Spoken Word Competition 2022

by THE ARTISTS FORUM

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THE ARTISTS FORUM is proud to announce the finalists for this year’s SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION, featuring works highlighting our 2022 Competition Theme – Reflections on the National Psyche.

The Finalists are (in no particular order):

“Abuelita” by Carlos Andrés Gómez (US)
“Beating Traffic” by Carlos Andrés Gómez (US)
“Bigoted Sadist” by Oscar Sanders (US)
“Scumbags & Scallywags” by Oscar Sanders (US)
“Stomp Dance Over Reclamation” by Nicholson Billey (US)
“The Journey of a Boy and the Guanabana Tree” by Gabriel G Torres (Columbia)
“Ugly Brown” by Nicholson Billey (US)

Congratulations to all our Finalists!

Thank you to our 2022 Spoken Word Jury Panel: David Dephy, Megha Sood, Amos White V, and Baron Wright.

Winners will be announced at our Juried Arts Awards Ceremony on November 10th at the New York Institute of Technology – 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor Auditorium, New York, NY. For Tickets, visit: Eventbrite.com


COMPETITION DETAILS

THE ARTISTS FORUM SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts programming, is open to poets seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international arts and media market.

Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for creative writer/performers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly award the work and talents of creative artists.

Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, is rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category are then judged against one another and a winner declared.

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.

Our Grand Prize Winner receives an exclusive mentorship from award-winning poet/author David Dephy.


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2022 SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION – FINALISTS

SPOKEN AWARDS LISTINGS

2022 SPOKEN WORD WINNERS
BEST ENHANCED PERFORMANCE: “Beating Traffic” by Carlos Andrés Gómez (US)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE: “Stomp Dance Over Reclamation” by Nicholson Billey (US)
BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE: “Bigoted Sadist” by Oscar Sanders (US)
BEST RAW TAKE PERFORMANCE: “The Journey of a Boy and the Guanabana Tree” by Gabriel G Torres (Columbia)
SPOKEN WORD GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Nicholson Billey for “Stomp Dance Over Reclamation” (US)

SPOKEN WORD: Enhanced Performance

ABUELITA – 4:52 min (2021)
Writer/Performer: Carlos Andrés Gómez (US)
Director: Joe West (US)
Camera/Editor: Shawn Hudgins, Joe West, Eli Dykstra (US)
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BEATING TRAFFIC – 4:47 min (2021)
Writer/Performer: Carlos Andrés Gómez (US)
Director: Joe West (US)
Camera/Editor: Shawn Hudgins, Joe West, Eli Dykstra (US)
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SPOKEN WORD: Experimental Performance

STOMP DANCE OVER RECLAMATION – 5:31 min (2021)
Writer/Performer: Nicholson Billey (US)
Director: Danielle Soames (US)
Camera/Editor: Shannon Yu (Taiwan)
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UGLY BROWN – 2:58 min (2021)
Writer/Performer: Nicholson Billey (US)
Director: Danielle Soames (US)
Camera/Editor: Shannon Yu (Taiwan)
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SPOKEN WORD: Live Performance

BIGOTED SADIST – 1:45 min (2022)
Writer/Director/Performer: Oscar Sanders (US)
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SCUMBAGS & SCALLYWAGS – 0:55 min (2022)
Writer/Director/Performer: Oscar Sanders (US)
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SPOKEN WORD: Raw Take Performance

THE JOURNEY OF A BOY AND THE GUANABANA TREE – 6:18 min (2022)
Writer: Gabriel G. Torres (Columbia)
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JUDGES

David Dephy

David is a trilingual Georgian-American award-winning poet, novelist, and multimedia artist. An active participant in the global arts community, David is the founder of Poetry Orchestra, performing at prestigious venues such as Columbia University, Bowery Poetry Club, and the 92nd Street Y (with Laurie Anderson). He lives and works in New York.

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Megha Sood

Megha is an award-winning Asian American poet, editor, author, and literary activist from New Jersey. She’s received the 2021 MVICW Poet Fellowship and several national poetry awards. Her work, The Medusa Project, has been selected as a digital payload to be sent to the moon in 2023 as part of the LunarCodex Project in with NASA/SpaceX

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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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