The author of Carnival (NOT A CULT Media), Alyesha Wise is a Poet, Teaching Artist & TEDx Speaker from Camden, N.J. Alyesha currently resides in Los Angeles, Ca and is the Co-Founder of S.L.A.M. (Spoken Literature Art Movement) - an extensive poetry education program for beginning and experienced poets. Alyesha was the Los Angeles (Get Lit) Youth Slam Team Co-coach from 2014-2017 and is currently the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team Head Coach - The team recently made it to final stage in the 2017 National Poetry Slam. A 2014 Hollywood Grand Slam Champion, she is also a 4-time member of the Hollywood Slam Team & a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist. Alyesha has been featured on different platforms and publications such as Huffington Post, Bustle, Afropunk, WHYY, POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed and more. Some recent highlights include - an upcoming appearance on The Assembly on Freespeech TV, an artistic collaboration with Codeblack Films and a feature in the Google Interstellar Project, in conjunction with the hit film Interstellar. Co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, wrote to Alyesha, "In all, you are awesome."
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alyesha is the Co-founder of S.L.A.M. (Spoken Literature Art Movement) - an extensive poetry education program for beginning and experienced poets. Established while in Philadelphia, she is also 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 & 2016 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 & 2016 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 2015 & 2016 her team advanced to finals. She currently coaches the Hollywood Slam Team (along with co-coach Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez) who recently made it to final stage at the 2017 National Poetry Slam.
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 on popular online magazines & platforms such as Huffington Post, For Harriet, Blavity, Afropunk, Button Poetry, Buzzfeed & Bustle. 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 visits classrooms, detention centers & other facilities mentoring, performing & teaching poetry. To book Alyesha for a workshop, email: [email protected].
- Carnival - NOT A CULT media
- Moments Magazine
- Suspect Press (Issue 15)
- Rising Up With Sonali
- Huffington Post
- In Justice Today
- Bustle (March 2017)
- Afropunk (Jan 2017)
- Codeblack Music
- Afropunk (Oct 2016)
- Bustle (Aug 2016)
- Huffington Post Women
- Feminist Magazine KPFK 90.7FM
- Articulate on WHYY (May 2016)
- Afropunk (March 2016)
- Get Lit-Words Ignite 2015-16 Curriculum
- Get Lit-Words Ignite 2015-16 Anthology
- LA Radio | 100tpc.org
- TEDxPasadena Women
- For Harriet (June 2015)
- PBS/ Articulate on WHYY
- For Harriet (March 2015)
- Afropunk (February 2015)
- 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