Endless gratitude goes to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe founder, Miguel Algarín, my earliest mentor Trish Hicks, my foundation at Urban Word NYC, Mahogany Browne, Jive Poetic, Jon Sands, and many more folks I can’t possibly squeeze into this post. As things get more litty, I’m humbled to know this is always a space to remain rooted. 💫
My first moments at the Nuyorican go back to when I was 15, poems and raps written all over the place, piecing them together to figure out who I am, what I’m about, who I can become, and what I can really be about.
Looking around the space while performing the other night, I felt the electricity of everything this place has given me over the years. I was groomed and grew here, from slams to features to witnessing great moments of other people I respect and admire.