Interview: Poet Jasmine Mans On Criticism, Culture and Control

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The general public knows poet Jasmine Mans from the viral hit poem “Nicki Minaj” — a poem Mans uploaded one day without anticipation of the world clicking play.  Not only did thousands of people click play after the piece went up, but they embedded it across multiple blog sites and tried to dissect it, analyze it, or blindly criticize it.  But to those who know the world of poetry and spoken word, you may know Jasmine as a stand out award winning poet from UrbanWordNYC, and featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices.  Her accomplishments stack quite high for a 20-year-old college sophomore, so after her performance at an Alpha event at DePauw University I sat down with her to get a bit more insight on her life and her work in her own words through candid conversation.  We chatted about how she started, how she’s dealing with the growing attention towards her and her work, and her plans for the future.

note: *Mans was 19 years old at the time of this interview and just turned 20 this week.
You can follow Jasmine on Twitter @KingJasmineMans

Tonight: Parle Poetry Slam

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The 4th Annual Parlé Teen Poetry Slam is here.
$250 grand prize up for grabs

If you know any teens that may be interested in performing or simply attending please let them know.

performers must be 19 years old or younger

Preliminaries are TODAY!!!

Friday March 13th

The Hidden Room
161 W. 22nd Street
bet. 6th & 7th Avenues
performers $3
admission: $4

for more information contact Kevin Benoit at parlemagazine@gmail or call 646.262.6026

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