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What happens when your home starts to lose its language? | Pages Matam | TEDxTysons
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Added Sep 16, 2016
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Storytellers and writers are often tasked with making sure our children and our children's children know exactly where they come from.

Pages Matam is a multidimensional national touring artist & educator from Cameroon, Central Africa but currently residing in Washington D.C. Metro area. He is the current Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets. A Callaloo Fellow, he is a Write Bloody author of The Heart of a Comet (2014), which won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quaterly, was a Teaching for Change bestseller, and received an honorable mention from the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.

A 2014 national poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform and youth advocacy. He has been a featured artist and performer on Upworthy, Huffington, Okay Africa & Africa is Done Suffering, The Pentagon, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, BET Lyric Cafe, TV One’s Verses & Flow, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Smithsonian African Art Festival. A proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic.

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