Spoken Word Competition 2021

by THE ARTISTS FORUM

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THE ARTISTS FORUM is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION, featuring works that best highlight our 2021 Competition Theme – (The) Politics of Emotion.

2021 SPOKEN WORD WINNERS
BEST ENHANCED PERFORMANCE: Listen Asshole (Yellow Rage, US)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE: Idealists (David Dephy, Georgia/US)
BEST RAW TAKE PERFORMANCE: A Trick of the Light (Allyson Kealani Pang, US)
SPOKEN WORD GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Broken Promises (Bee Guzman-Elliott, US)

And, let’s not forget our amazing finalists! (See their videos below.)

2021 SPOKEN WORD FINALISTS (in no particular order):
David Dephy – Idealists (US)
Yellow Rage – Listen Asshole (US)
Brittney Traudt – The R Word (US)
Avery R. Young – Emmet (til de remix) (US)
Shelby Montevirgen – Fast Lane Matrix (US)
Bevin Macutay – Exist (US)
Bee Guzman-Elliot – Broken Promises (US)

Our Student Category includes:
Rachana Raghavendra – Suicidal (India)
Allyson Kealani Pang – A Trick of the Light (US)

Congratulations to all our Winners and Finalists!
A huge thank you to our 2021 Spoken Word Jury Panelists:
Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Kate Rigg, Amos White V, and Baron Wright.

Winners where announced at our Juried Arts Awards Ceremony on December 28th, virtually from New York City. Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, was rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Our list of competition winners is forthcoming.

All selected finalists are eligible for a television studio or Zoom interview to be promoted on our online platforms and via THE ARTISTS FORUM: AFTV – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.


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2021 SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION FINALISTS

SPOKEN WORD: Enhanced Performance

EMMETT (TIL DE REMIX) – 6:09 min (2019)
Writer/Performer: Avery R. Young (US)
Writer/Director: Masahiro Sugano (Japan)
Producer: Anida Yoeu Ali (Cambodia)
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FAST LANE MATRIX – 3:35 min (2021)
Writers/Director: Shelby Montevirgen (US)
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LISTEN ASSHOLE – 4:26 min (2021)
Writers/Performers: Yellow Rage (US) (Michelle Myers, Catzie Vilayphonh)
Director/Editor: Masahiro Sugano (Japan)
Producer: Anida Yoeu Ali (Cambodia)
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SPOKEN WORD: Experimental Performance

BROKEN PROMISES – 5:46 min (2020)
Writer/Director/Editor/Performer: Bee Guzman-Elliott (US)
Camera: Austin Smith (US)
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EXIST – 1:11 min (2021)
Writers/Performer: Bevin Mirielle Macutay (Philippines/US)
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IDEALISTS – 1:24 min (2021)
Performers: Poetry Orchestra (D. Dephy & M.S. Alikhani)
Director/Writer/Producer: David Dephy (Georgia/US)
Performer: Maryam S Alikhani (Iran/US)
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SPOKEN WORD: Raw Take Performance

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT – 3:44 min (2021) – Student Entry
Writer: Allyson Kealani Pang (US)
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SUICIDAL – 43:00 min (2021) – Student Entry
Writer: Rachana Raghavendra (India)
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THE R WORD – 2:08 min (2021)
Writers/Performer: Brittney Traudt (US)
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JUDGES

Keisha-Gaye Anderson

Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Jamaican-born poet, writer, visual artist, and communications and marketing strategist based in Brooklyn, NY. An award-winning author, Keisha’s poetry, fiction, and essays have been widely published in national literary journals, magazines, and anthologies.

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Kate Rigg

Originally from Canada and Australia, artist and activist Kate Siahaan-Rigg has been an advocate for the Asian American community since graduation from the Juilliard Drama Division in 2000, where she won the Interarts Award for producing innovative interdisciplinary, intercultural work. She’s been profiled twice on PBS for solo works regarding AAPI.

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Amos White V

Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.

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Baron Wright

Baron is an award winning multi-disciplined artist, and motivational speaker. He is also the founder of BaronArts Inc. – a company focused on experiential learning, supportive arts, and personal development coaching. With over a decade of creative and transformational work experience, Baron uses innovative art-inspired techniques to help his clients.

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PROGRAM & AWARDS LISTING

2021 SPOKEN WORD WINNERS
BEST ENHANCED PERFORMANCE: Listen Asshole (Yellow Rage, US)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE: Idealists (David Dephy, Georgia/US)
BEST RAW TAKE PERFORMANCE: A Trick of the Light (Allyson Kealani Pang, US)
SPOKEN WORD GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Broken Promises (Bee Guzman-Elliott, US)

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

View or download our 2021 Juried Art Competitions Program

Watch our 2021 MEET the Artists Interview Videos.

Watch our 2021 Spoken Word call-for-entries Video.

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