Ted Talk Tuesday With Panama Soweto
Panama Soweto is a performance writer, recording artist and educator. He is currently the Job Developer for dispersed youth at the Denver Housing Authority where he has been employed for 8 years and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, winner’s of President Barack Obama’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program 2014.
Soweto is also a 2006 National Poetry Slam Champion. He is the co-founder of Slam Nuba, the 2011 National Poetry Slam Champions. His YouTube poem, “Scott” is currently taught in over 100 schools in The United States and in several different countries around the world as an introduction to performance poetry. He tours nationally, and is a member of one of the county’s top spoken word acts at colleges and universities.
Panama challenges ideas about bullying, single-parenthood, sexual abuse, self-advocacy, and discrimination through his mastery of spoken word. His rollercoaster performance includes music, poetry and storytelling.
Literary bloggers have called his work, “transformative,” and “inspiring.” His work has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), The HuffingtonPost.com, and as a speaker for TEDXCSU.
Panama’s Ted Talk “What Is Beautiful?” explores the power of connection. At this hectic time of year, it’s a touching reminder how important it is to acknowledge the beauty in each other.