Myrlin Hepworth: Poet, Emcee, and Teaching Artist ExtraordinaireListen to Myrlin on Soundcloud
Myrlin Hepworth’s work is grounded in both hip-hop and the literary arts. Myrlin was named the Arizona Humanity’s Council’s Rising Star Award recipient for his work as a youth advocate and teaching artist. Over the better part of a decade Myrlin has performed for and worked with well over a hundred thousand Arizona youth, and tens of thousands of youth across the nation.
Myrlin has released two hip hop mixtapes and has performed his music internationally. Most notably he was featured on NPR’s Alt Latino podcast and has shared stages with the likes of Saul Williams and Mexican hip- hop mega-giant, Cartel De Santa.
Myrlin’s origins emerge from the rural landscapes of New Mexico and Idaho and have firmly planted themselves in the metropolis Phoenix, AZ where he first began his career as a professional artist and has lived since adolescence. His work as an educator and artist is reflective of his experience as a Chicano man and often aimed at critiquing, exposing, and commenting on identity, and systemic injustices.
In 2011 he earned his degree in English at Arizona State University where he studied poetry and has since given talks and performances at numerous universities and colleges around the nation, including every major university in Arizona, Michigan State University, The University of Puget Sound, Bread Loaf School of English and many more.