Poetry Behind the Walls
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Lizea Harper is a performing artist, activist, and mother to her four-year-old daughter Isabella, currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Minnesota. Her interest in food justice recently brought her the opportunity to travel to Nepal where she helped educate underprivileged students on healthy dietary choices. Locally, Lizea takes an active role in community organizing centered around issues of global inequality and injustices. She has an interest in using the arts and music as a viable platform for informing members of her community about ways they can create progressive change, as well. Lizea currently has two musical projects in the works and has performed at various venues across the Twin Cities with a style influenced heavily by spoken word, jazz, and hip hop. She is currently the associate managing editor on a national literary project focused on publishing the poetry and writing of incarcerated youth. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Joe Davis is a poet, teaching artist, and community organizer based in the Twin Cities. As a spoken word artist he has performed across the country including national music festivals and a TEDx talk. As a teacher and community organizer he has lead writing workshops, hosted open mics, and facilitated intercultural dialogues. One of six recepeints of the 2015 Intermedia Verve Spoken Word Artist Grant, he is currently developing a multimedia project exploring artist activism through a documentary, full length CD, and book of original poetry and essays. A lover of chocolate, good books, and cartoons, his work (and play) always serves as a wholehearted invitation into joyful revolution.
Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of sociology, criminology, peace and conflict studies, and gender and women’s studies at Fort Lewis College, Editor of the Peace Studies Journal, National Co-Coordinator of Save the Kids, Director of Academy for Peace Education, and Director of Outdoor Empowerment. Nocella is grounded in the fields of peace, and conflict studies, justice studies, and education. Nocella has more than seven years experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in higher education. Dr. Nocella has published more than fifty scholarly articles or book chapters and over twenty books; his most recent books include “From Education to Incarceration: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline” (Peter Lang Publishing 2014), “Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice” (New Society Press 2014), and “The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement” (Rodopi 2013).