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Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Spoken Word Poet, Dancer, and Playwright

Oakland, California

The work of spoken-word performer, educator, and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph displays a consistent commitment to research and the exploration of cultural crossings. Noted for working in the genre of “literary performance” and for combining hip-hop, choreography, live music, and poetry, Joseph has created pieces such as Word Becomes Flesh; Scourge, which explores the complex history of Haiti; and(Yet Another) Letter to a Young Poet. He has served as Phyllis C. Wattis Artist in Residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as a resident at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, and as a resident emerging choreographer at the Bates Dance Festival. Joseph has performed in numerous festivals, including Russell Simmons’s DEF Poetry Jam, the Hip Hop Theater Festival in Tokyo, Intersections in Amherst, the North Beach Jazz Festival, and the Seattle Poetry Festival. He is the artistic director of Youth Speaks, a nonprofit spoken-word education and presentation program for young artists in the Bay Area.

Donor -This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.12.2024