Bio

Brian Mooney is an educator, scholar, and poet from New Jersey. He explores the intersections of hip-hop, spoken word, literacy, and urban education. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in English Education.

His research examines the identities of young writers who participate in high school poetry slams and considers the effects of hip-hop culture on teaching and learning. Brian has conducted workshops for schools and teachers across the United States.

Brian is the founder of Word Up, a high school poetry slam that champions the voices of youth poets and MCs in Hudson County. The event has featured guest poets and teaching artists from across the country, including Kendrick Lamar, Andrea Gibson, Sarah Kay, Jon Sands, Angel Nafis, Shira Erlichman, Ken Arkind, and Rudy Francisco. Brian’s work has been featured by national news outlets including The New York Times, NBC, NPR, Rolling Stone, MTV, SiriusXM and others.

When he isn’t grading papers, Brian enjoys making electronic music, writing poems, and spending time with his wife and their cat, Tigger, who is the coolest.