Thursday, May 18 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Beat of the Poets with Martha Mooke, Rahzel, and Special Guests

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SPECIAL LITERATURE EVENT. The Residency kicks off with The Beat of the Poets hosted by Martha Mooke, with Rahzel, Spoken Word Artists Dr. Jamila LyiscottKarl “Dice Raw” JenkinsNancy Mercado and emerging artists from Urban Word, and other special guests. Drawing on the rhythm of the words, the evening features performances of contemporary and classic works, conversations, critiques, and a surprise ending!

Founded on the belief that teenagers can must speak for themselves, Urban World NYC™ (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban World NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, college prep, literature and hip-hop. UW provides free, safe and uncensored writing workshops to 15,000 teens per year in New York City alone. 

About the artists:

Karl " Dice Raw" Jenkins is a mainstay of the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Scene, and most commonly associated over the years as a principal songwriter/collaborator /producer for The Roots, and also as a part of the now-defunct group, Nouveau Riche, along with the Philadelphia Hip-Hop collaborative, The Money-Making Jam Boys. He continues to expand his touch on new music through his label, Raw Life Records .  

Jamila Lyiscott is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) of Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research, and advocacy program, apprenticing inner-city youth as critical researchers through hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy. She was featured on Ted.com where her video, "3 Ways to Speak English," was viewed over 3 million times. She has been featured on NPRHuffington PostUpworthyThe Root, and many other media outlets. Her poetry and scholarly work has been published in Teachers and Writers Collaborative Magazine and English Journal

Nancy Mercado is a writer, editor, activist and educator whose work has been extensively anthologized in award winning literary collections such as Looking Out Looking InPowwow, and ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. among many others. She is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org; a web site dedicated to addressing the issue of climate crises. She was profiled in Latino Leaders magazine, as “one of the most celebrated members of the Puerto Rican literary movement in the Big Apple” and has been inducted into The Museum of American Poetics. 

Ish is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. He has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in cities such as Los Angeles, California and Johannesburg, South Africa, and served as the 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate. He has also published a book of poetry entitled Meet at Greene. Ish is currently completing an and EP and a full-length album.

Alyssa "Lady Logic" Saunders is a 19 year old poet emcee from Brooklyn. She has performed at American Airlines Theater on Broadway, The Apollo, SVA Theater, Poetic Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafè, among several other venues across New York City.

Jadon Woodard is an actor and rapper based in Brooklyn. He performs on NYC subways with both groups and as a solo artist. in 2015, he won the Jack'n For Beats national championship and received $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled.


$25 | $15 (30 & Under with ID) • Leonard Nimoy Thalia

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Martha Mooke

Pioneering composer/electro-acoustic violist, Martha Mooke, enhances her classical training and expertise with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation. A leading Yamaha Artist/clinician, Mooke is founder/violist of the electro-acoustic Scorchio Quartet, featured... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025