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Alyesha Wise is an International Poet and Teaching Artist who has performed on stages from Philadelphia to LA to London. Born in the city of Camden, N.J., she began writing at the age of 11 and eventually developed a passion for poetry. In addition to being an artist, Alyesha is an advocate of all human rights, holding a strong belief that a world focused on teaching proper knowledge, love, self-love & self-awareness is the healing force to all that exists.

Hosting, Creating

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alyesha is the co-founder and remains the 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. 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 until handing it over in 2015, just over one year after moving to Los Angeles. 

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." Alyesha has also hosted various special events across the country.

Slam, Highlights

Ms. Wise is currently the Grand Slam Champion of Los Angeles and a member of the 2014 Hollywood Slam Team. In addition, 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-coached the Get Lit Youth Slam Team that competed at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. The team made it to finals stage, and is now the 3rd ranked youth slam team in the world.

Most recently, in 2015, Alyesha was filmed by WHYY, based in Philadelphia, to be featured on the new show, Articulate, an arts magazine show exploring art and creativity in our everyday lives. 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. The full project will be released in 2015. In 2012, 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. She considers some of her most memorable moments to be every opportunity to work with the youth, the Google project, a 2012 interview with Director and Film Producer, Ron Howard and being told by Poet & Co-Founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, "In all, you are awesome."

Teaching Artist

Alyesha spends most of her time as a Teaching Artist and Mentor. She regularly visits classrooms, detention centers and other youth facilities to teach workshops or perform...

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