Christy Namee Eriksen

Spoken Word Artist, 2017

Korean born and Alaskan grown, Christy’s favorite language is poetry. She has shared stages with Patricia Smith, Beau Sia, G Yamazawa, Bao Phi, and a host of other gorgeous slam champions and writers she’s still reeling about. Her work has appeared in such places as The Loft Literary Center’s Equilibrium series in Minneapolis, The Roundhouse in London, Angry Asian Man, Race Talk and the anthology “Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.” She’s been honored to receive the 2013 Mayor’s Award for Artist of the Year, two Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards, and the Loft Immersion Fellowship. Christy also co-founded Woosh Kinaadeiyí (a nonprofit arts organization committed to “diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice”). She leads spoken word workshops for youth and adults and runs a post office/ gift shop/ community gathering space called Kindred Post in Juneau.

A student of social justice and conflict studies, and mentored by community organizers and spoken word poets, Christy strives to use art and creativity as tools for social activism and community building.