Matthew Cuban Hernandez


Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet, emcee, speaker, actor, and performance coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured as far as Abu Dhabi and nearly every major city in the United States and Europe, performing, teaching and coaching poetry. A teaching artist for nearly ten years, Matthew has spent the last six years working in youth detention centers across Los Angeles County, currently serving as the Director of Camp Programming for Street Poets, Inc. In addition, he is a current Lead Teacher and Co-Founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement. Cuban has opened for artists such as Wu-Tang, performed for platforms such as BuzzFeed and NPR and even appeared on the award-winning television show, Better Things. Matthew is also a three time Southern Fried poetry slam champion and an award-winning poetry coach. Cuban’s favorite activity is making people feel great; sometimes he does this through hip hop and poetry. Source

a safe space

My favorite game is

Zelda: Ocarina of Time. 

I would start when i was feeling bad, 

finished when I was fine. 


I could tell my mom was sad. 

She’s in the kitchen crying, 

I made promises, told her

I would fix it with my rhymes. 


Hey mama. You wouldn’t 

let me play it, right? Not until

I got my grades up, I studied

day and night. 


Finally, when the day came, 

I only played it twice

spoiled, wanted newer games

but couldn’t even pay the lights. 


She told me keep my goals in sight, 

told me keep my vision tight. 

She must have seen me on that mic,

on that night I came alive—


13 years old and gave that open mic some life, 

my daddy said don’t

rot my brain, but I did it anyway. 





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Ars Poetica

Childhood & Coming of Age


Mental Health

Literary Devices:


an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference


The repetition of similar vowel sounds that takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line; usually refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same.


conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie

Slant Rhyme

A rhyme where the words have similar sounds in their stressed syllables.