From its humble beginnings in the little bar 'Joyce is Not Here' on Peel Street eleven years ago, Peel Streets Poetry has evolved into a group of international poets from all walks of life going strong with weekly open mic nights every Wednesday. Four long-time members will be performing at TEDxWanChai – Crossroads.
Nashua Gallagher is a Sri-Lankan born poet who lives, works, and writes in Hong Kong. She co-founded weekly open-mic sessions ‘Peel Street Poetry’ in 2005 and has been an active participant in the Hong Kong literary scene from a young age. Her work has previously been featured in Not A Muse: A World Poetry Anthology (2009) and Outloud Too (2013). Nashua is working on her first collection and regularly speaks at events promoting creative expression through the medium of spoken word.
Akin Jeje is a Canadian poet living in Hong Kong. An active poet and spoken-word performer, Jeje's works have been published and featured in both Canada and Hong Kong. Jeje’s first work, Dreaming of The Sands, was published in Canada in 1999. His first full-length poetry collection, Smoked Pearl: Poems of Hong Kong and Beyond, was a semi-finalist for the 2009 International Proverse Prize, and published by Proverse Hong Kong in 2010. Jeje has also been published in other Hong Kong and Canadian publications such as fifty-fifty, Asian Cha, Carousel, Outloud Too and Filling Station. He has been presenting educational seminars on poetry for primary and secondary school students since 2014 and is currently at work on another full-length poetry collection.
Originally from New Zealand, Blair has been writing and performing a rhythmic and comical style of performance poetry since 1995. In 2015, he published his first children's book Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink and in September 2016, he published his second, Greta von Gerbil & Her Really Large Lexicon. Blair currently works from home and cares for his infant daughter while teaching creating writing to Masters students at Chinese University and running Anapest Press, his self-publishing business.
Keisha is a passionate poet and emerging scholar. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hong Kong, Keisha has received distinction awards within the HKU Faculty of Education for her research on parent-child early literacy, and has spoken internationally at prestigious academic conferences in London and Washington DC. Drawing from nine years of global teaching experience and four years of research, Keisha founded the social enterprise Stories of Us (SoU), an HK-based social enterprise dedicated to teaching joyful approaches to early literacy within the home learning environment. She has also recently established a blog titled StayWokeHK, in an effort to foster a critical dialogue online around the Black Lives Matter Movement.