In the month leading up to MLK Day, our blog will be exploring diverse expressions of art created by people of color. The blog will highlight artists, collaborators, performers, poets, filmmakers, and everything in between. We will be exploring creative outlets that express the various ways racial injustice exists today.

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Meet: Aaron Samuels

Samuels is a Pushcart-nominated poet who started writing and performing spoken word poetry at the age of 14. Over the last decade, his work has been widely published. He is also a sought-after performer who lends his talent and expertise as a coach and mentor to other young poets.

Samuels’ heritage – his mother is Jewish-American and his father is African-American – factors prominently in his work, particularly in his 2013 book, Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps. Watch him recite one of the poems from the book, “Covered in Grass,” in the video (Warning: you might start applauding your computer screen). And find out more at his website.