Hometown: New York, NY / Denver, CO
Quote: “Waiting for another day; another chance to prove that I am more than mistakes and flesh.” — Panama Soweto
One Accolade: 2006 National Poetry Slam champion (as part of the Denver Slam team)
Panama Soweto is a performance writer, emcee and educator. Literary bloggers have called his work, “transformative,” and “inspiring.” His work has been featured on NPR and The HuffingtonPost.com. Panama has performed with such artists as Gil-Scott Heron, Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa, DJ Kool Herc, Zion I and The Grouch, Digable Planets, Dead Prez, Souls of Mischief and The Flobots.
Panama Soweto was born in Manhattan, New York in 1976. His exposure to hip hop shaped his view of culture and art. His family moved to Denver in 1988 where he has resided since. He attended Clark University in Atlanta for a year and returned to Colorado to earn B.A.s in African American Studies and Fine Arts from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He was a member of the 2006 Denver Slam team that won the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas and has toured the country performing in colleges and universities throughout the United States.