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…”

L.A. Times

…”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.”

Latina Magazine

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.”

Smithsonian Magazine

“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.”

Bob Holman

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  2. I am a Senior at Duke University who had the pleasure of seeing Mayda del Valle on campus today. The performance was incredible. Mayda speaks with an energy that truly shows how passionately she cares about her work, and how much her craft resonates within her. As a visual artist, it was inspiring for me to see another artist so connected to their art.

    Graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister has a quote that says “Everybody who is honest is interesting,” and Mayda’s honesty and humility throughout the performance made her nothing short of fascinating.

  3. ashley macias says:

    Hello my name is Ashley Macias i am a junior at Esteban E. Torres High School(SJLA)
    I had the pleasure of seeing Mayda del Valle this afternoon !
    Her performance left me speechless& I felt very lucky to have the chance to meet a great poet like her come to my english class. It was such an honor! She is very passionate about her work and has great enthusiasm, which makes her poems so inspiring. I just want to say thank you again for coming!
    P.S. Your probably going to remember me im one of the girls with highlighter clothes with her twin:)

    Ashley Macias

  4. Mayda is an inspiration to so many spoken word artists.

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