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Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of D.C., by way of Brooklyn, and is currently a senior at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in “Poetry as a Toolfor Therapy” and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Safia has performed at the KennedyCenter in DC and the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and has shared the stagewith Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, andSonia Sanchez. She is a founding member of Slam NYU, the 2012 national collegiatechampionship team, and a 3-time member and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Poetryteam. Safia was a finalist in 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and is currentlyworking on her second chapbook.
Jani Rose is poet, activist, curator and performer who was born in Spanish Harlem andraised in the Bronx. She began writing poetry at the age of 7. She is a product of SylviaPlath and Method Man, Poe & Julia De Burgos.As a Fellow & part of the leadership of the Acentos Writers' Workshops she takes to thethe stage and page to share her love of art & words, survival of the psyche, motherhood,life, love and the Nuyorican experience.
Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Arielle John has been involved in arts education andyouth advocacy for a number of years, mainly initiated by her work with Arts-in-Action.The Brooklyn-based legal studies graduate has participated in a number of initiatives that promote the empowerment and development of women through art. Some of theseventures include the facilitation of poetry workshops at the Trinidad female prison, beinga cast-member in Brooklyn College’s 2011 ‘Vagina Monologues’ presentation, being anassociate of the ‘Group for Women’ cancer treatment center in NYC, and researchingcommunity theater in South Africa in a production of the award-winning, youth-devised play ‘Fence’ with an all-female cast.
Maria Aponte is a poet, performance artist, and playwright. Born and raised in New York City’s EastHarlem (El Barrio), she has worked extensively in Latino Theatre and in video productions that deal withracial discrimination, and women’s rights in theatre and film. Maria’s one-woman show, “Lágrimas deMis Madres” is a biography about the women in her family. She also wrote and performed “I Will Not BeSilenced,” based on the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico’s first feminist poet and playwright. InApril 2010, Maria received the Vagina Warrior Award, a special recognition from the Eve Ensler Organization for “someone who has suffered or witnessed violence, grieved it, transformed it, and thendoes extraordinary work to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else in their community.”
TAHANI SALAH is a dynamic performer, poet, educator and activist from Brooklyn. She’sa member of the 2007 Nuyorican National Slam Team and a graduate of ColumbiaUniversity. She has a wide variety of work experience from the United Nations to non- profits like Urban Word NYC, Family International Support Team, and the AAFSC. Tahaniis the Youth Outreach Coordinator, an Urban Word NYC Board Member, and Slam TeamMember. She is working on her collection of poetry available this spring. Performed on anumber of world famous stages from the Apollo Theater to universities in South Africa andMunich. She has appeared on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. As a Muslim Palestinian-American woman, Tahani is committed to bringing light and solutions to problems faced by people from communities and experiences whose voices are silenced.