MOIRA PIRSCH is a poet, educator, and organizer from Madison, Wisconsin. She has taught courses and facilitated conferences on social justice, the arts and education for over 10 years. She recently earned her PhD from Columbia University's Teachers College with a focus on the intersections of new literacies, hip hop education, spirituality and race. She earned her Masters Degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University where she was the Education Associate to the Hip Hop Archive and coordinator to the Arts First Festival. Before moving to the East Coast, she was the Youth Programs Associate at the MN Spoken Word Association for five years. She is currently a Coyle Fellow at the Center for Literacy at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Columbia University. Her work focuses on the power of spoken word and hip hop to transform, uplift and empower communities. She believes in miracles.