Senior Leslie Moreaux ’16 has a passion for performing poetry. Last year, she participated in a poetry program at Lincoln Center and performed at the Atrium at Lincoln Center. Earlier this school year, she took part in the New York Poet Laureate Poetry Slam and made it to the second round. Now, she’s an intern at Urban Word NYC, a poetry organization that provides free workshops and poetry slams for teens. “Because of Urban Word NYC, I was given the opportunity to teach poetry workshops in New York City and New Jersey,” she says. “I’ve also been featured in El Museo del Barrio alongside Willie Perdomo, a renowned Nuyorican poet.” This past April she competed in the 18th Annual Urban Word Poetry Slam at the Apollo Theater, along with 19 other poets, and made it to the second round.
Leslie says the journey to becoming a spoken word artist began at D-E. “The club that has really changed me is Dwight Mic,” she says. “When I was a freshman, there was a spoken word trio called the 3-Amigos [Dan Garcia ’13, Austin James ’13, and Avery Landau ’13] that really showed me the impact that spoken word can have. I joined the club during my sophomore year, and since then, my writing has developed into something I am proud of…Dwight Mic is where I started my life as a poet.”
Leslie will attend Swarthmore College in the fall and has already connected with the spoken word/poetry club there.