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Authentic Selves Poetry Reading & Open Mic

January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

January Featured Poet: Simba X

Founder of Exodus United Inc., Shayna “Simba” Castano is an internationally established poet, performer, philanthropist, mother, educator, and human rights advocate. Her craft is a reflection of spiritual strength, perseverant resilience, and humble servitude. In both Shayna “Simba” Castano’s poetry and community work, she challenges individuals to consider the interiority of self as well as the effect social issues have on both micro and macro levels. Castano ranks within the top thirty of 76 competitors at Women of the World Poetry Slam (W.O.W.P.S.) 2015 as well within the top 6 teams, representing University of Central Florida’s 2015 slam team at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (C.U.P.S.I.). Castano’s community involvement directly associated with her non-profit organization Exodus United Inc. has been featured on Orlando Sentinel, WMFE 90.7, Artborne Magazine, and many other publications. During her adolescence, she competed in Brave New Voices for three consecutive years, representing both South Florida as well as Hampton Roads, Virginia. Castano currently works for Orange County Public Schools, while simultaneously operating her non-profit organization. While she is not tutoring, Castano spends majority of her time running her nonprofit, open mic, making music, and giving back to her community.

Timucua’s monthly poetry and open mic series, Authentic Selves. Held the third Sunday of every month at Timucua. Hosted by Lauren White and Nadia Garzon.

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Tickets are pay what you like.

Please bring a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic beverage to share.

Timucua is located at 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32806


2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
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