The youngest writer I met in Bogota is Jairo -- aka Hoos -- a seventh grader. He has been writing since January 2007 and, according to Mefisto, attends just about every graffiti event in Bogota. "Graffiti is living my reality," he tells me. His favorite writers include Stinkfish, Mefisto and Onesto. He certainly has good taste -- in addition to seemingly boundless passion!
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.