U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a Zimbabwean American poet, author, speaker, singer and educator who has performed internationally in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Portugal and Ireland. She was featured on “WGBH Suitcase Stories.” Her poetry collection “Soul Psalms” (She Writes Press) was described by David Updike as “written in a fearless female voice tempered with optimism and healing possibilities of love.” In Spring 2018 she was a Keynote at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as the 15th Annual Refugee Conference in Lowell, MA. During Women’s History Month she performed in a staged reading at the Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vermont for “Bold Women: Brazen Acts” amplifying women’s voices written by Rivka Solomon. She was also featured alongside Yo Yo Ma, David Ortiz and many gifted others in the #StandsWithImmigrants : Projections, a series of large scale Boston portraits, projected onto Boston’s urban landscape, to highlight the critical role that immigrants play in our society the kick off happening at the Edward Kennedy Institute. She is member of the New England Poetry Club, The International Women’s Writing Guild and an advisory board member for Write On The Dot, a community reading initiative in Dorchester, and a proud UMASS Boston and Lesley University alumn.