Hollis Wong-Wear is a poet, performer, songwriter, and community advocate who lives between Seattle, WA, and Los Angeles. She is the lead vocalist of the Seattle-based electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
With her roots in spoken word and slam poetry through the nationally recognized Youth Speaks program, Hollis has facilitated youth creative writing workshops and mentored teenage spoken word poets while continuing to write and perform in her community and beyond.
She has been a featured speaker at conferences, conventions and speaker series, sharing her spoken word poetry and her candid insights on her experience as an independent artist and engaged activist. In November 2015, Hollis had the honor of sharing the stage with Gloria Steinem and Cheryl Strayed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall; she also recently appeared as a keynote speaker for the Planned Parenthood Teen Council, LA Music Creators, and 2015 TedX U of Washington.
A native of the Bay Area, Hollis graduated from Seattle University with a major in History and a minor in Global African Studies, and was recently named the recipient of Seattle University’s 2016 Outstanding Recent Alumna Award. She is also an alumna of the Hedgebrook Songwriter’s Retreat, and is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow.
Hollis serves on the Seattle Center Advisory Commission and Seattle Music Commission, and sits on the Board of Directors at 4Culture, King County’s public arts agency.