MASS L.E.A.P. I’m super excited to have co-founded a new collective alongside amazing poet/teaching artists Anna West, Regie Gibson, Jade Sylvan, Amanda Torres and Ayano Strickland. Mass LEAP stands for Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance. We’re a collective of poets, teaching artists and educators who are working to increase spoken word opportunities for youth poets and teaching artists who wish to bring performance poetry into the class room. Primarily based in Greater Boston Area, we’re looking to expand throughout the state, set up continuing event series, slams, workshops, teacher training, curriculum development, all culminating in an annual youth poetry festival to kick off in 2012. Taking inspiration from the Louder than a Bomb Series in Chicago and the organizing principles of Harvard Professor Marshal Ganz, Mass LEAP has a model and framework to collectively increase awareness for youth spoken word throughout the Bay State! Check us out at or at


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