Josh Smith is a 24-year-old youth educator, workshop leader, music journalist, poet, and hip-hop artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught performance poetry classes and youth empowerment workshops at a variety of schools and arts centers, as well as with The Wayfinder Experience. In 2012, he facilitated a poetry apprenticeship for middle school students at Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters in Brooklyn and coached the Wesleyan University Slam Poetry Team to an award-winning season.
With Eliza Reynolds, Josh is also the cofounder and codirector of Teen Rising, a workshop for teens that explores the values of authenticity, community, creative self-expression and the balance of masculine and feminine in the individual.
Josh is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he earned a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is currently teaching a poetry course at Hommocks Middle School, serving on the editorial board of PEN America literary journal, and working on his next hip-hop album.