Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter from Oakland, CA. For over a decade she has worked in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Chinaka served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for the page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative hip hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews, and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, The Believer, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. Her new title, just out from City Lights Books, is "Dated Emcees."