SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center presents An Afternoon of “Divine Masculinity” with Natalie Elaine. This intimate virtual poetry reading will include 5 illustrious poets.
Mike Sonksen aka Mike the PoeT was born in Long Beach. Poet, professor, journalist, historian, and tour guide, his latest book Letters to My City was published by Writ Large Press. His poetry’s been featured on Public Radio Stations KCRW, KPCC & KPFK & TV stations like KCET & Spectrum News. Sonksen taught high school for five years and now teaches at Woodbury University. Bike rides with his wife and kids and mentoring teen writers are his favorite activities.
Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet, emcee, speaker, and performance coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured as far as Abu Dhabi and nearly every major city in the United States and Europe, performing, teaching, and coaching poetry. A teaching artist for nearly ten years, Matthew has spent the last six years working in youth detention centers across Los Angeles County, currently serving as the Director of Camp Programming for Street Poets, Inc. In addition, he is a current Lead Teacher and Co-Founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement. Cuban has opened for artists such as Wu-Tang, performed for platforms such as BuzzFeed and NPR, and even appeared on the award-winning television show, Better Things. Matthew is also a three-time Southern Fried poetry slam champion and an award-winning poetry coach. Cuban’s favorite activity is making people feel great; sometimes he does this through hip hop and poetry.
Alejandro Perez Jr., a native is a multidisciplinary arts educator. He is a spoken word artist, DaVerse Lounge MC, published poet, Married father of six, Life coach and mentor. He is also a martial arts instructor, with a Contra-Mestre ranking in the discipline for 22 years.
As the founder of Poetic Reform Party, Marcus Omari leads a team of dedicated artists to organize, host, perform and instruct various literary events in Southern California. Among Omari’s most honored achievements is the facilitation of on-demand poetry workshops for Orange County half-way housing for women, providing after school poetry programming for Orange County group home & foster youth, and writing workshops for homeless transition adults in Los Angeles. A critically acclaimed purveyor of verse and six-time National Speech and Debate Award winner, Marcus Omari has been a featured poet on Lexus presents VERSES & FLOW on TV One, spit verse on MTV, authored several chapbooks (14th Street Local; South of Andromeda), publishing another (FARAJI , A. Ghane) and served as co-editor for the poetic manuscript Speak Child (A. Duncan). Omari is currently working on his third & final chapbook in his pre-manuscript series.
Hosted by: Natalie Elaine is a southern girl living in sunny California by way of Texas. She is devoted to making an impact through sharing her love of poetry, art, yoga, and meditation to the world. She is committed to living a life of raw truth and unapologetic discovery with her writing. She encourages everyone to tap into their gifts and not be afraid to use their words. She is currently working on a book of poetry and affirmations and plans to open a yoga studio by 2021 that incorporates a literary experience for all levels to enjoy.
One of her favorite quotes is by Alice Walker “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
This is a free event, please RSVP: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMocOGoqD4vGN0s5YUQ_jWeB4VnTYu95dQT