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Has performed for TEDx, United Nations, and Michelle Obama.

  • Performed for Michelle Obama at Pulitzer-Prize winning drama, “Ruined”

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  • Sundance Film Festival

  • U.S. Department of Education

  • Performed alongside Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Smokey Robinson, Russell Simmons, and Angela Davis


Jinahie (“my wings” in Arabic) is an Egyptian-American spoken word artist, activist, and psychotherapist. Now in the seventh year of her national tour, Jinahie performs at colleges and universities across the country. In the process, she has collected hundreds of Potluck Poems, a collaboration among strangers, in which a poem is completed during live performances by the contribution of a line from each audience member.


Jinahie has performed at TEDx, Sundance Film Festival, the U.S. Department of Education, United Nations, a recent Delta Airlines commercial, and was a featured performer during a showing of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Ruined, during which she had the honor of performing for Michelle Obama. Jinahie has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Smokey Robinson, Russell Simmons, and Angela Davis. In her spare time, she enjoys learning useless facts, feeding her carnivorous plants, and people-watching people who people-watch other people.

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"Our students really connected with her and I have only heard great reviews!"


"Jinahie was wonderful to work with and we enjoyed having her on campus. She was extremely flexible, understanding, and seemingly catered to our students needs very well."

Oakland University

“Jinahie was wonderful! My students enjoyed the show. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event due to class, but I have heard nothing but good things. Jinahie was extremely engaging and encourage students to reflect on their identities and issues and how they intersect."

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

"During the evening event for Slam Poetry night, she presented an interactive and engaging performance that had students, staff and faculty talking about their insecurity and how poetry can help you overcome it. (I have never seen athlete students be so engaged slam poetry night it was terrific)"

Eastern New Mexico University

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