Regie Cabico

Regie Cabico is a poet and spoken word pioneer, having won the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam in 1993 and taking top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams. Television appearances include two seasons on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam." His work has appeared in over 30 anthologies, including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He co-edited Poetry Nation: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (Vehicule Press, 1998). He is a recipient of a 2008 Future Aesthetics Arts Award Regrant from The Ford Foundation/ Hip Hop Theater Festival, three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and Multidisciplinary Performance, Larry Neal Awards for Poetry 2007 (third place) and 2008 (1st Place), a 2008 DC Commission for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. He received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He is a former artist-in-residence at NYU's Asian Pacific American Studies Program and has served as faculty at The Banff Centre's Spoken Word Program, and at Kundiman, an Asian American Writers Retreat. As a theatre artist he has directed two plays for the 2007 & 2008 Hip Hop Theater Festival, Elegies in the Key of Funk and The Other Side. He received three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. The Kenyon Review recently named Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry."

He is the Youth Program Coordinator for Split this Rock Poetry Festival and is the artistic director of Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization. He is the co-founder of Sulu Dc, a monthly Asian American Performance Series, and is the co-director of Capturing Fire: A Queer Spoken Word Summit. He is pleased to be returning as part of The Banff Centre's 2011 Spoken Word Faculty.

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