Meta Sarmiento tells his story of overcoming an urban culture of toxic masculinity, including gang violence at a young age, and finding a positive direction in slam poetry.

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper from Guam. He is a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba, a TEDx speaker, and winner of Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris, France to perform poetry during the United Nations’ Climate Negotiations. His latest collection of poems, Tie Your Shoes Kid, reflects on cultural identity, toxic masculinity, love, loss, and healing, and is available for purchase on Amazon now.

For Meta, the theme of context is linked to concepts of origins & roots. Like so many of his peers, Meta was rooted in an urban culture that too often encouraged toxic masculinity. In his talk & poem, Meta interrogates this toxic context and offers a different perspective of masculinity.

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