Greg Corbin at FACTS. Photo: Toni Shapiro-Phim

Greg Corbin

Greg "Just Greg" Corbin is a poet, writer, teacher, hip hop artist and community activist. He has shared stages with India Arie, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Nikki Giovanni, Musiq, Saul Williams, Kindred the Family Soul, and many other renowned artists. Greg has performed across the U.S., and internationally in South Africa, England and Canada. A Philadelphia native and Lincoln University graduate, he began writing in his sophomore year after deciding to follow in the footsteps of fellow Lincoln grads Langston Hughes, Oscar Brown, and Gil Scott Heron.

Greg is a socially and politically engaged artist tackling controversial topics including religion, the politics of education, love, bullying, racism and parenting in today's world. He frequently conducts writing, reflection and spoken word workshops in prisons and schools. In 2006, he founded the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement. PYPM has been featured on the HBO program, "Brave New Voices," where Greg was recognized as a mentor/coach with an astounding ability to inspire youth to express themselves courageously and beautifully. His poetry and his image, featured on billboards and in television commercials, represent the litter-free campaign in Philadelphia. Greg was one of 20 winners of the 2012 BME (Black Male Engagement) Leadership Award, created to honor Black men who step up to lead within their communities. He is a teacher at the Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School.

Additional resources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGwI9CLpFGE
[Greg's spoken word recitation about the importance of engaging with children]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBvaccRNE8A&feature=related
[Greg's statement about his hopes and plans related to his 2012 BME Leadership Award]

http://phillyyouthpoets.org/ (click on "Message from the Executive Director")
[Greg speaks about the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement]