11889442_160553317610334_7243573301277448003_nUshiku Crisafulli is a chef, poet, playwright, actor, performance artist, musician and founder of the OpenMind Collective.

He co-wrote and starred in the January 2008 Manchester Playwrights Forum production of A Last Cry at Contact Theatre. He is part of the Contact Young Actors Company Alumni and was Manchester’s representative in Contact Theatre’s Contacting The World Festival Youth Leadership Summit in 2010.

He was winner of the penultimate Poetry Pillow as his “Bidaman” persona, has been awarded O2 Think Big Funding for the OpenMind Project and the Prince’s Trust Community Cash Award Funding for OpenMind Project.

He is a published poet in Britain, America, and India  and has performed across Europe and America.

His most recent collection Litany of Varied Experiences was published by Local Gems Poetry Press in Long Island, New York and he’s currently leading poetry outreach in his hometown of Droylsden, England through the Buzzin Bards project they’re supporting.