Artist: Joan Leslie
Genre: Spoken Word
Bio: I am a writer, spoken word artist, and community organizer from Harlem, NY. My work is inspired by The Second Renaissance Movement, Urban Word and Nuyorican Cafe poets. I am dedicated to putting a voice behind unity and community uplift through spoken word and grassroots community action. I was the 2008 Frederick Douglass Academy Slam Champion and the 2013 Cypher Slam Champion.
Piece: Dear Mother
Piece Description: This poem is dedicated to the mothers of children who have been victims of senseless violence.