“Asia Calcagno, is a poet, performer, activist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has been featured in Glass Mountain, Youth Voice Nation and Women in Redzine. Her poems have been awarded the Benjamin T. Marshall Poetry Prize, the Charles B. Palmer Poetry Prize, and the Hemingway Award. Her work has been featured on Vocalo and Guess Radio. Over the years she has created youth poetry education programs at non-profits and after school programs in both New London and Chicago.
She is a two time finalist of Louder Than A Bomb and has graced the stages of Brave New Voices, The Black Women’s Exposition, the Taste of Chicago and traveled abroad to perform at venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Shake the Dust, and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. Calcagno has a BA in English with a concentration in poetry from Connecticut College. Her debut chapbook is titled “Where We Take Our Guns.”
Today Asia educates us on The Bebop by performing her piece “Prophet”