Glenn Robinson (Weez)
Glenn Robinson is a speaker, poet and workshop facilitator. He grew up in the 9th Ward of New Orleans in a housing project that is literally settled on top of a landfill. Typical of many African American kids in this area, Glenn’s father was MIA, and his mother was addicted to drugs. By the age of 13, Glenn was the sole financial provider for himself and his siblings and in desperation turned to ‘easier money.' When Glenn was 18, he committed a non-violent crime and received a 40 year prison sentence for his crime. In prison he became penpal to J.R. Furst and later friends with Cate White, the artist who would create images to go with Glenn’s letters. Together they started, Beyond this Prison, working with youth using art and Glenn’s writings. Through their miraculous friendship Glenn was released from prison and now lives in Oakland, CA where he has worked with Youth Spirit Artworks and is passionate about making a difference in the community.