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WoodsTalk Live Presents: Art & Knowledge

NYC Teen Poet Laureate + Ambassadors

Contemporary spoken word performances trace their lineage back to the counter-cultural 1960’s Beat Generation’s “Happenings.” Celebrating today’s youth counterculture and artistry, New York City teens recognized for their writing and performing talent as well as social engagement will visit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for a performance on-site at the Conservatory on Friday, April 7th at 6:30PM.

Performers will offer a writing prompt to the audience that works off the ideas generated from engagement in the special exhibit or museum. As an added expansion and in line with teen programming goals, the NYC Teens will host a workshop for 20 local teens off-site at PI Sessions: Studio in Liberty.

  • Nkosi Nkululeko is the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate. He has received fellowships from Callaloo and The Watering Hole as well as nominations for the Independent Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize. His work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, VINYL, No Token, decomP, and other publications. 
  • Ta’Shea Parham is a poet from Elisabeth Irwin High School; A Bronx representative, Ta’Shea advocates for women who are victims of domestic violence.
  • Keanna Hunter is a poet from Brooklyn. An alumni of Urban Word NYC’s Youth Board and Lincoln Center’s Poet-Linc Program, Keanna is passionate about empowering young women.
  • Ianna Hayes is from Brooklyn. A Poet from the Academy for Young Writers, Ianna is a 2016 NYC Teen Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist, and a member of the Gay Straight Alliance, Black Lives Matter, and the Student Council.
  • Khalin Vasquez is a member of the 2016 Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam Team. A freshman at Hunter College, Khalin staged her play at Hi-ARTS as part of the 2016 Journal To Journey Program. She is from Brooklyn.

WoodsTalk: Live invites dynamic and engaging speakers to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to lead explorations into the power and possibilities of arts and humanities, inspiring us to think critically and provoking us to become active members of our communities.  These events are live conversations, demonstrations, workshops, and roundtables where music, the ‘60s, and the value of arts and humanities will awaken the lessons of the past into their relevance today.


  • Apr 7 , 2017
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
  • 6:00PM Doors
    6:30PM Start
  • $10 Per Person, $5 Students
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