Maya Osborne: Plus Size Spoken Word Artist
Its now official! plus size women keep changing the game everywhere they are. Maya Osborne is one of such ladies who is speaking out to the world through her thought provoking poems about body positvity and image. We can’t stop counting the Plus size women; models, singers, actresses, designers, comediennes, photographers who keep making statements, taking their stand and breaking grounds regardless of what the society says.
Maya is a 22 year old biracial Brooklynite who was raised in the Lower East Side of New York. She grew up loving theater competing in slam poetry at age 13 and has continuously produced work that has torn open the veil between the worlds of the page and the stage.
At age 20, Maya completed her B.A. in the Written Arts and Africana Studies at Bard College birthing a creative writing thesis which took the form of an experimental poetic play for 8 female voices, entitled, ‘becoming woman’. This delicately powerful biomythography earned her a nomination for the Lockwood Prize in outstanding senior Written Arts projects.
Maya wrote and performed an original one-woman play; ‘FAT TALK’, at 20. It was premiered alongside 5 other moving works within the larger production FLAW(ED)LESS, directed by Monica L. Williams. ‘FAT TALK’ dealt with the ways in which women learn to address their bodies as intrinsically flawed vessels. It was brought to the esteemed New York Live Arts Theater via HiArts, New York Live Arts and Urban Word NYC.
Maya has performed her original poetry for audiences of all kinds at a variety of notable places such as The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Apollo Theater, The Chicago Theater and the United NationsMaya represented NYC and the Urban Word organization with five teammates at the 2013 international youth slam, Brave New Voices where they placed 3rd in the world.
Watch this thought provoking spoken word piece from Maya’s performance at the final of Brave New Voices
Alongside slam team members Darren Arthur (left) and Anthony Ragler (right), this group piece addressing the fluxuation of ones identity, was the first of four poems the NYC team used on the final stage in front of a packed Chicago Theater when they placed 3rd in the world at Brave New Voices in 2013.