Meet the rest of the spoken word line-up for the Black X White Cocktail Fundraiser 12.16.17 


Cali is an award-winning writer and editor who discovering her voice as a poet and performer at a very young age. Her first recited poem began: "You are the laces in my shoes, the ink in my pen, the cream filling in my Twinkie." Having evolved as a storyteller in the years since her kindergarten glory, Cali's current writing touches upon themes of womanhood, interpersonal relationships, social justice, and even the occasional reference to baked goods.

Cali also serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, working with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Also an accomplished producer and project manager with a passion for the intersection of the arts and human rights, she contributes to publications as a freelance entertainment writer, and uses her talents to manage projects and produce events or content for clients including director Ryan Coogler.


 Sherese is a southeast Queens NY-based poet, writer, blogger and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies including African Voices, Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler.

In August 2017, she published her first chapbook, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls. Her current projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired blog, Futuristically Ancient; and her southeast Queens based pop up bookshop/mobile library project, J. Expressions. For J. Expressions, she received a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts grant to do its Reading (W)Riting Remedy series and was a finalist for the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize.


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