Poetry Slam: Ashia Ajani, Hadas Goshen, Collin Edmonds, Reggie Edmonds, Jordan Wilson-Dalzell & Abe Becker 7pm Free
Come see local and visiting poets, who have come together to present their work. You'll be hearing Ashia Ajani, Hadas Goshen, Collin Edmonds, Reggie Edmonds, Jordan Wilson-Dalzell, and Abe Becker.
Ashia Ajani- Ashia Ajani is a junior Environmental Studies major specializing in environmental justice and food rights at Yale University. She is a poet and activist who combines her love of natural spaces and women of color to inform her writing. She is the co-president of WORD: Spoken Word at Yale. She recently ended a two year term as head coordinator of the Yale Women's Center, where she worked alongside other badass femmes to diversify their constituency. She is a Minor Disturbance Denver Youth Poetry alumni and took 4th place alongside her team at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. She was awarded honorable mention in the National Young Arts Foundation’s poetry section in 2015. She has been published in Rigorous Magazine, Atlas&Alice Magazine and The Hopper Magazine. She released her first chapbook, We Bleed Like Mango, in October. She loves little dogs in people clothes.
Hadas Goshen- Hadas Goshen is the founder and host of the YouTube Monthly Open Mic and has competed on multiple national poetry slam teams, representing Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and UC Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam competition and placing third in the nation at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. A former journalist, Hadas has been published in CNN, the Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times, as well as local literary publications such as Quiet Lightning. She resides in San Francisco, California.
Collin Edmonds- Collin Edmonds, also known as “The Artist Formerly Known as Cornrow Collin, is an activist, singer, and poet hailing from Richmond,Ca. He is one fourth of the Rich Oak Alchemy Slam and Oakland Poetry Slam organizing crew. In his spare time he enjoys writing poetry (duh), critiquing societal norms, listening to loud hip hop music in affluent white neighborhoods, and shattering expectations of black men in America.
Reginald Edmonds- Reginald Edmonds is a poet, activist, and educator based out of Richmond, CA. Reggie was a member of the 2018 Berkeley Poetry Slam team and runs both the Rich Oak Alchemy Slam and the Oakland Poetry Slam and wide open mic. In their free time, they enjoy long walks through quiet graveyards, Hennessy with limes, and listening to trap music. They have two self published chapbooks, I’m Too Black For This Shxt (2017) and Sad Boi(2018). Their poetry is map of intersections that illustrates the complexity of the human experience. Through their work, they hope you will come to understand how much we all contribute to the degradation of humanity, as well as what we can all do to turn this back around.
Jordan Wilson-Dalzell- Jordan Dalzell (she/her/hers) is a 24-year-old poet living in Santa Cruz, California. Writer was the first name she called herself. Words are her compass. She teaches radical social justice to the little ones in her life--striving to infuse her teaching pedagogy with intersectional feminism and teaching through play. Her life centers around activism, supporting grassroots projects and one day creating a school focused on hands-on multi-lingual whole child community-based learning.
In her free time, she spends her time reading, looking up bodies of water, and taking blankets back from her dog, Lega.
Abe Becker - Abe Becker was recently published or has work forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, After Happy Hour Review, Cog Magazine, and other publications. He is a slam champion of UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Poetry Slam, and hosts Get Lit, a monthly new work series, for Nomadic Press in Fruitvale. He works as a caregiver for quadriplegic people, a pet sitter, and at the Curran Theater in San Francisco.