Rebellious, whip-smart and outspoken Hollis Wong-Wear is a rising star in the Northwest spoken-word poetry scene. She graduated from Seattle University with a degree in History and a minor in Global African Studies. When shes not performing her work at poetry slams and open mics all over town, she can be found working as a mentor at the literary arts organization Youth Speaks Seattle. The subject of Hollis poetry ranges from her love/hate relationship with Tyra Banks to a remarkably honest look into her own biracial ancestry. In many ways, Hollis is the new (and improved) All-American girl. She doesnt take anything at face value and isnt afraid to point out the many ways in which our mainstream media is failing us. But the written word is only part of the spoken word equation. The deep impact of Hollis work is due, in large part, to her emotionally honest delivery and her ability to connect with her audience. I hope that many of you taking the time to watch this story will then go and seek out a poetry reading or a local poetry slam. We did our best to capture the experience of Hollis spoken word poetry, but the truth is its meant to be seen, heard and felt live and in person. So off you go. To find out about upcoming spoken word events please visit Youth Speaks Seattle at: seattleyouthspeaks.org. You can also check out Hollis hip-hop project, Canary Sing, at MySpace.

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