Writer, poet, performer and activist Joshua Merchant is known for his powerful and emotional writing. He has been forcing crowds to sit up and pay attention since youth, being named the 2011 Youth Speaks champion and Berkeley’s youngest representative for the Individual World Poetry Slam. Joshua now works with Youth Speaks and has performed poetry for The Bigger Project in the fight against Type 2 diabetes as well as the Off/Page project for the short documentary “Broken City Poets”. We’re so excited for his debut book to be published by Youth Speaks’ First Word Press. With projects like this in the works it’s obvious why Joshua Merchant is the Next Big Thing!