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Actor Ronnie Kokas was born in Richmond Hill, Queens NY. He went to Miami where he spent a great deal of his childhood. He traveled back and forth for hockey to Boston and New York. He came to New York and after two successful years here he went to do two years at a NCAA School in Worchester, MA. After his Sophmore year he moved in with his parents in Chester, NJ where he began his acting career two years ago.
Check out his websit to find out more about him at: http://ronniekokas.wix.com/ronniekokas
Victor D. Infante is a poet, editor and journalist living in Worcester, Mass. He is the editor of the online literary journal, Radius: Poetry From the Center to the Edge. His poems and stories have been published in numerous periodicals, including The Collagist, Pearl, Chiron Review, Word Riot andThe Nervous Breakdown, and anthologies such as Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, Spoken Word Revolution Redux and Aim For the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry. He is the author of City of Insomnia, a poetry collection from Write Bloody Publishing, and a co-editor for the Best Indie Lit New England anthology.
A stalwart of the Worcester poetry scene, Bobby Gibbs has been slinging his no-nonsense, no bull*** verse for over ten years. Chronicling life on the streets to his own evolution from hard guy to poet, Bobby has represented Worcester on 4 slam teams and twice as their iWPS contender. He has also been on the 2008 team for Providence, RI. He has produced two CDs of his work, "From Three Strips to Mic" and "Untitled" and a book of poetry "Cover Art Goes Here." When not writing or reading poetry, Bobby raises several of his cousins as a single Dad.
A veteran of the nineties Columbus, OH indie music scene, SouMacMillan was the voice behind Caroline/Double Deuce band PetUfo. She is the author of _Chrysanthemum_, a punk rock coming of age story, and has been published in numerous anthologies, including Subatomic Books’ _One Step Beyond_ and Mark Eleveld’s _The Spoken Word Revolution Redux_. Sou lives in Worcester, MA with her husband and son, where she games, and knits, and endeavors to write science fiction stories.
Bill McMillan is the Co-founder of the Worchester Poetry Slam & Worchester Poets’ Asylum. He is featured in the documentary film SlamNation & was a member of the 1996 National Poetry Slam Championship Team from Providence. Bill Co-Hosted the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in Worcester & the 2000 National Poetry Slam in Providence. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, Worcester Magazine, The Worcester Review & Omnivore Magazine. He teaches workshops on performance poetry. Bill has featured at colleges, coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, and a truck stop. In his day job Bill works with untraceable weaponry. He lives & works in Worchester, MA.
A long-time veteran of the New England Slam Team, Dawn was the first person to be on all three (at that time) N.E. Slam teams- Boston, Worcester, MA, and Providence, Ri. An excellent story-teller, by turns funny and heart-breaking, Dawn Gabriel has also. Been long active in what goes on behind the scenes of the National Poetry Slams.
Roger Meike Senior Director, Area 51. Director of Operations, Sun Labs interviews Brad Miller Associate Director of Worchester Polytechnic Institute.
Paulie Lipman slid screaming into this reality on September 24th, 1975 and hasn’t shut up since.
After an, let’s say, auspicious academic career, his resume has included positions such as: Bartender, Bouncer, Traveling Ren Faire Employee, Contributor and Touring Member of industrial group Velvet Acid Christ, Clerk at 9 different records stores, and Poet Laureate for a now defunct gaming company.
After discovering Poetry Slam and all that entailed, he has:
Been a part of 9 Denver Mercury Slam Teams (including ’04 and ’06 finalists)
Been published in Borderline, Radius, Legendary, and the Write Bloody anthology, The Good Things About America
Released several EP albums and 2 full length albums of poetry w/music
Toured the U.S. and Canada extensively performing poetry
He is available for all types of performances, from workshops to college shows.
He is a Libra, enjoys windy walks and can’t wait to meet you
Nelson Vails, Olympian Silver Medalist and Anthony Taylor, Vice President of the National Brotherhood of Cyclists, join us on the air before they head to Oakland for the AUG. 4 to 7, 2011 for the Major Taylor Cycling Summit, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area at the Marriott Hotel. We speak for almost an hour about the history of blacks on bikes in this country & Marshall W. "Major" Taylor a little known pioneer in the sport in 1899. It takes Vails, 110 years later to bring the notion or connection between blacks and bikes, blacks and the environment, blacks and healthy living, full circle. Vails will give a keynote address: "Nelson “Unveiled. 'Life in the Fast Lane: America’s First Ambassador of Cycling.'" Major Taylor died relatively unknown at the age of 53 in Chicago. Later his remains were exhumed and he was given a proper burial in a more prominent area of the Mt. Glenwood Cemetery. Anthony Taylor says he made a pilgrimage to Chicago. I forgot to ask about the "Taylor" surname--any relation (smile). The connection while obvious is even more remarkable when one learns that Major Taylor is the inspiration for NBC's founding in 2008, the same year the first statue for a person of color was unveiled in Major Taylor's Worchester, Mass., home (May 28). Nelson Vails was present at this great event. Listen to the program at http://www.majortaylorassociation.org/events/2008may21.shtml Visit http://www.thenbc.org/Summit2011 Kenny Hawkins joins us to talk about his "Groovin’ Deep Project's upcoming concert this weekend, August 6, 2011, 6:30-10:30 PM at Cerruti Cellars at 100 Webster Street @ Embarcadero West Oakland, CA. The ensemble features: Michael Parsons on piano, Jeff Chambers on bass, Leon Joyce on drums and Kenny Hawkins on sax and flute along with special guest vocalists Nicolas Bearde and Terrie Odabie.
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