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Short Bio

The author of Carnival (NOT A CULT media), Alyesha Wise is a poet, teaching artist & TEDx speaker from Camden, N.J. Alyesha currently resides in Los Angeles, Ca and is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement- an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. Alyesha served as the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team head coach for the last two years, co-coaching both teams to final stage at The National Poetry Slam. In addition, she served as the Los Angeles (Get Lit) Youth Slam Team co-coach from 2014-2017. Ms. Wise is also a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist and has been featured on different platforms and publications such as Huffington Post, Bustle, Afropunk, PBS, POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed, Free Speech TV and more. She has collaborated with the ACLU of Southern California, Brave New Films and additional major platforms, having featured in the Google Interstellar Project, in conjunction with the hit film Interstellar. Ron Howard once wrote about Alyesha's work, "Very Powerful."

Extended Bio

Hosting, Creating

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Alyesha Wise-Hernandez is the co-founder of S.L.A.M. (Spoken Literature Art Movement) - an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. She also serves as a member of the Theater Committee at Art Share LA. Established while in Philadelphia, she is the co-founder of The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam, voted "Best of Philly" for literary activity in 2012, by Philadelphia Magazine and awarded the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2013. She is the founder of, Love, Us an annual production, turned movement, that was created to promote universal & self love through the arts. Founded in 2010, the organization featured over 50 performance artists, including G Yamazawa, Tank and the Bangas, Mahogany Browne and more. Ms. Wise ran the organization for five years, in Philadelphia, until she moved to Los Angeles in late 2013.

Some of her past hosting duties included co-host of The Philadelphia Pigeon, co-host of Jus Words, Philadelphia's longest running open mic and co-presenter of Philadelphia's late-night poetry and soul series, Speak Easy. She has also hosted various special events across the country.


Most recently, Alyesha collaborated with the ACLU of Southern California, writing and performing for their 2018 Bill of Rights Dinner and 95th Anniversary. In early 2018, she was filmed for the new series The Assembly, with Rosario Dawson. Some additional collaborations include performing recorded work for Codeblack Films and featuring and writing for Brave New Films. In 2015 Alyesha was a speaker for TEDxPasadenaWomen.  Also, in 2015, she was filmed by PBS/WHYY in Philadelphia, and later featured on the television show, Articulate, an arts magazine show exploring art and creativity in our everyday lives. In 2014, Alyesha was selected to be part of a small group of artists featured in the Google Interstellar Project, specifically a "Time Capsule" documentary presented by Google Play and Christopher Nolan, in conjunction with the hit movie, Interstellar. In 2012, Alyesha was interviewed by Director and Film Producer, Ron Howard. That same year, she was awarded the "Queens Inspire Kings Award" by Kings Rule Together in Philadelphia for her inspiration towards the youth and others via her poetry and community development. She has been featured on popular online magazines & platforms such as Huffington Post, For Harriet, Blavity, Afropunk, Button Poetry, Buzzfeed & Bustle.

For the last two years, Alyesha served as head coach of the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team, along with co-coach, Matthew Cuban. Together, they coached both teams to final stage at The National Poetry Slam. She was the 2014 Hollywood grand slam champion and a member of the 2014-2017 Hollywood slam teams. In 2017, she took over as coach. She is a 2-time Women of the World poetry slam finalist, a 2-time Philadelphia grand slam champion and a Southern Fried poetry slam team champion. Ms. Wise, along with Matthew Cuban, co-coached the Get Lit (Los Angeles) youth slam team that competed at the 2014-2017 Brave New Voices international youth poetry slams. In 2014, the team made it to finals stage, where they were ranked third in the world. From 2015-2017 the teams advanced to semi-finals.

Teaching Artist

Alyesha spends most of her time as a Teaching Artist and Mentor. She visits classrooms, detention centers & other facilities mentoring, performing & teaching poetry. To book Alyesha for a workshop, click here.

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