MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS
PORSHA OLAYIWOLA | Teaching Artist
Porsha is a poet, lover hip-hop, feminist, womanist friend, performance artist and Dean of Enrichment at Codman Academy. A native of Chicago, Porsha moved to Boston in 2010 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the National Coalition for the Homeless. During her year of service, she started the Massachusetts’ Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. Currently Porsha is nationally recognized Poetry Slam Artist and a MassLEAP spoken-word teaching artist, and she founded Codman's award-winning Slam Poetry team, including two Louder than a Bomb Championships. She recently competed in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam and took first place and won the National Poetry Slam in 2015 with a team from the House Slam at Haley House in Dudley Square. She is also a member of Boston’s HBGC Women’s Council, helping to address issues surrounding queer women of color in the Boston area. Porsha earned her B.A. in African American Studies & Gender & Women Studies from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
PRINCESS MOON | Teaching Artist
Princess Moon is a second generation Cambodian-American poet, teaching artist, and award-winning community organizer. Her work unearths conversations with ancestral spirits, exposes trauma left by the ghosts of violent men, and explores the hauntingly beautiful journey of finding one's self. She was the first woman SlamMaster to the Mill City Slam and formerly served as the Program Director of the non-profit youth organization FreeVerse! She has graced the final stages of the 2011 Brave New Voices as well as the 2012 and 2013 Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts. In 2014, she coached the winning team of the Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts competition and received the Charmaine Santiago Galdon award for her tireless community building. Her poetry is published in Young Angel Midnight: An Anthology of Emerging Artists and grumpy shower. You can find her most recent work in her book The Genocide's Love Baby Learns to Sing (Bootstrap Press).
EMMANUEL OPPONG-YEBOAH | Teaching Artist
Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah is a Ghanaian American poet living out the diaspora in Boston (Massachusetts). He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the reviews editor for Winter Tangerine and an associate editor for Pizza Pi Press. He currently serves as the Walltalk Teaching Artist for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His work has been published in The Hartford Courant, Bird's Thumb, & Narrative Northeast. Emmanuel deeply believes in Blackness as spectrum - Blackness as something transformative and subversive, even within a space of regulated nonbeing. He enjoys hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, and the long sigh at the end of a good book.
SAM RUSH | Teaching Artist
Sam Rush is from South Florida and began writing poems after developing progressive hearing loss and realizing how many words each word could be. Sam is a three-time competitor in the National Poetry Slam was a 2016 finalist as a member of The House Slam team. Their work has been featured work featured in in The Offing, Public Pool, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and on Button Poetry and SlamFind. Sam has spent the last decade working with youth across the U.S. and internationally.
JONATHAN MENDOZA | Teaching Artist
Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, spoken word artist, educator and musician.
He is a Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni and is currently a member of slam teams representing Berklee College of Music and The House Slam of the Haley House Bakery and Café in Roxbury. Jonathan was a ‘Best of the Rest’ finals stage showcase at the 2015 College Union Poetry Slam International and, as of this past August, is a National Poetry Slam Champion, making him a member of the first national team to ever officially represent Boston and thus the first Boston team to ever win the tournament. Jonathan is currently pursuing a self-designed bachelor’s degree, Arts for Social Advocacy, at Berklee College of Music, with the mission of fusing arts and education with social and political activism to support equitable change in marginalized communities. Please talk to him about social justice, art, Kendrick Lamar and yogurt, as those are all things he is very much into.
ANTHONY FEBO | Teaching Artist
Anthony Febo is a poet, actor, youth worker, lover and friend. He founded Mill City Slam, the adult slam poetry scene, and M.O.M.S. the Middlesex/UMass Lowell college slam poetry scene in 2010. Along side his fellow partners in rhyme, in 2009 he founded FreeVerse!, a youth organization dedicated to expand the presence of spoken word in the city of Lowell. Febo has worked as a full time teaching artist at Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) in Boston’s South End. Currently he works with MassLEAP as poet in residence at Community Academy of Science & Health in Dorchester, as well as working for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston as a teaching artist & mentor. He is a lover of theatre and art, a strong believer that poetry is something we live, and a pretty good dancer.