British-born Barbadian-raised poet Birdspeed is known for her ability to weave an incredible display of poetry and movement. Her writing often includes a combination of social commentary and Caribbean culture and folklore. The winner of multiple and international slams, she is currently the National UK Slam Champion and the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion. The current Manhattan Arts Festival Laureate, she has headlined across New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Los Angeles. Birdspeed is published in the anthologies Alter Egos (Bad Betty Press, 2019), Words on Windrush (Empoword, 2019) and Use Words First (Own It, 2019). Her work will also appear in The Caribbean Writer Journal (Spring/Summer, 2020). Birdspeed’s first self-published pamphlet, Bloom (2019), is endorsed by The Wailers.
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