Shirmina Smith is a published writer, spoken word and teaching artist, activist, and event curator born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She is a two time Philly Youth Poetry Movement slam team member, competing at Brave New Voices International Poetry Competition in 2016 and 2017. As an advocate for children, Shirmina is a kindergarten after-school program group leader, a seasonal library assistant in the Field Teen Center of The Free Library Central Branch, a youth yoga instructor, and doula-in-training. Shirmina has performed and taught at numerous schools, workshops and venues across the states including the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA, Busboy and Poets in Washington D.C., and The National Women’s Conference in 2018. Shirmina is also the co-founder and member of Your Favorite Jawns Artist Collective.
Through her poetry, Shirmina hopes to change the world through the raw expression of love, fear, activism, grief, sacrifice, satire, pain, and growth. For the last 7 years, she has used her art to challenge social norms and constructs, providing community and solace for those combating white supremacy, systematic racism, poverty, misogyny/misogynoir, mental illness, queerphobia, and classism.