In my opinion, one of the most powerful things you can do for your writing career is travel. The perspective you gain when you see life, and community, and poetry thru another lens is so critical to the development and voice of a writer. I see a lot of commentary on what poetry is, or slam is, etc, that is based on a narrow set of experiences that person has lived in the nest of their own city, region, country.
Today’s spotlight, although young, has experienced poetry in several different places and talks about her experience. If you ever run into me I can talk at nausea about the differences and nuance between the UK, Australia, and US scenes. A lot of the things that I thought I new about the art form were challenged and impacted when I moved out of the US, and I know that my writing and viewpoint is better as a result.
Catherine Labiran is a 19 year old African-American-British Poet who uses her pen as a medium to speak for the silent. Born in Staten Island New York, raised in Harrow, London and now living in Atlanta, Georgia, Catherine is able to infuse her diverse cultural experiences into exhilarating bodies of work, enabling them to live lives of their own. She was selected as a winner of SLAMbassadors UK 2010, a winner of 30 Nigeria House, and was conferred the honour of writing the official Olympic Poem for London 2012 as one of London’s “12 Poets for 2012”.
Since she began her career in performance and authorship in late 2010, she has spanned continents with her transformative presentations. Catherine Labiran has performed at many auspicious venues including The House of Commons, The Roundhouse (where she is a resident artist), and The Royal Festival Hall. Her work has been celebrated in festivals such as Lounge on the Farm, Shoreditch Festival and Bestival. She was selected to be a Poet Laureate for Larmer Tree Festival and accompanied TJ Dema and Nobel Prize recipient, Wole Soyinka , during Poetry Parnassus. Catherine’s written work has been documented in various acclaimed anthologies internationally
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