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IN-Q is short for In Question

It wasn’t just one poem or performance that got me here.

I was raised in Santa Monica, California by a single mother who was a school teacher. My dad wasn’t around. At 13, I fell in love with Hip Hop and became obsessed with being a rapper.

When I was 19, I went to an open mic for poets called Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, and started performing my raps a cappella. Over time, that community became a family. For me and many others it was like church without religion.

Poetry is the art of emotion and connection. It is the voice inside us all.

Reimagining Poetry

Spoken word poetry has never been more relevant and important in American culture. With everything that’s going on socially and politically, it can be a platform for people across the world to express themselves and share their stories.

I PRACTICE
YOGA AND MEDITATION

It’s my daily reminder of gratitude and presence.

TRAVELING HAS
HELPED ME GROW

Poetry has taken me to different countries and cultures around the world and I’ve incorporated those experiences back into my art.

I’M A
SONGWRITER

I’ve had the opportunity to write with some incredible artists including Aloe Blacc, Mike Posner, Foster the People, ZHU, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus.

FIRST POET TO PERFORM
AT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

I was featured in two original Cirque Du Soleil shows to help raise money for the charity, One Drop. It was an amazing experience getting the chance to collaborate with some of the most creative artists in the world.

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My poems are like prayers to the universe.

I don’t have all the answers, but I hope that my questions can help inspire you to find the poet in yourself. Telling your story can change the world.

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