Luke Nephew (Despierto) is a poet journalist, emcee, and organizer. He performs at rallies and in streets, in hospitals and on stages, inside prisons and in front of precincts. He works with communities for collective healing and liberation in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Luke’s work is to sing truth to power. He uses music and poetry in the struggle for human rights and justice in Colombia, Sudan, Palestine, Afghanistan and the US. Luke is a graduate of Fordham University, with a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies with a focus on Health and Healing.
The Peace Poets
We are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Our art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Our style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. We hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005. We are young educators committed to teaching our peers with a focus on our collective liberation. We are community based arts collective from New York City.
Our mission is to create safe spaces for inner-city youth to express themselves artistically and discover their true potential as community members and leaders. We aim to create fresh art that reflects love, loss, and life. The Peace Poets use music and poetry in our collective struggle for justice. Through performances and workshops we open spaces for all people to embrace their role as leaders in the construction of more just communities.