Savon Bartley is an exhilarating young black American storyteller from North Chicago, IL who uses poetry to creatively address the narrative of young black men. Featured at venues around the world such as the Apollo Theater, MTV UK, and The United Nations, Savon has represented New York and New Jersey on the national poetry slam level multiple times and placed 3rd in the world in 2013 at Brave New Voices. His exhilarating performances have allowed him to tour internationally as well as work in theater, film, and television alongside The Wu Tang Clan, The Black Panthers, Russell Simmons, and Tony Award winners. Author of Extended Play: A Literary Mixtape, his work has been featured in The New York Times Suspect Press, The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker Anthology, Slate Magazine, Blavity, and Afropunk.

As an educator, Savon stresses the urgency to allow students across multiple identities to see themselves as subjects rather than objects in the world, their own history, and their own education, teaching writing and performance workshops to middle schools, high schools, college students and community organizations across the globe including Yale University, Birmingham University, and NYU as well as high level UN events such as the World Youth Report, The Young Women and Girls Conference, and the Unite for Sight Global Health Conference. Nominated for a Social Impact Media Award, Savon’s poetry was chosen to be incorporated in the SIMA Classroom Catalog which is available to educators to foster global competency among students.

Savon was born an only child in North Chicago, IL. He currently teaches poetry and creative writing in NYC.

The future poet laureate.
— Jon Sands, Author of The New Clean