Spoken word poet Alex Luu talks about his art and performs several pieces on the podcast. Alex discusses how he uses spoken word to reconnect with his cultural identity, when he discovered he was ethnically Chinese (not Vietnamese!), and how he won the huge Texas Grand Slam poetry slam competition. (Intro: No Bird)
ALEX LUU is an L.A.-based Asian American writer, performer, and speaking artist whose work explores his Chinese and Vietnamese heritage, sexuality, masculinity, and self-love. He’s a poetry slam champion, having won Texas Grand Slam (2017). He has served as the co-captain of a Brave New Voices team (2016), representing Los Angeles, which placed 7th in the world, and is the founder and president of The Slam Scene at the University of Southern California. Alex is the champion of Kollaboration Los Angeles (2017), as well as a finalist for its national counterpart, Kollaboration Star (2017), the largest talent competition for Asian Americans. Alex has opened up shows for The Black Eyed Peas, George Watsky, and G. Yamazawa, and he’s shared stages with legends like Saul Williams, Rudy Francisco, Matthew Cuban, and Alyesha Wise. Alex’s work has also been covered by Buzzfeed, Write About Now, All Def Poetry, and the Huffington Post.