celena glenn
Wednesday Night Slam Open Host circa 1999-2000

One of the twelve most fascinating NYC poets according to UNTOLD magazine, Celena Glenn is an artist, educator and activist who most recently was the United States poetry representative for Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa. Internationally she has performed at the Double Talk Festival in Amsterdam, the Schafhauser Jazz Fest in Switzerland, and at Londons Jazz Cafe. She has performed nationally at the Paramount in Seattle, and NYC's Town Hall and Apollo Theater.

In 2004, she was voted Best Local Poet by the NY Press Reader's Poll and is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work can be found in Spoken Word Revolution [Source Books], Bullets and Butterflies [Suspect Thought Press], and the Women on the Bowery [BPC Press], as well as in the documentaries Slam Planet and Urban Scribe.

Celena is currently the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, one of the nation's leading literary and performance organizations for youth. She has performed as a visiting artist/educator at colleges and universities across the US including Princeton, Brown, UCLA and Columbia. In addition, as part of the spoken word tour, Fight Apathy, she has performed as part of an initiative to raise awareness about the global AIDS epidemic.

Celena has created and featured in productions for the Kitchen, the Culture Project, Cross Roads Theater, New World Theater and BAM Harvey Theater, along with working on projects with the Whitney Museum of Art, the NY Knicks and Russell Simmon"s Def Jam.

As a beat boxer and DJ for the high-acclaimed band CocoRosie, she has toured with Antony & the Johnsons and has independently produced music for Beau Sia, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Roger Bonair-Agard. She is currently making tracks for Bunny Rabbit . Bio and photo are from Celena's MySpace page. so you should go and check it out for updates.

See Grand Slam Finales/2000.