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Testimonies

UCLA

"Chris has conducted one of the best workshops AAC has hosted so far. His performance poetry was riveting, capturing, and so meaningful. The best part about his workshop is the way he says his story, and the honesty, passion, and depth with which it is written and delivered. He taught our members valuable tips on how to write an honest story, and how to deliver it with the same passion. He gave us a lot of creative liberty, gave us time to write our thoughts, and created a safe space to present it and empathize with it. We really appreciated him coming to our meeting and talking about his incredible journey as an artist and feminist ally and we sure did learn a lot from him."
- Ayushi Bommireddipalli
Research Director
Artistic Activism Coalition at UCLA

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UC Santa Barbara

"Christopher Siders hosted/MC'd one of our quarterly open mics nights in March 2020, and proved to be one of the best MC's we have had to date; Chris' energy, warmth, passion, and excitement is unmatched. Sharing his own poems/experiences gave our students, especially our non-confirming students of color, the confidence and representation they needed to be just as vulnerable and share their own pieces. Chris was able to adapt quickly to all our logistical needs and move with the crowd, knowing how and when to navigate a perfect balance of his own performance as well as opening up the floor for our students."
-Abire Sabbagh
Program Director
UCSB MultiCultural Center

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Washington State University

"The performance from Chris Siders was raw and encompassing. He truly brought us into his world and expressed through artistic analogies the true perception of societal complexities, through race, gender, sexuality, poverty, and disability. Overall I was thoroughly impressed and honored to hear him speak."
- Mikayla Makle
Black Student Union, President.
Washington State University

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Monterey County COVID-19 Conference 2021

"Christopher Siders did an amazing job during his performance on COVID-19 and Monterey County's Black Community presented by California State University, Monterey Bay and the Monterey Chapter of NAACP. He is an amazing young brother who carefully crafts his words to stir up the consciousness of the audience. HIs words are powerful. His story of struggle and pain were palpable. He is a brave and bold brother. Simply amazing!" - 
Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, President of California Faculty Association (CFA), CSUMB Chapter (2021)

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