Disability Justice Poetry Slam

When: Monday, November 8, 2021, 7:00pm

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Please join us for a night of poetry to amplify & celebrate disability voices at the Disability Justice Poetry Slam and open mic! Hosted by poet, singer, and lupus warrior from Brooklyn, NY Shanelle Gabriel. The evening's Slam will feature works from Vincent Bristow, Julia Silvestri, and more!

Co-presented with the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.  

Event Timeline:
6:30 pm - Doors open, complimentary wine and beer available at open bar
7:00 pm - Poetry slam and open mic begins
8:30 pm - Event concludes

About Shanelle Gabriel:
Shanelle Gabriel is a poet, singer, and lupus warrior from Brooklyn, NY who has performed internationally including Africa and Europe. Widely known for featuring on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, she has shared the stage with artists such as Jill Scott, Nas, Nikki Giovanni, and more. She was listed as one of Blavity.com's "Artist Activists You Should Know" and one of "8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition" by BET.com. Shanelle is also a health activist who has featured on the Lifetime Network about her continued battle with lupus. Presently, she is working on her third album while serving as the Interim Executive Director at Urban Word NYC, a youth organization that uses poetry & hip-hop to promote literacy and youth voice. shanellegabriel.com

Event Logistics (subject to change based on NYC regulations)

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry (everyone over the age of 12), so please plan ahead! Excelsior Pass is accepted for those vaccinated in NYS. 
  • Masks will be required.
  • For more information about the Museum’s COVID Guidelines, please check our "Plan Your Visit" page.
  • Please enter through the Museum's side entrance on 104th St. 
  • ASL and CART services will be provided. For all other requests, please list them during registration. Or please reach out to Sara Rawshanara at srawshanara@cityhall.nyc.gov or 646-306-3379 at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Please contact srawshanara@cityhall.nyc.gov with any questions or ticketing issues. 

Free! Registration required. 


This event is co-presented with the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

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