Gone is the Thrill
Hired Gun


    Mikal Amin "Hired Gun" Lee is a poet, performer, educator, and organizer who began his hip-hop education career as a teaching artist with Urban Art Beat. He currently serves as the Program Director of Urban Word NYC, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth literacy and development through the art of poetry. Mikal has given lectures on gentrification, the global hip-hop community, the African diaspora, and issues concerning social justice at various institutions including Fordham University, Marist College, the United States Institute of Peace, and Centenary College. He has also led youth-oriented workshops on writing and performance in New York City, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia. As a cultural critic, he has spoken on panels at Connecticut College, Yale University, and various education think-tanks across the United States. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2001, Mikal has also co-founded several hip-hop collectives, including Say Word Entertainment, Fresh Roots Music, and ESP. As an educator, he seeks to help young writers find their voices, acknowledge their collective history, and develop the techniques to tell their varied stories in a way that points to universal questions of existence, mortality, and life's ultimate purpose.

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