Kelly Tsai

1/17/2012: Live Orange Broadcast Featuring New York City's Most Acclaimed Spoken Word Artists

Our Live Orange Broadcast Series is back to start 2012 off on a powerful note! On January 17th, 2012 at 7PM, we are airing our first Live Orange Broadcast of the year with an episode entitled "The Raw Power of Words: The Art of Spoken Word in the Classroom". To RSVP, and to find more details, please visit the RSVP page here.

In this spoken word edition of the Live Broadcast, we will be interviewing New York City's Youth Poet Laureate of 2012, Ishmael Islam, who will be joined by internationally renowned spoken word performance artist and HBO Def Poetry Jam Veteran Kelly Tsai. Both artists are highly involved with Urban Word NYC, an organization dedicated to elevating youth literacy and voice through the poetry and hip-hop movement. In this broadcast, our guest poets will share their perspectives on their literary art form, how they use it to engage their audiences and students in the classroom, and how spoken word gives one the ability to connect with words in ways other mediums can't.

Hosted by Literacy Expert and LitWorld Executive Director Pam Allyn
, this episode will give insight in how spoken word poetry can be used as a teaching tool to empower students.

Things to describe Ishmael 'Ish' Islam: Poet, MC, filmmaker, graphic artist, the coolest nerd, and Brooklyn bred. The nineteen year old multimedia artist is currently in his third year of college, and already has taken an array of steps to become a profound artist of his generation. He's one of the 2010 Brave New Voices slam champions (as seen on HBO) through the Urban Word NYC youth poetry movement. He's a 2011 Knicks Poetry Slam Third Place winner, produced an award winning short film Departure from a Love in 2009, and has a one man show entitled The Self Spell. Ish is also one half of Brooklyn hip-hop duo HumUni (hyoom-yoo-ni). Most recently, he has become the 2012 Youth Poet Laureate of New York City. However, Ish feels all the accolades won’t be as fulfilling as his ultimate goal. With creativity, humility, and a good heart, to contribute to the progression of social consciousness and culture not only for his native Brooklyn, but one day the world at large.

About Kelly Tsai: Spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai has been featured in over 450 performances worldwide at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and three seasons of the award-winning “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry.” The author of Inside Outside Outside Inside (2004), Thought Crimes (2005), No Sugar Please (2008), and the CD’s Infinity Breaks (2007) and Further She Wrote (2010), Tsai has shared stages with Mos Def, KRS-One, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, Harry Belafonte, and many more.  (


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