Mayda Del Valle

Join Hendrix-Murphy on Wednesday, November 10, at 7 p.m. in Worsham Performance Hall for An Evening with Mayda del Valle. Born and reared on the South Side of Chicago, Mayda del Valle was the youngest poet and the first Latinx person to win the Grand Slam Championship at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 2001, and went on to become the National Poetry Slam Champion in the same year. She is the author of the poetry collections A South Side Girl’s Guide to Love and Sex and The University of Hip-Hop, and her work has also appeared in numerous publications, from Urban Latino to The New York Times. Del Valle has performed at venues across the world, including the White House, by invitation of President Obama and the First Lady, in May 2009. She has served as a mentor and educator in the nonprofit world, teaching poetry and performance to incarcerated youth. Co-sponsored with The Engaged Citizen program.