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Savon Bartley is an award winning writer and international spoken word artist who uses his passion for storytelling and poetry to address the narrative of masculinity, social justice, and black mental health. Featured at venues around the world such as the Apollo Theater, MTV UK, and The United Nations, his exhilarating performances have allowed him to work in theater, film, and television alongside The Wu Tang Clan, The Black Panthers, and Russell Simmons. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Suspect Press, The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker Anthology, Slate Magazine, Blavity, and Afropunk.

Nominated for a Social Impact Media Award, Savon also teaches 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. Savon was born an only child in North Chicago, IL. He is currently based in NYC.

Photographs featuring David Hongy