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Poetic Tuesdays with MoAD

Tue, May 10, 12:30pm1:30pm

Headshot photos of Nana Boateng, Gabriel Cortez, Zouhair Mussa, adrienne danyelle oliver, Destiny Muhammad.
Tue, May 10
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718

Sharing works that delight, provoke, inspire and rouse, the monthly Poetic Tuesdays series runs from May to October, turning lunchtime into an oasis of creative expression. Lighting up the Gardens with a fabulously curated line-up of poets and musicians, Poetic Tuesdays offer a vivifying midday breather for neighborhood groups, students, office workers on break and even out-of-towners looking for respite from the City’s hustle and bustle.

About the Artists

Nana Boateng (she/her) is a first generation Ghanaian-American poet, educator, and digital storyteller currently residing in Oakland, CA. She utilizes writing and audio to examine memory, otherness and myths we tell ourselves. Nana is dedicated to curating accessible spaces for people to connect, share and archive their narratives digitally. Her writing has been published in Connotation Press, WVXU, NPR, Sierra Magazine, Toe Good Poetry and Cliterature Journal. In Nana’s spare time, she stitches together audio narratives about the African diaspora and teaches K-12 students how to make podcasts.


Gabriel Cortez is a Black biracial poet, educator, and organizer of Panamanian descent. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4. He is a VONA fellow, #BARS workshop alum, NALAC grant recipient and winner of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. Gabriel is a member of the artist collective, Ghostlines, and co-founder of The Root Slam, an award-winning poetry venue dedicated to inclusivity, justice and artistic growth, as well as Write Home, a project working to challenge public perceptions of houselessness and shift critical resources to houseless Bay Area youth through spoken word poetry. Gabriel works as Director of Programs at Youth Speaks, one of the world’s leading presenters of spoken word performance, education and youth development programs.


Zouhair Mussa is a Sudanese/Nubian-American community organizer and multi-disciplinary artist from West Oakland. His art is based on the life he has lived and aims at addressing that which is detrimental to him and his community. He seeks to shed light on injustices that plague the places he calls home. He uses his art to remember the fallen and dreams of healing the struggle. Most importantly, he wants to uplift and inspire change with the aid of his artistic expression.


adrienne danyelle oliver is a poet-educator, hip-hop scholar from Little Rock, AR currently living in the SF Bay Area. She enjoys writing about intergenerational healing. She has published two chapbooks, the body has memories (Nomadic Press) and collective madness (Finishing Line Press), which include these reflections. Part poetry, part memoir, these chapbooks are the beginning of a liberation she hopes to witness among all bodies harboring historical trauma. Some of adrienne’s favorite authors include Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. When she is not writing, adrienne is reading historical fiction or watching documentaries. She’s also an intuitive creativity guide for other Black scholars working to get a narrative set free.


Destiny Muhammad is a Recording/ Performing Artist | Band Leader | Composer & Producer. Her genre †̃Celtic to Coltraneâ€TM is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has curated concerts for Grace Cathedral Christmas Concert Series, SFJAZZ Tribute to Jazz Harp Legend Alice Coltrane, S F Symphony SOUNDBOX Series featured guest for GRAMMY Winner Kanye West ‘Sunday Service’, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Blue Note Artist Ambrose Akisemuire and Azar Lawrence to name a few. She has headlined The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Sunday’s in the Redwoods Concert, Seattle’s Fest Sundiata ButcherTown Jazz Fest. Destiny is The Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2022 Artist in Residence Guest Workshop Presenter for Amatuer Music Network. Destiny is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, ASCAP Songwriter Awardee, California Entertainers Music Awards Female Jazz Artist of the Year Winner, SFJAZZ Teaching Artist, Bay Area Jazz and Blues Award Winner (BAJABA) and RaiseKarma Virtual Residency Alum.


About the Curator

Nia McAllister is a Bay Area born poet, writer and environmental justice advocate. Since joining the Museum of the African Diaspora in 2017, she has dedicated herself to facilitating impactful change at the intersection of art, activism, and public engagement. As the Public Programs Manager at MoAD, Nia leads the MoAD Lit program and is the host and founder of MoAD’s Open Mic series. At MoAD and beyond, Nia creates platforms for amplifying the work of Black artists on a global scale. Nia’s writing and poetry have been featured on Poets of Color Podcast and published in Radicle magazine, Meridians journal, and Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion (Nomadic Press, 2022). Nia received her B.A. in Environmental Analysis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Environment from Pomona College. 

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