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Nick Piombino is an American poet, essayist, artist and psychotherapist. He has been associate with poets from both the New York School of the 1960s and the Language Poets of the 1970s. He studied poetry in writing workshops with William S. Burroughs at City College in 1965 and at the Poetry Project with New York School poet Ted Berrigan in 1967. Piombino gave his first public poetry reading with singer-songwriter Patti Smith, at The Kitchen, in 1973. A fixture on the New York poetry scene for decades, Piombino remained friends with both Allen Ginsberg and Jackson Mac Low until their deaths. Piombino's many books include Boundary of Blur, Contradicta, FreeFall, and Poems. He was the recipient of the New York Foundation for Susanthe Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, the artist Toni Simon.
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Danny Solis has been writing poetry since the age of five. Solis has won multiple poetry slam championships on the local, regional, national and international levels. Over the years Solis has performed and taught poetry to and for all kinds of... more

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... more

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