OSLAM x FABB x The Cat x Wilder Voice present Porsha O. featuring Annika Izora in a poetry workshop and performance.
- Poetry workshop with Annika: 4:30pm
- Joint poetry performance: 8pm
- Openers include Banu Newell, Nasirah Fair and Hanne Williams-Baron
⚡Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. black, poet, queer-dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanis. A native of Chicago, Olayiwola resides in Boston where she organizes, writes and teaches.
Olayiwolacofounded the House Slam, Boston’s first poetry slam venue and coaches its award-winning poetry slam team. This year, Porsha was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color.
She is the artistic director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists.
A Create Well grantee, Olayiwola is releasing a choreopoem and theatrical production entitled Black & Ugly as Ever in fall 2018. She is an MFA candidate at Emerson College.
Olayiwola writes infra-politically to tell the stories that are silenced, erased, or difficult to release from the tip of the tongue. Her goal is to maintain a cipher of self that is uncontrollable, undocumented and just plain ole dope.⚡
⚡ Annika Hansteen-Izora (she/her/hers) is a queer black poet, artist, and activist. She believes in the power of black joy, of protecting black girl rage, and uplifting the stories and magic of the women before her. You can find her work on Instagram at @annika.izora⚡️