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Short Bio

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 organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for 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 relatively 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."

Extended Bio

Hosting, Creating

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alyesha is the co-founder of S.L.A.M. (Spoken Literature Art Movement) - an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets - along with Matthew 'Cuban' Hernandez. 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. 

Slam, Highlights

Ms. Wise is currently the head coach of the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team, along with co-coach, Matthew Cuban. She was the 2014 Hollywood grand slam champion and a member of the 2014-2017 Hollywood Slam Teams. In 2017, she took over as coach. 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, along with Matthew Cuban, co-coached the Get Lit (Los Angeles) youth slam team that competed at the 2014-2017 Brave New Voices international youth poetry slams. In 2014, the team made it to finals stage, where they were ranked third in the world. From 2015-2017 the teams advanced to semi-finals. 

Most recently, Alyesha was filmed in the upcoming mini-series The Assembly, with Rosario Dawson - coming to Free Speech TV in 2018. Her most recent collaborations include performing recorded work for Codeblack Films and featuring and writing for Brave New Films. In 2015 Alyesha was a 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. 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 poetry 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. She has also been featured on popular online magazines & platforms such as Huffington PostFor Harriet, BlavityAfropunk, Button Poetry, Buzzfeed & Bustle. Poet & Co-Founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, once wrote to Alyesha, "In all, you are awesome."

Teaching Artist

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]

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