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Yaw is a Ghanaian artist residing in Los Angeles. Yaw is a writer, educator, and author of the poetry collection: Unveiling the Trauma. He is an activist and advocate who connects to his audience through poetic story-telling on topics related to racial identity, family and immigration. 
Yaw’s undergraduate degree was in Biology with a minor in French and continued his education with a Masters in General Communication and Performance studies all at the University of Northern Iowa. In the last 7 years, he has been in education teaching Public Speaking, Persuasion and Readers Theater at three different collegiate institutions: University of Northern Iowa, East Los Angeles College and Concordia University Irvine. Currently Yaw is the supervisor, instructor and coach at Modernbrain Institute in California where he teaches poetry workshops and coaches speech and debate to middle and high schoolers while simultaneously creating time to work on his art.
Yaw is the 2011 National Collegiate Speech and Debate Runner-Up in Poetry Interpretation, 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, 2019 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, 2018 Exit 36 Poetry Festival Champion and a 2018 National Poetry Slam Runner-Up.  In addition, Yaw finds joy in being a professional laugher and a rooted dancer with specialty in Afrobeats and West African tribal dance. On stage,Yaw becomes his stories, channels every word through time and space to give the audience a cathartic experience.

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