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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 also winner of the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Her work appears in a number of journals, including The New York Quarterly, Rattle, and failbetter, among others. She was named first runner-up for the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, has been nominated twice for Best of the Net, and three times for the Pushcart Prize. She is a poetry editor for Union Station Magazine and former director of Urbana Poetry Slam. Verlee holds a number of local and national slam titles and has represented New York City ten times under both NYC-Urbana and NYC-louderARTS at the National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, and Women of the World Poetry Slam. She believes in you.
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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

Michael Anthony aka Tony Santiago is a multi-award winning poet, comedian, graphic artist, musician and filmmaker. He was born in San Francisco, California after spending 10 months in the womb and spending much of his youth... more

Ellyn Touchette was described as a ?scheming bitch? by George R.R. Martin on page 714 of A Feast For Crows. George R.R. Martin was not the first to do so. Ellyn is a weightlifter, biology student, and behavioral health professional from... more

Hodari Bayano Davis is the National Program Director of ?Youth Speaks Inc.?(youthspeaks.org), Executive Producer of ?Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival" (bravenewvoices.org) twice featured on HBO, and... more