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WICKED LOUD FESTIVAL CREW - 2020

Mass LEAP is indebted to the following super heroes who are sharing their incredible energy, passion and ideas to ensure that our new festival is going to be an unforgettable experience for the young people participating. Get to know them! 

GLADYS HIDALGO (She / Her / Hers)

Festival Director

Home: Lynn, MA 

Favorite Book: The one that hasn't been written yet (yea, I know I'm clearly a poet)

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? I believe in community, we can always push ourselves to grow and be free-er in our interactions. Poetry is a perfect vehicle for that interaction and young people are the best at poetry and getting free. But adults aren't always great at letting young people do those things so Wicked Loud is an intentional space to allow for that and to hold adults accountable to the creation of that space. 

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EMMANUEL OPPONG-YEBOAH (He/They)  

Festival Judge Coordinator 

Home: Boston, MA

Favorite Book: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

What brought you to Wicked Loud: I love poetry and I love working with young people. Wicked Loud is a space where we radically imagine what our selves, our people, and our communities could be. There’s no place I’d rather be. 

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HAILEY TRAN (They / She)

Festival Tournament Director

Home: Lowell, MA

Favorite Book: All About Love - Bell Hooks

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? I believe in the power of storytelling, poetry, and young people to create love, revolution, and hope in a communal space. Poetry is restorative, affirming, and a universal force that every young person should take part in.

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CARLIE FEBO (She/her/hers)

Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Culture Keeper, Wellness, Special Events, Aesthetic 

Home: Cambridge, MA 

Favorite Book: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? I am dedicated to helping create environments that give young people space to see themselves, hear themselves, and love themselves. I am dedicated to the power art holds. I am dedicated to the power of creative youth development. I am here for everything that mass LEAP is and does for young people in Massachusetts. 

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MARTY WILLIS JR (He/Him/His)

Volunteer Co-Coordinator

Home: Dorchester, MA 

Favorite Book: Oh the places you'll go by dr. seuss  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? I love poetry & the way words can make you feel. 

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LEGACY ALYCE THORNTON (She / They)

Social Media Rep / Indie Liaison

Home: Dorchester, MA 

Favorite Book: We’re Gonna Need More Wine - Gabrielle U.  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? LTAB has cemented my love for poetry, so with the Wicked Loud Festival in its place, I want to make sure it does the same for others, and more!

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DUBEM OKAFOR (He / Him / His)

Social Media Rep / Indie Liaison

Home: Randolph, MA 

Favorite Book: Kindred by Octavia Butler  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? Giving kids a chance to find themselves and engage in safe spaces are some of the most important things to do when helping someone grow.

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ANTHONY FEBO (He / Him / His)

Coaches Liaison

Home: Cambridge, MA 

Favorite Book: The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? Poetry changed my life, so I want to create spaces for that to happen for others.

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PORSHA OLAYIWOLA (She / Her / Hers)

Helper Bee

Home: Roxbury, MA 

Favorite Book: Parable of the Sower  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? I love poetry. I love young people. There is no place in this galaxy I’d rather be.

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KOFI DADZIE (He / Him / His)

Special Events

Home: Westboro, MA 

Favorite Book: They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib.  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? I'm not the same Kofi if I didn't do LTAB. So I wanna contribute to this new space for the next generation of youth poets. 

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ALEX CHARALAMBIDES (He / Him / His)

Helper Bee

Home: Worcester, MA 

Favorite Book: "I am B" by Daniel Quinn  

What Brought you to Wicked Loud? Pretty much what everybody else said times three!

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