Bryonn Bain

Poet and Artist in Residence

New York University Gallatin

Visiting Associate Professor

New York University Gallatin

Bryonn Bain is a prison activist, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, actor, author and educator. Cornel West has described Bryonn as an artist who "…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear." Bain's discussions and debates have aired weekly in 28 million homes worldwide on BET's award-winning talk show "My Two Cents," where his guests have included Jim Jones, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Damon Dash, Malik Yoba, Omali Yeshitela and Malik Zulu Shabazz. Bryonn has lectured and performed at over 100 colleges and correctional facilities in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. After launching the "Lyrics on Lockdown" national prison tour/campaign, Bain created the university course by the same name to link students at Rikers Island prison to NYU, The New School, Columbia, and has performed the hip hop theater/spoken word production "Lyrics from Lockdown" (executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte) for sold-out theaters on three continents worldwide. A Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion, Bryonn ranked #1 in the nation and placed second in the world during the 2000 International Poetry Slam. Bain has taught courses on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis at Brooklyn College, New York University, The New School, Columbia University, on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, and at Harvard University's Dramatic Arts Division.