ARTiculation – An Evening of Spoken Word


“From the page to the stage, Miami’s top spoken word artists unite in a super session of beats and rhymes celebrating National Poetry Month. Witness poets transform their words into performances that remind us of the integral role poetry and spoken word play in our culture. Join us for this free, not-to-be-missed evening of verbal expression and inspiration.”

For over 7 years it was my dream to host and curate an all spoken word event at the Arsht Center. A poetic extravaganza featuring South Florida’s top poets on the grand stage! The time is now! The event is here!

Before I could get the word out the Arsht Center’s website reads …

“This performance has reached capacity. There are limited virtual standby registrations available. To sign up for the virtual standby use promo code STANDBY.”

WHAT? WOW! What a blessing. Now more than ever its obvious that our community needs this!

Its going to be great to share the stage with SSF Alumnae  Teepop 2008, Terse Chunky Hill 2010,  Mori Taiye 2012, Emonde Prosper 2016, and Perla Gonzalez 2019.

This will be my first in person event so I am a little nervous, but super excited nonetheless.

I hope you are on of the early birds who reserved their tickets.

Deborah Magdalena

SSF Founder & Creative Director

Close up of microphone in concert hall, theater

ARTiculation Featured Poets

BYRD THE POET An award-winning poet, and spoken word artist. Staff Writer for the OWN Network series David Makes Man.

 CHAOS THEORY RIGZ MENDOZA & MORI TAIYE Award winning spoken word duo

 DEBORAH MAGDALENA Community Ambassador, Performing Artists and Cultural Curator

 DJ LS ONE More than your average DJ

 EMONDE “REGAL POETE” PROSPER Media personality, spoken word poet, and creative entrepreneur advocate

 GABY MARTINEZ A young spoken word poet based in Miami 

 JASON CRESPO Writer, poet and award winning educator 

 JUST JOHN Rapper and spoken word artist and educator  

 CHRIS MAZZARA Spoken Word artist and educator 

 MODIA A 14 year old Florida poet and songwriter

 NYAH TERRILYN An award winning spoken word poet, nationally recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation and the U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts

 PERLA GONZALEZ Writer and poet

 TEEPOP Culturist and critically acclaimed visual artist

 TERESE “CHUNKY” HILL:   Poet, speaker, performance poet, and actress

 THE FLORIDA FREEDOM WRITERS Collegiate, teaching artists, critically acclaimed spoken word team

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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