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Rudy Francisco
Rudy Francisco

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Rudy Francisco
Rudy Francisco

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One of the Most Recognizable Names in Spoken Word Poetry!

  • As Seen On the Tonight Show

  • NACA Showcasing Artist

  • Author of bestselling, ‘Helium’ and 'I'll Fly Away'

  • Founder and current coach of the San Diego Poetry Slam Team

  • 2017 National Poetry Slam Championship

  • 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion

  • 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion

  • 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion

  • 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion


Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry.  He was born, raised and still resides in San Diego, California. At the age of 21, Rudy completed his B.A in Psychology and decided to continue his education by pursuing a M.A in Organizational Studies. As an artist, Rudy Francisco is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion while simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence.

Rudy Francisco seeks to create work that promotes healthy dialogue, discourse and social change.  Furthermore, Rudy has made conscious efforts to cultivate young poets and expose the youth to the genre of Spoken Word Poetry via coaching, workshops and performances at preparatory schools and community centers. Rudy has also received admiration from institutions of higher education. He has conducted guest lectures and performances at countless colleges and universities across the nation.

Rudy Francisco has shared stages with prominent artists such as Gladys Knight, Jordin Sparks, Musiq Soul Child, and Jill Scott. He is also the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego, competes in domestic and international poetry slam competitions and had the honor of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Ultimately, Rudy’s goal is to continue to assist others in harnessing their creativity while cultivating his own. Rudy Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and appeared on TV One’s “Verses and Flow”

“It went wonderfully!  The crowd was mesmerized and Rudy was fantastic.  Thank you for all of your help with this event.”

University of New England, UNE

“St. Mary's really enjoyed Rudy, he was fantastic! He was very friendly with everyone and engaged with the students well before his performance. I appreciated how he took the time to answer questions and have conversations both before and after his performance. The students responded very well and it was clear that some even related to his work. Everyone was lively throughout the entire performance and we definitely all appreciated his humor! “

College of St Mary’s of Maryland

“Wow, the workshop with Rudy was awesome. Just a really fun and informative program. It worked great over Zoom. He was amazing.”

Johnson County Library Conference Kickoff Panel

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