Mayda Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having “a way with words. Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.” A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on 6 episodes of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. She also toured with Norman Lear’s Declare Yourself Spoken Word Tour , a non-profit, non-partisan project created to encourage young voter registration for the 2004 presidential elections. She has appeared in Urban Latino, Latina Magazine, Mass Appeal, The Source, and The New York Times. Smithsonian Magazine chose her as one of “America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences” and Oprah’s O Magazine named her as one of 20 women for the first ever “O Power List.” In May of 2009 she was invited to perform at The White House for the President and First Lady.
“Mayda del Valle has a way with words. Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.
Chicago Sun Times
“…a wild spirit, defiant and determined and thrilling…”
The Boston Herald
“ …spins words into rhythms…”
…”Del Valle is a diminutive but powerhouse performer…”
L.A. Daily News
“Her rhymes are loud, proud, and straight from the Corazon. This Boricua captivates Broadway nightly with her cultural tales.”
Mayda del Valle is a powder keg of attitude and tenderness in a small package”
“…Mayda del Valle may be petite, but she has the stage presence of a gargantuan. She prowls the stage like a rapper—more Mos Def than Maya Angelou.”
“Mayda del Valle is simply The Most Supreme of the young poets on the scene…To hear her is to understand the energy of the New Poetry.”