A Teaching Artist affiliated with Young Chicago Authors as well as the newest member of the West Side School for the Desperate artist collective, MAURICE MEAWAY is a writer, poet, and emcee connected to the Hip Hop crew Terra 5 and their subgroup InAniMate. In addition to publishing articles and reviews on, he’s performed alongside a plethora of acts, such as Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D), Ill-Literacy (including Aja Monet), Kevin Coval, Saul Williams, and The Tomorrow Kings; he's also performed at the 33rd and 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival and Printer's Row. Frontman for the jazz/hip-hop band As Told by Heroes and an activist with the Elephant Rebellion, he's a Native to Minneapolis currently seeking a Fiction Writing Degree from Columbia College Chicago. Blending jazz-inspired narratives in his body of work while delivering a smooth (yet ecstatic) aura while performing, Maurice continues to write with the motif of a Space Cowboy - or even a Gangster of Love.

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