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Poetry & Spoken Word:

Aija  Mayrock
Aija Mayrock

Bestselling Author, Poet & Advocate

Aija Mayrock is a bestselling author, poet, and advocate. Forbes Magazine wrote about Aija Mayrock, “With hundreds of thousands of social media followers, Aija Mayrock uses writing and performing to connect, educate, and advocate...”

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José  Olivarez
José Olivarez

Award-Winning Poet & Spoken Word Artist

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize.

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Kevin  Powell
Kevin Powell

Civil & Human Rights Activist and Author of 14 Books

Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin has gone on to author 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom in America.

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Alice  Walker
Alice Walker

Author, The Color Purple

A gifted, prolific novelist and a leading voice among African-American women writers, Walker authored the Pulitizer Prize winning book, The Color Purple.

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Theo  Wilson
Theo Wilson

Public Intellectual, Author & CNN Commentator

Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the 2011 National Poetry Slam. Wilson is the executive director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. The organization uses the barbershop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing.

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