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J.W. Basilo is a National and World Poetry Slam finalist, a PushCart Prize Nominee, one half of Poetry/Comedy duo "Beard Fight," and an Artist in Residence at Real Talk Avenue. His work has appeared on NPR, CBS, WGN, in the Chicago Tribune, numerous literary journals, and in hundreds of theaters, dive bars, prisons, schools and comedy clubs across the world. Basilo is the Executive Director of Chicago Slam Works, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of performance poetry through youth outreach and the production the finest shows in Chicago’s live literature community. You can catch him Sunday evenings at the Green Mill where he co-hosts the world-famous Uptown Poetry Slam with Marc "So What" Smith.
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