Artist Spotlight Series is a bi-weekly interview series hosted by one of our editor Milly Joseph, allowing some of the artists from Issue One to perform their poems. The artists speak on their process, their inspirations and how their purpose aligns with Exposed Brick’s mission.
Natasha Moore has a bachelor of arts in literature from Ave Maria University in Florida. She was born in Kenya and immigrated to the United states at twelve years old. As far as she can remember,she’s always been drawing, reading, or writing. Even though she has been writing as a hobby for years, Natasha is finally embracing myself as an artist. Now she sees that art is communal and it is supposed to be shared. Two of her poems “Brown eyes” and “Quarantine Orchestra” have recently been published in Exposed Brick Literary Magazine. data from your collection.
Yaneris Collado, creator of the innovative Literacy through Hip-Hop curriculum where she taught at the Chelsea (Mass.) REACH program. Founder of Urban Arts Theater in Salem State University. She is now the new Network Coordinator of Andover Bread Loaf. Her workshops consist of analyzing spoken word poetry, hip-hop lyrics and leading community conversation around topics that are especially important to the urban kulture. She also incorporates meditation and theater exercises in her work. Yaneris is from Lawrence, MA and the author of Yan-Yan on the Block.
Kaira Lopez is a Dominican poet, educator, and youth advocate from Washington Heights in Manhattan, New York. Kaira and her family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts at age 6. Being raised in Lawrence, she was inspired by the myriad immigrant experiences bonded by virtue of storytelling. As a poet, Kaira navigates and reflects on her lessons about life and love through the lens of emotions, existence, and healing, as evidenced in her recent publication, “Questions for life—lovers”. Like Langston Hughes, Kaira likes “to work, read, learn, and understand life” and attempts to share her experiences in the hopes of encouraging and expanding communal and transcultural healing. Kaira is inspired to create inclusive, equitable spaces in diverse places, especially in education. On Sundays, Kaira enjoys puns, pictures, and poetry while spending quality time with her cat, Nona.