José Vadi is a writer, performer, and educator living in Oakland, California. Since the age of nineteen, José has served as a Poet Mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading literary non-profit. A two-time National Poetry Slam champion, José has coached several college and youth slam poetry teams to national competitions, including the 2008 and 2010 Bay Area Youth Speaks teams featured in the HBO documentary series, Brave New Voices. He was the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Shenson Performing Arts Award for his debut play, A Eulogy for Three, produced at Intersection for the Arts under the curation of Marc Bamuthi-Joseph’s Living Word Festival. Since 2010, José has served as the Editor and Curriculum Developer of The Bigger Picture, an anti-diabetes multimedia campaign sponsored by UC San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations. Jose has performed and taught at colleges and detention facilities throughout the country, including Colby College, the University of Georgia at Athens, UC Berkeley, George Washington University, and San Quentin Penitentiary. Jose recently completed his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction at Mills College and is currently working on The Off/Page Project, a new collaborative project between Youth Speaksand the Center for Investigative Reporting.
(website:josevadi.tumblr.com | twitter/instagram: @vadiparty)