Alyesha Wise-Hernandez

Alyesha Wise-Hernandez



Alyesha Wise is an award-winning, published poet, educator & speaker from Camden, N.J. Currently residing in LA, she is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement and the Director of Program Development for Street Poets, Inc., an organization mostly serving juvenile injustice-involved youth with mentorship and arts programming. Alyesha has been featured on platforms and in publications such as OWN TV, BET, LA Times, Bustle, Afropunk, PBS, Buzzfeed and more. Other collabs include the ACLU, The Shabazz Center, The Nantucket Project, Brave New Films and the Google Interstellar Project. Ron Howard once wrote about Alyesha's work, "Very Powerful."


  • Feminism/women's rights
  • Community/unity
  • Youth empowerment: poems of various topics, often written from my perspective as an educator/community leader
  • Self love/self-empowerment/encouragement
  • Black Lives/racial justice
  • Environment/food justice: poems about the planet, connection to nature and/or the right to equal access to food and sustenance
  • Gentrification
  • Love/breakup/romance
  • LGBTQ rights: I've identified as a queer person most of my life. This was once one of my biggest topics that I don't speak on as much these days in an effort not to take up too much space (I'm in a straight-seeming marriage and not taking up space is important to me). Therefore, I take these gigs sparingly and when they absolutely make sense in the moment.
  • Other various topics

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