Date(s) - 10/05/2016
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world every week since 1999, and third in the nation at the 2015 National Poetry Slam!
Joshua Merchant is a writer, youth organizer, and native of East Oakland. Combining a masterful eye for detail, startling vulnerability, and unflinching courage, Joshua explores queer issues, black identity, and the complexities of their intersection. In 2011, he won the title of Youth Speaks champion and represented the Bay Area at Brave New Voices. Later that year, he became the Berkeley Slam’s youngest Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative. Josh is also a contributor for The Bigger Picture, a campaign designed to fight against type 2 diabetes amongst youth of color. He is also a contributor for Off/Page Project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and Center For Investigative Reporting that uses an investigative lens with literary arts to give light and discuss important issues locally and nationally. He represented for the Golden State Slam’s (GSS) first venue in 2012 and the New Shit Show in 2014 at the National Poetry Slam, and placed third in the nation on the 2015 Berkeley Slam team. His writing has brought him the honor and privilege to perform alongside artists and activists such as Chuck D, MC Lyte, Angela Davis, Michael Poland, and Saul Williams. He continues to perform and work with youth in his community.