Shasparay – “Daughter Dysmorphia”

Performing at the 2022 Womxn of the World Poetry Slam

“My mom goes on to tell my friend how she can unlock my phone using facial recognition but fails to mention all the times she told me she wanted to delete me from existence.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Shasparay, performing at the 2022 Womxn of the World Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD

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Shasparay – “Shopping While Black”

Performed at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam

“I don’t want to be America’s next top martyr, so I pose. Make myself into a model minority.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Shasparay, performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD.

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Shasparay – “To Men who Love Big Women”

Performing at WoWPS 2020

“I know what it’s like to be told you’re too much or not enough.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Shasparay, performing at WoWPS 2020 in Dallas, TX.

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Shasparay – “Quantasia”

Performing at Rustbelt 2018.

“I got more likes on Facebook for losing 20 pounds than I got for getting a full-tuition scholarship.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Shasparay, performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival in Detroit, MI.

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Shasparay – “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“I know that telling someone is a fight within itself. It’s like being swallowed all over again when someone refuses to help. So I see you, and I believe you.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Shasparay, featuring at Button Poetry Live.

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