Chinaka Hodge

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About the speaker

Chinaka Hodge ​is a poet, educator playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174​th Commencement exercise. Chinaka was a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int’l.​ Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non­profit. During her tenure there, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population ­­ as a teaching artist and poet mentor. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in N​ewsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine,​ P​BS,​ N​PR, CNN, C­Span, a​nd in two seasons of H​BO’s Def Poetry.

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