Shanelle Gabriel is a poet, singer, and educator. She has featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, HuffPost Live, competed in the National and Individual World Poetry Competitions, and has toured internationally. She was named a “Powerful Indie Artist Activist You Should Know” by Blavity.com and one of “8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition” by BET.com. In 2019, she was selected to curate a series of poems for Fast Company Magazine’s 2019 European Innovation Festival at the Gucci Hub in Milan, Italy. As an advocate for lupus, she has spoken for the National Institute of Health, featured in Women’s Health Magazine, and starred in a mini-documentary on lupus for Access Health on the Lifetime Network. As In her role as the Urban Word Executive Director, Shanelle is responsible for managing our many partnerships, overseeing the organization’s core programming, as well as the strategic planning in support of Urban Word’s mission.