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Gypsee Yo

Kennesaw, Georgia, United States

Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Band Spoken Word Folk


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"one of the most remarkable and unique voices in the world of performance poetry" - LouderArts Project

"The Spin"

“She is that rare spoken word artist whose words were as strong as her performance. She spun together geo-politics, race, class, and gender struggles, prompting the ultimate compliment from one audience member “that was something real”
- The Nashville Scene

"Poetry at the Sentient Bean"

“She blew the place away. She got a standing ovation in the middle of her performance. We’ve had standing ovations before but never in the middle of the performance.” Robin Gunn - Savannah Creative Loafing

"Art Amok"

She's Atlanta's poet, best writing content, best performer, even on an off night. She's derivative of nothing, except maybe herself.” Karen Garrabrant - 7 Stages Theater

"Java Monkey Speaks"

“She takes women’s issues out of the bedroom and into the global scene” Kodac Harrison, host - Java Monkey

"The Green Mill"

"She's the real deal." Marc Smith - Marc Smith


Dust Blood Love - Poetry Collection, Audio CD 2009
Firstborn Daughters- Poetry Collection, Audio CD 2007
Kitchensinkdrama – Poetry Collection, Audio CD 2005
When Life Grows Roots inside a Suitcase - Poetry Collection, "Bota Shqiptare" Publishing House, Albania 2005
The Last Nail - Poetry Collection, TOENA Publishing House, Albania 1999
I Do not Fit Inside my Body - Poetry Collection, TOENA Publishing House, Albania 1998
Sinners and Saints: The Women I Know – Original One Woman Play, Lighthouse Productions 2002
Passages and Detours; A Storytelling Project – Original Full Length Play, Lighthouse Productions 2008 -
Lovestruck, or, Poetic Will – One Woman Play, Lighthouse Productions 2009
Java Monkey Speaks Anthology II and III – poetry anthology 2006, 2007, 2008
Pedestal Magazine – Online Literary Magazine, featured poet, 2008
Her Circle Ezine - Online Literary Magazine. Featured poet, 2008
Estrology- Women Of the World Poetry Slam Anthology – Featured poet, 2008



JONIDA BEQO, a.k.a. GYPSEE YO, is a native of Albania, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She is a performance artist whose work aims to blur the lines between genres. Her background includes successful projects in theatre, dance, storytelling, and an extensive spoken word and slam poetry resume. She is the regional Southern Queen of Slam 2008, Atlanta's Slam Champion2006-2009, a three time National Poetry Slam semi-finalist 2006-2008, a National Poetry Slam final stage feature in Austin, TX 2007, and ranked second in the world in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, MI 2009. She has toured internationally and has been recognized for her work in theatre with the Dell’Arte Diversity Award by the American College Theatre Festival and the Kennedy Center in DC 2004. Her work has been highlighted both in her native country and in the US in TV and radio features, such as Spoken! hosted by Jessica Care Moore in 2006. Her most recent live features include the legendary Green Mill in Chicago and Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, GA. Gypsee Yo has been blessed to share the stage and friendships with the likes of Jon Goode, Kodac Harrison, Sonya Renee, Taylor Mali, Roger Bonair-Agard, Jessica Care Moore.