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Poet, author, mixed-media performance artist and activist Brad Walrond was
born in Brooklyn New York to first generation Caribbean parents from Barbados.
Brad began writing and performing at the age of 24 when he was commissioned
to participate in a theatre production curated by Harry Belafonte. Brad soon
became one of the foremost writers and performers of the 1990s Black Arts
Movement-centered in New York City.


Brad’s work is about identity formation and human consciousness at the intersection of race gender sex and desire. Time is something we move through. Time, simultaneously, is something that moves through us. Brad explores how we experience and are impacted by historical remembered and imagined time to encourage us to identify and piece together the common and conflicting threads of our human inheritance by amplifying and interrogating the great power and contradictions inherent to identity. What we call ourselves is at once a projection of how we view ourselves, and how we are viewed, and so structures the lens through which we view the world.

The Poetry of America - Amiri Baraka Born Again Inside a 1943 Dali Painting - Brad Walrond
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Selected Publications:


Awarded First Annual African Voices Magazine Reader’s Choice Award January 2018


“An Elegy for Sandra” eleven eleven: A JOURNAL OF LITERATURE & ART 23rd edition Fall 2017


“They Crowned Him” African Voices Magazine Winter 2015-2016


“They Crowned Him,” in June 2015


“Nancee Pilgrim,”Moko Caribbean Arts and Letters Issue 6 July 2015


Recent Readings and Workshops:


Poetry Performance at Lincoln Center David A. Rubinstein Atrium with Shelley Nicole’s blakbüshe band

celebrating the release of her new album I Am American album produced by grammy award winning

musician & producer Vernon Reid


Poetry Reading commissioned reading at Investiture Ceremony of

13th President of The City College of New York, March 2018


Poetry Reading, featured at HEAT Program/ SUNY Downstate March 2018


Poetry Reading featured, MLK Poetry Slam at Yale University January 2018


Poetry Reading featured, Union Theological Seminary, August 2017


Poetry Reading featured, Revolution Books NYC, February 2017


Poetry Reading  featured at, Nuyorican Poets Café, February 2015


Poetry Reading, Harlem Week Main Stage as part of Unveiled

Unlocked Collective, June 2015


Poetry Reading, Closing Ceremony: When You Cut Into the Present the

Future Leaks Out Exhibit-curated by No Longer Empty, Inc. at Old Bronx

Courthouse, July 2015


Poetry Reading, featured at The POEMobile 2015 Bridgeport Arts

Festival, July 2015


Poetry Reading, featured at Latinos NYC, Nuyorican Poets Café, June 2015


Poetry Reading, featured at The Art of Conversation NYC, Brooklyn

Swirl, July 2015


Poetry Reading, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, New York, NY June 2015


Poetry Reading, Grand-Opening Revolution Books, Harlem, NY November 2015


Poetry Reading, Mosaic Literary Conference: Black Poets Speak Out,

Bronx Museum of Arts November 2015


Poetry Reading, featured poet, Friday Night Slam Nuyorican Poets Café,

February 2016


Poetry Reading Curated a collaborative multi-media performance Every

Where Alien, Nuyorican Poets Café, October 2016


Poetry Reading featured at VERSES, Nuyorican Poets Café, November 2016


Poetry Reading, featured reading on World AIDS Day celebrating Gay Men

of African Descent’s 30th Anniversary, Brooklyn, NY December 2016


Fellowships and Grants:

Faculty Fellow, Ph.D program Department of Political Science, Graduate

School of the Arts and Sciences, Columbia University 2006-2011

M.A., Political Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,

Columbia University 2008

B.A., Political Science, The City College City University of New York 2006






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