A sonnet is basically a chorus, and Shakespeare was basically a rapper. But Shakespeare’s got NOTHING on a SZA and Isaiah Rashad collab. Well, at least that’s what our next Friday Night Salon guest author, poet—and Girls Write Now Fellow!—Sam Arriozola, thinks. Jump into Sam’s favorite Valentine’s Day playlist as we connect the history of Hip-Hop with ooey-gooey love poems in this Friday Night Salon.
As an added Valentine’s Day bonus, Tommy Valtin-Erwin, the Program Administrator of First Wave Hip-Hop and Urban Arts Scholarship Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be joining us to share information on how to apply for a FULL TUITION scholarship with your poems, your art, and your love (of Hip-Hop).
At Friday Night Salons, a special guest artist shares their personal and professional journey and guides us through a series of inspirational writing prompts.
Samantha Arriozola (she/her/hers) is a Chicana writer and youth worker from the Chicagoland-area. She has spent the past seven years working within nonprofit spaces and community centers in Madison, WI and NYC. Sam received her B.A. in English-Creative Writing as a proud member of the 8th Cohort of First Wave — a Hip-Hop and urban arts full-tuition scholarship program at UW-Madison, centering the pursuit of higher education with arts, academics, and activism. Sam is a poet with roots in the world of spoken word poetry and slam, a background which has carried over in coaching young spoken word artists to compete in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in 2017 and 2018. Most recently, Sam has been working with Writopia Lab as a private tutor, workshop instructor, and even went to camp for the first time since she was 10 this past summer. Sam’s poetry has been published in Pinwheel Journal (2018) and Cutthroat Journal: Contemporary Chicanx Writers Anthology (2020). Sam lives in Queens with her human and plant roommates, editing both her own and fellow writers’ work with chamomile tea. She is a current fellow at Girls Write Now.
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