Alyesha Wise is an International Poet and Teaching Artist born in the city of Camden, N.J. She began writing at the age of 11 and eventually developed a passion for poetry. The founder of "Love, Us," Ms. Wise is on a mission 2 spark a LOVE REVOLUTION, holding a strong belief that unity and compassion is the healing force to all that exists.
EVENT HOST and CREATOR
Alyesha is the co-host of the longest running weekly open mic in Philadelphia, "Jus' Words." She is a co-presenter of Philadelphia's late-night poetry and soul series, "Speak Easy." In addition, she is the co-founder & co-host 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. Her organization, "Love, Us" is an annual production, turned movement, created to promote universal & self love through the arts. Founded in 2010, the organization has featured over 50 performance artists so far. Some of these artists include Queen GodIs, Def Jam Poet - Sunni Patterson, New Orleans own - Tank and the Bangas , International Poet - George Yamazawa, Child Singer and Dancer, Kimani Jackson, and Hip Hop Arist - Chill Moody - seen on MTV & more.
SLAM CHAMPION and AWARD-WINNING ARTIST
Ms. Wise is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 5th in the world in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, she performed for award-winning American composer, Andrea Clearfield. In 2012, Alyesha was awarded the first ever "Queens Inspire Kings" award, presented by Kings Rule Together, for her community involvement and youth development. In 2013, she joined Team 215th (two one fifth) to represent Philadelphia at the 21st Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam in New Orleans. Her team tied 1st place with Team Treat Yo' Self, based out of Washington, D.C. Some of Ms. Wise's additional highlights include opening for Universal Recording Artists, The Flobots - opening for Wise Intelligent of The Legendary Poor Righteous Teachers - performing alongside remarkable wordsmiths, including Sunni Patterson, Ursula Rucker and Toni Blackman - doing youth work for hip hop legend, Bahamadia - co-hosting with Umar Bin Hassan, of The Last Poets - being interviewed by Director and Film Producer, Ron Howard - and being told by Poet & Co-Founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, "In all, you are awesome."
Ms. Wise's life is dedicated to the progression of the youth, urban communities and all people. She regularly visits and conducts workshops at youth centers, youth programs & educational facilities throughout the nation (and as far as Leeds, England) including students of diverse demographics and age groups. Alyesha has been a poetry teacher for KIPP Charter School & William Dick Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pa and Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Camden, NJ. *To learn more about Ms. Wise as a Teaching Artist, click here
When she decided to make "Love, Us" a community arts organization, she did so with the belief that art has the power to build community and spread love & awareness throughout all people. Alyesha is currently expanding her organization, in hopes of it becoming worldwide. In addition, she is a youth mentor, speaker and sponsor of various art programs in Philadelphia.