Join hosts Mahogany L. Browne and Jive Poetic for the Brooklyn Poetry Slam, back in the virtual space and coming to your computer screen via Zoom!The Brooklyn Poetry Slam is excited to announce the return of its monthly programming this Fall. Mark your calendars now, and join special guests and featured poets from all over the world, as Mahogany L. Browne hosts and cultivates an incredible evening of poetry and community, supported by beats from Jive Poetic.Featured poet: Dr. Yolanda Sealey-RuizDon’t miss a chance to speak out and be heard! Sign ups for the Slam and for the Open Mic happen the night of the event in the Zoom room, so don’t be late!
About the artists
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. She is the Executive Director of the Bowery Poetry Club, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, and Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. She has over two decades of experience curating and facilitating literary programming across the United States. She is the author of multiple books including Chlorine Sky (Crown/Penguin Random House), Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), Woke Baby (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), Black Girl Magic (Roaring BrookMacmillan) and Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books), and the recipient of fellowships from Agnes Gund, the Ford Foundation, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg Residency. She is currently at work completing her first book of essays on the impact of mass incarceration on women and children.
Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased on season four of TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS NewsHour, and BET. International recognition and support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda. He has received fellowships from Air Serenbe and Rhode Island Writers Colony, and when he is not on tour or hosting, he teaches poetry and hip hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area.
Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright”, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Her co-authored book [with Dr. Detra Price-Dennis] Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Toward Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces will be published in April 2021. She is the author of poetry collections Love from the Vortex & Other Poems, and The Peace Chronicles.