Hip Hop and Spoken Word Beyond the Classroom Walls
About the Author
Brian Mooney is an educator, scholar, and author from New Jersey. He explores the intersections of Hip Hop, spoken word, literacy, and urban education. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in English Education. His research considers the effects of Hip Hop culture on teaching and learning.
Brian is the founder and curator of Word Up!, a high school poetry slam that champions the voices of youth poets and MCs in Hudson County, NJ. The event has featured guest poets, rappers, and teaching artists including Kendrick Lamar, Patricia Smith, Andrea Gibson, Sarah Kay, and Rudy Francisco. Brian’s work has been featured by national news outlets including The New York Times, NBC, Rolling Stone, NPR, SiriusXM, MTV, Complex, and others.
When he isn’t grading papers, Brian enjoys making electronic music, writing poems, and spending time with his wife and their cat, Tigger, who is the coolest.
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