Write Your Block 2016

Write Your Block 2016 has recently featured poems representing North Philly, the Gayborhood, Kensington, Kingsessing, UC, Pennsport, Whitman and East Passyunk. Watch these incredible kids from around the city share their blocks at a Spells Writing Lab workshop- courtesy of The Philadelphia Citizen.

I’m from green trees with leaves from The Philadelphia Citizen on Vimeo.


Organize Your Own

A night of performance launched Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. The stellar lineup included Salem Cullo-Jullin, myself, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and Jennifer Kidwell & Thomas Graves.

You can read about my No Border No Cry project here.
You can listen to the piece here.

Watch the entire event here.

Write Your Block… The Next Episode

The next manifestation of Write Your Block is happening thanks to the great people at The Philadelphia Citizen, who are committed to solutions-based journalism. See what's happened so far and where it's headed here.

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's Oil and Candle

You can pre-order Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's amazing new book here at Timeless Infinite Light.

Here's my take on this exciting publication:

"Oil and Candle does the syncretic work of shining slant light on our endings/beginnings. This kind of tricksterism opens passage for communication beyond the limits of our oppressive orthodoxies- poetic and otherwise. Included in this book are cleansing spells to help clear our paths- “limpias of poets who have never been scared just of/ walking around in the world/ limpias of poets who trust the police/ limpias of poets who poison the apple/ limpias of poets who still trust irony”. This text is not simply about Ojeda-Sague at a crossroads. It is you, me… all of us who share in bodies that can be found there. Let’s look into each other’s faces with the light Gabriel provides, in all its queer ritual brilliance."

Documenting Histories, Interpreting Dreams

(w/ Sam Durso January 2014)

I recap my tenure as Philadelphia Poet Laureate during the past two years. You can find it here at The Philadelphia Citizen. 


MuralLab Live- Open Source

What a great night at FringeArts! I was asked to open the event with a performance lecture on PACE, Neighbor Ballads and Write Your Block. The night included presentations from Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective, the amazing Michelle Angela Ortiz, a dance performance choreographed from Kate Watson-Wallace, and a panel discussion with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Paul Farber and Jane Golden. Check out all of the projects from Open Source Philly here.

Ideas We Should Steal- The Philadelphia Citizen

I talked with Emma Eisenberg of The Philadelphia Citizen about how Detroit's Write A House model might be possible here.