Monday, Jan 29th! LULU HAWKES features! plus ” The Prompt & Circumstance” Challenge!

FEATURED POET: LULAMA MOYO (aka LULU HAWKES) is a Clark alumni. She gained a B.A. in International Development and Social Change in 2016, and in 2017 she graduated from the Accelerated Master’s Degree program where she studied Community Development and Planning. Using her academic career to explore her passion of education development, she focused on access advocacy, decolonizing the classroom and curriculum, and African Diasporic achievement. Her Master’s research focused on the multicultural children’s literature gap and it’s impact on achievement for young learners of African Diaspora. Lulama presented her research at the African Literature Association Conference. As a Zimbabwean immigrant, it is important for her to use her platform to dispel negative and inaccurate tropes about Africa and African cultures. As a nationally competitive slam poet, and visual artist, Lulama has also utilized art as a vehicle for education and social change. She has had works published in newspapers, and academic journals such as the Journal of Progressive Human Services. Lulama has facilitated writing and performance workshops for elementary, middle school, and high school students in different parts of New England, focusing on art as a means of social justice. She has also run art expression workshops in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Lulama formerly worked at the Worcester Youth Center where she built curriculum and ran three major programs, one of which was a a social justice oriented arts workshops for youth ages 14-18. This experience was a source of light that motivates her to continue working hard for young people. She currently works more behind the scenes in education advocacy as a Grants Coordinator and Teacher Support Specialist for ASSISTments which is an organization operating under Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She supports efforts to bring free tutoring technology to schools to increase student achievement. Lulama remains to be a diligent community organizer and activist dismantling the legacies of white supremacy. Her socially conscious writing style encompasses a longing for her home culture as well as a deep love letter to the diaspora.
BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “Prompt & Circumstance” Writing Challenge – we bring the weird objects, you bring the talent! We’ll randomly give you an object that serves as both your writing prompt and writing surface! Winner gets a drink on us! We’ll be back at ya with visual arts, snacks, music and one of the cookiest open mics in the business!


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