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Event Location: 
Kray Hall
Admission: 
Free and Open to the Public

Poets Mahogany L Browne and Lauren Williams--organizers of the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) will be sharing poems alongside Imani Cezanne, co-winner of 2016 WOWPS. Presented in partnership with Belladonna*.

Mahogany L. Browne is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada's The Word and UK's MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint, and The Feminist Wire. She is the author of several poetry collections including: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books), and part of the groundbreaking anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). A 2013 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, she is an Urban Word NYC Poet-in-Residence (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices), founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room (housed on Pratt Institute) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Browne, NAACP Image Award Nominee, publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator just got her MFA in Writing & Activism from Pratt Institute.

Imani Cezanne is a nationally renown writer, poet, performer and Teaching Artist. Her work has been featured on esteemed websites such as The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Button Poetry and For Harriet. Imani is originally from California, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. She is the currently the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-Champion.

Lauren Ash Williams is a Brooklyn-born poet and lover of people. She was Host Committee Chair for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam, which took place in Brooklyn. She was also a member of the 2013 louderARTS National Poetry Slam team and co-founder of The Heroes (a Seattle-based arts production company). Lauren has performed in poetry-dance collaborations at The Alvin Ailey School, the Moore Theatre and The Men in Dance festival in Seattle. She has has also led writing and performance workshops in Seattle, New York and Washington, DC. In the daylight hours, she does strategy and communications work with start-ups and non-profits.

Event Sponsored By: 
Poets House in partnership with Belladonna*
Event Type: 
Readings and Conversations
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