Alyesha Wise is a published Poet, Teaching Artist, Creator and TEDx Speaker who has taken her craft from her hometown of Camden, NJ to London. She wrote her first poem at the age of 11 and has not stopped creating since. In addition to being an artist, she is an advocate of human rights, strongly believing that a focus on proper knowledge, love and self-awareness is the healing force to all that exists.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alyesha is the Co-founder of The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam, voted "Best of Philly" for Literary Activity in 2012, by Philadelphia Magazine and awarded the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2013. She is the Founder of, Love, Us an annual production, turned movement, that was created to promote universal & self love through the arts. Founded in 2010, the organization featured over 50 performance artists, including Queen GodIs, Sunni Patterson, George Yamazawa, T. Miller, Tank and the Bangas, Pages Matam, Chill Moody, Mahogany Browne and more. Ms. Wise ran the organization for five years, in Philadelphia, until she moved to Los Angeles in late 2013.
Some of her past hosting duties included co-host of "Jus Words," Philadelphia's longest running open mic and co-presenter of Philadelphia's late-night poetry and soul series, Speak Easy. She has also hosted various special events across the country.
Most recently, Alyesha is the Founder of Black Women Necessary, a monthly brunch and safe space for Black women.
Ms. Wise was the 2014 Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Grand Slam Champion and a member of the 2014 & 2015 Hollywood Slam Team. She is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, a 2-time Philadelphia Grand Slam Champion and a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Team Champion. Ms. Wise co-coaches the Get Lit Youth Slam Team that competed at the 2014 & 2015 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. In 2014, the team made it to finals stage, where they were ranked third in the world.
In 2012, Alyesha was interviewed by Director and Film Producer, Ron Howard. That same year, she was awarded the "Queens Inspire Kings Award" by Kings Rule Together in Philadelphia for her inspiration towards the youth and others via her voice and community development. In 2014, Alyesha was selected to be part of a small group of artists featured in the Google Interstellar Project, specifically a "Time Capsule" documentary presented by Google Play and Christopher Nolan, in conjunction with the hit movie, Interstellar. Just last year, Alyesha was a featured speaker for TEDxPasadenaWomen. Also, in 2015, she was filmed by WHYY, and later featured on the television show, Articulate, an arts magazine show exploring art and creativity in our everyday lives. She has also been featured in popular online magazines such as For Harriet, Blavity and Afropunk. Poet & Co-Founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, once wrote to Alyesha, "In all, you are awesome."
Alyesha spends most of her time as a Teaching Artist and Mentor. She currently works as a F.L.O.W. Instructor for New Earth, mentoring and teaching poetry in the youth detention centers of Los Angeles County and at the New Earth Arts & Leadership Center in Culver City, Ca. In addition, she regularly visits classrooms and other youth facilities to teach workshops or perform.
- Feminist Magazine KPFK 90.7FM
- Articulate on WHYY (5/16)
- Afropunk.com (3/16)
- Get Lit-Words Ignite 2015-16 Curriculum
- Get Lit-Words Ignite 2015-16 Anthology
- LA Radio | 100tpc.org
- TEDxPasadena Women
- For Harriet (6/15)
- PBS/ Articulate on WHYY
- For Harriet (3/15)
- Afropunk.com (2/15)
- Google Interstellar Project
- Mind TV
- Extraordinary Gifts
- 107.9 WRNB with Tiffany Bacon
- 100.3 The Beat with Star and Buc Wild
- Rhyme Street Magazine
- Apiary Magazine
- Philadelphia Gay News
- The Key - thekey.xpn.org