Poet Yodi Vaden is a visual, performance, culinary artist, and community activist.
Collectively he labels his poetry and spoken word works as Urban Lullabies. He has and continues to host open mics, perform in numerous venues, and is a popular and sought after speaker and spoken word artist. His latest project is Alchemy: Urban Lullabies, a collection of poetry.
His passion for the arts led him to found and co-found several organizations. Their purpose was to provide spaces for artists to create and express their art.
Some of these groups include IEM Productions, Readers Theater, Street Theatre Alliance, Word Wednesdays, Westside Poetry, and Eastside Poetry.
He has worked with such greats as Augusto Boal (founder of Theatre of the Oppressed), Peter Schumann (Bread and Puppet Theater), along with Agua Sol y Sereno (based in Puerto Rico). In 1998, he was awarded Allentown’s Human Relations award, “World of Difference”, for his contributions and leadership in the arts with the Street Theatre Alliance, an organization that he founded. Yodi resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania.