Ming Li Wu is a spoken word poet who has been living in Reno since 2012. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, she is now a high school senior at The Davidson Academy of Nevada and upon graduation will be pursuing a dual degree in English and mathematics.
Spoken word poetry, also known as slam poetry or performance poetry, is a raw, accessible art form rooted in interpersonal connection and social activism. Although Ming Li has been writing other types of poetry since kindergarten, she is particularly captivated by spoken word as a mutual exchange of soul between poet and audience.
Ming Li has performed at many venues around Reno, including The Holland Project, The Jungle, Our Center, Reno Little Theater, Reno Art Works, and the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently the president of the Davidson Academy’s Slam Poetry Club. Last year, Ming Li was a featured speaker at the UNR Graduate Student Association’s Unity In Diversity Conference. This summer, Ming Li competed in the international slam poetry festival Brave New Voices as a member of Reno’s inaugural team, the Spoken Views Youth Collective. She was a finalist in the Brave New Voices #iTooAmAmerica competition.
Moving forward, Ming Li is starting a Reno spoken word event for LGBTQ+ youth, creating a safe space for their voices to exist and be heard.
Poetry as a way to be authentically vulnerable