Born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Mydera (aka Mydera SpeakMeFree) Robinson is an artist, poet, host, and Creative Director of SpeakMeFree Productions.
Mydera SpeakMeFree has been writing since childhood. Growing up, she was influenced by the works of Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, and Lauryn Hill. While attending Morgan State University in 2002 she stumbled upon a performance by Baltimore staple Olu Butterfly. At the time Olu was promoting her book, Revenge of the Dandelion. Mydera purchased a copy of the book and after reading it time and time again she realized that she actually wanted to become a poet herself some day.
In 2012 she released her debut spoken word album “Confessions of a Caterpillar". Later in 2013 Mydera SpeakMeFree founded the Open Words Open Mic. She now works as Host and Co-Organizer for the Open Words Open Mic Poetry Network.
Since her appearance on the scene, Mydera SpeakMeFree has become a major presence in her community. She holds several board positions, and is recognized as a leader of the arts in Norristown, PA.
Mydera has made it her mission to help others find their voice. You can often find her teaching workshops, hosting events, working with the youth, and volunteering in her local arts community.