03 July 2020
Poetry and Conversation, in Isolation
Y.A is a Nuyorican International Slam Champion, Performance Poet and Spoken Word Artist from South London. She’s considered one of London’s most sought after lyricist’s on the Spoken Word scene. Writer, artist, playwright, song-writer, mental health advocate and activist. Y.A is also the founder of the Young Wordsmith Project, providing writing workshops and performance events for young people in South London.
Y.A is a part of the extremely talented FLO Poet creative collective as well as a mentor for Bridge the Gap’s RTB collective raising awareness about PTSD in BAME cultures.
Co-founder of the Words of Womyn collective. Host of THE WORD on soho radio as well as co-host on the Outspoken podcast. Y.A is also a host and resident poet at the Chocolate Poetry Club. Y.A has performed internationally in Barcelona, Amsterdam, NY and Philly to name a few. She also performed for the “Stop Trump Coalition” and “Million Women’s Rise” march. Y.A has even won a Poets Vs MC’s battle at the Tower of London.
As an artist, Y.A challenges some of the most common misconceptions and stereotypes of South Asian women. Through her work she advocates on the issues of mental health, youth participation and women’s rights. She strives to empower through the art of writing and encourages self-expression through the use of words.