Sage Salvo (born Gilbert Newman Perkins) is the creator of Words Liive, an innovative literary arts program that aims to elevate the lyrical genius in hip-hop lyrics through a literary analysis which pairs historical poetry with the poetry of hip-hop by means of their respective use of literary devices. Sage is also the author of the forthcoming book, Words Liive: Hip-Hop as a Forty Year Neo-Romantic Literary Period. His Words Liive program has featured Grammy-nominated artists such as Maimouna Youssef and Carolyn Malachi. Commencing this year, Words Liive has also been adopted by a select number of Washington DC area high schools as an ancillary creative writing program.