Writers in the Schools and Meta-Four Houston are excited to announce that world-renowned slam poet Chinaka Hodge will work with young poets to help us kick off our annual Space City Slam series. The series, which starts February 3rd, will begin with a free workshop led by Chinaka on February 3rd at 4 p.m., followed by our first preliminary competition at 6 p.m. Youth ages 13-19 are invited to attend, and teachers are also welcome to observe! Join us at the workshop and stay for the slam!
*Workshop space is limited. Click here to register for your spot.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter from Oakland. She received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School, and studied Writing for Film and Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. Chinaka has served as Educator, Program Director and Associate Artistic Director at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, she is a Senior Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and serves on the Advisory Board at Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Chinaka has published three books, including her recent book of poetry titled Dated Emcees. She is currently working as a writer for NBC Universal on an upcoming series.
In 2017 Chinaka was recognized with an Oakland Indie Award in the category of Oakland Soul, was one of Diablo Magazine’s 40 under 40, and KQED’s Women to Watch. Her 2016 book of poems, Dated Emcees, won Northern California Independent Booksellers Association’s Book of the Year, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award, and praised by Jeff Chang, Dave Eggers, and Daveed Diggs. Chinaka’s poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, SF Chronicle, Believer Magazine, LA Review, PBS, NPR, Teen People, CNN, CSpan, TED, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.