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#ARTempowers (Episode 3): Troy Osaki - Pens and Gavels

Troy Osaki is a writer, performer and spoken word artist from Seattle; the 2012 Youth Speaks Seattle and UW Grand Slam Champion representing Seattle at Brave New Voices in Berkeley, CA and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in New York City. Osaki works as a teaching artist facilitating poetry workshops at Cleveland High School and Spruce Street Crisis Residential Center. Inspired by creative storytelling, his heritage, and movements for equality Osaki approaches his art in hopes of supporting and building his community. Read more of his poems at

Poem “Pens and Gavels” written and performed by Troy Osaki Poem “Open Letter to Ourselves in the Future” written and performed by Troy Osaki, Kiawe Farr and Deqa Mumin

Co-Directed by Tay Co-Directed, Written and Hosted by Val Filmed by TSP Video and Ryan Alexander Davis Music in poetry performances: Swil Kanim Executive Producer: Steve Nguyen and Choz Belen Associate Producer: Douglas Tran This series is produced with funding support from Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) -

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