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Geoff Kagan Trenchard's poems have been published in numerous journals including Word Riot, The Nervous Breakdown, The Worcester Review, SOFTBLOW and Pemmican. He has received endowments from the National Performance Network, Dance Theater Workshop, The Zellerbach Family Foundation and the City of Oakland to produce original theatrical work. As a mentor for Urban Word NYC, he taught weekly poetry workshops in the foster care center at Bellevue as well as in Rikers Island with Columbia University's ?Youth Voices on Lockdown? program. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the Riggio Writing and Democracy program at the New School and the first ever louderARTS Writing Fellowship. He has performed poetry on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, at universities throughout the United States, and in theaters internationally as a member of the performance poetry troupe The Suicide Kings. Penmanship Books published his first poetry collection, Murder Stay Murder. This spring he received a Juris Doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Law. He lives in Brooklyn and can be found at kagantrenchard.com/geoff.
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Aaron Samuels is a Pushcart-nominated poet, a TEDx speaker, and an acclaimed facilitator of critical identity discussions. Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, by a Jewish-American mother and an African-American father, Aaron discovered... more

This week, Hodari B. Davis takes us live to Philadelphia for a webcast that features poets from Brave New Voices. The 2014 festival features over 500 Teen Poetry Slam Champions from 50 parts of the country and 5 additional cities from... more

JEANANN VERLEE is an author, performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker. She is author of Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody Publishing), which earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry. Verlee is... more

Bluz is the slam master and coach of SlamCharlotte, A competitive team of poets whom he led to back to back National Poetry Slam victories in 2007 and 2008. Bluz is the also the 2010 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. He... more

Lakey is a self taught street artist/poet travelling the U.S. shattering cliches and sharing his passion border to border and coast to coast. Currently on his #SuitandTieTour he goes city to city posting up and draws on the streets... more

Ara Hawkins is the indie music/art editor @viragomag.com. She has interviewed Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, comedian Margaret Cho, and Chris Mars of the Replacements. In 2011 she self published a full collection of poetry (Original... more

Buddy Wakefield is the three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 and again in 2005, he won the... more

Christian Drake is a six-time National Poetry Slam team member and has performed on three National Poetry Slam Finals stages. Originally and currently from New England, he was previously a host of popular slams, poetry... more

GEORGE YAMAZAWA is a poet of Japanese descent who shares his passion for his culture and experiences through his poetry. He doesn't just spend time perfecting his own craft, he teaches spoken word and poetry to local DC youth... more

Sam Cha recently completed his MFA in poetry at UMass Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work (poems, essays, fiction, translations) can be found at anderbo, Amethyst... more

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