Debut Album, Might As Well Dance, Out on April 12th! Click Below to Pre-Order!
I'm a mental health advocate and spoken word artist, and I'm on a mission to normalize the less than perfect with my new album Might As Well Dance (Timber Mouse Publishing, 2018) about healing from grief and heartbreak.
A few years ago my video “When God Happens,” went viral...ish. Since then I've performed and taught around the world at venues like Yale University and The Whitney Museum. My favorite show ever was for a sold-out crowd at High Spirits Café in Pune, India. That was also the last time I’ll ever sing for a crowd again, but that’s another story.
I have twice finished in the Top Ten at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and was awarded the Torchbearer’s Award there in 2016. I was named Best Male Poet at Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational 2011 and was a finalist at Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2012.
As an organizer and educator, I founded the nation’s largest collegiate poetry slam, WESlam, in 2011. It was named Program of the Year by Wesleyan University. I have taught workshops at Tang Teaching Museum, Columbia/Barnard University, University of Michigan and The Catskill Mountain Foundation. I've also had the privilege of working with poets at Wesleyan University, mentoring and guiding them to 1st place at Yale University’s Regional Slam and 6th Place at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
My work has been published in UpWorthy, Button Poetry, Chronogram and Insight.
Whether we're focusing on destigmatizing mental illness, writing technique, performance mechanics, or community building, my workshops are all about one thing: creating a world where more people feel safe and capable of sharing their stories. Each of my workshops can be catered to the specific needs of your community and I'll often create custom curricula for specific occasions.