Aaron Levy Samuels 

Aaron Samuels is a critically-acclaimed writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. After working at Bain & Co. for three years as a strategy consultant, Aaron left his Wall Street life to pursue his passion as a writer and builder of community. Aaron has written a book of poetry, toured the country, performed on television, and landed himself on Forbes' coveted 30 under 30 list as a rising star in the tech and media space. Aaron Samuels is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Blavity, a digital community for Black Millennials with over 1 million website viewers per month. His debut collection of poetry, Yarmulkes& Fitted Caps was released with much acclaim. Aaron Samuels is Black and Jewish.  

Amber Flame 

Amber Flame is a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, Hugo House, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, and more. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame's first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was published through Write Bloody Press in 2017. Flame is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.  

Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is painter, illustrator, poet, and multiple TedX Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. He is a multiple Slam champion. Anis has performed at universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues to the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, and Bat City Review. Anis is the author of five books- his latest, In the Pockets of Small Gods. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Oregon.  

 Andrea Gibson 

One of the most celebrated and successful poets in the field began their career in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. Gibson then leaped into the forefront of spoken word poetry on the national scene in 2008 when they won the first ever Woman of the WorldPoetry Slam. Gibson is the author of three collections of poetry, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, Pansy, The Madness Vase (all Write Bloody Publishing) and the illustrated collection of their most memorable quotes, Take Me With You (Penguin). Andrea (they/them/their) has also released seven full-length albums.

Annelyse Gelman

Annelyse’s poems have been published in 7x7, The New Yorker, Indiana Review, the PEN Poetry Series, The Economy, The Awl, TriQuarterly,
and elsewhere. Her book, Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone, was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. She makes music under the name Shoulderblades. Her first EP, Six Songs, is available on Bandcamp. Annelyse’s poetry-films have been commissioned by FilmPoem in Antwerp and the San Jose Poetry in Public Spaces project, and appeared in festivals across the globe.  

Aurielle Marie

Aurielle Marie is a Black, Atlanta-born, Queer ass poet, activist and social strategist. She is a 2018 Lambda Literary Writer Retreat Fellow and was chosen by Safiya Sinclair as the winner of Blue Mesa Review’s 2017 Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have been featured in or are forthcoming from the Adroit Journal, Selfish Magazine, Scalawag, BOAAT, ESSENCE, Allure, and the Huffington Post. Although her work has lived on a global host of stages, her favorite will always be her grandmother's kitchen.

Her full-length book of poetry, Gumbo Ya Ya, is forthcoming in 2019 from Write Bloody Publishing.

Beau Sia
Beau Sia is a Tony Award winning poet and world-renowned performer, featured on all six seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and the winner of two National Poetry Slam championships. He is the author of the poetry books A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge and The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time. As an educator, he has been mentoring youth for organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, and GetLit. Beau currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his first solo play.

Ben Clark
Ben Clark grew up in Nebraska and now lives in Chicago, where he works as an editor for Muzzle Magazine and Thoughtcrime Press. He has two collections of poetry: if you turn around I will turn around (2015) and Reasons to Leave the Slaughter (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011). Collaboration has become a major part of his writing practice, and recently he’s been lucky enough to work on projects with Dana McKenna, Josh Gaines, and GennaRose Nethercott. 

Bill Moran
Bill Moran is a third-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion; has performed and taught poetry throughout the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia; and served as president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry organization in Brazos County, Texas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Button Poetry, Phoebe, Bird's Thumb, Next Left Press, FreezeRay Press, LUX, Alien Mouth, Pressure Gauge Press, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir.

Brandon Melendez 

Brandon Melendez is a Mexican American poet from California. He is a National Poetry Slam finalist, Rustbelt Poetry Slam Finalist, and two-time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion. He was awarded Best Poem and Funniest Poem at the collegiate national poetry competition (CUPSI). His poems have been featured on Tinderbox, Sixth Finch, Button Poetry and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston & is an MFA candidate at Emerson College.

His full-length book of poetry, Gold that Frames the Mirror, is forthcoming in 2019 from Write Bloody Publishing.

Brendan Constantine
Brendan Constantine is the author of Birthday Girl with Possum. He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered, KPFK’s Poetry Cafe, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He currently teaches creative writing at the Windward School. He brings poetry workshops to veterans, hospitals, foster care centers, shelters for the homeless and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. He spent much of 2017 working with speech pathologist Michael Biel to create one of the first poetry workshops for people dealing with Aphasia.  

Brian S. Ellis
Brian S. Ellis is a writer and performer based out of Portland, OR. He's represented the Boston Poetry Slam at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam and co-founded the Whitehaus Family Record, a venue and arts collective in Jamaica Plain. His writing has appeared online in Danse Macabre magazine and in England in Lunchbox Quarterly. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice.

Bucky Sinister
Bucky Sinister is a poet, a comedian, and self-help author. His poetry has been in numerousanthologies, most notably The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He is part of a weekly comedy show in San Francisco called The Business.

Buddy Wakefield
Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear, then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1,500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

Caitlin Scarano
Caitlin Scarano is a poet based in Washington state. She is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She teaches undergraduate courses in composition and creative writing and is a freelance writer and researcher.

Clint Smith
Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the National Science Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic and he has delivered two popular TED Talks. His debut collection of poems, Counting Descent, was published in 2016 by Write Bloody Publishing. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.  

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction writer and poet. She is the author of seven books of poetry (including How to Love the Empty Air, ) as well as the nonfiction book, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, which made 7 National “Best Books of 2014″ lists. She is the author of Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. On the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) podcast Art Works, host Josephine Reed introduced Cristin as being “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene.”  

Daniel McGinn
Daniel McGinn is the author of The Moon, My Lover, My Mother & The Dog (Moon Tide Press, 2018) and 1000 Black Umbrellas (Write Bloody, 2011) He is a native of Southern California who's led writing workshops at Half Off Books, The Orange County Rescue Mission, charter schools and poetry venues. After retiring from his job as a maintenance coordinator at a paper recycling plant Daniel went back to school and received his MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He's been married to the poet and painter, Lori McGinn, for 41 years. 

Derrick C. Brown

Derrick is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country." He is the author of seven books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He lives in Los Angeles, CA. 

Elaina M. Ellis
Elaina M. Ellis full-time writes, teaches, and produces poetry in Seattle. She is the founder of TumbleMe Productions, a vehicle for multi-media artistic collaborations. Ellis is published in print and online, including Push Magazine, Awaking Consciousness Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine, and has been featured as a performance poet on many local and national stages.

Ernest Cline
Ernest Cline is a novelist, screenwriter, husband, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was an international bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and was recently adapted into a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. His second novel, Armada, debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list and is being made into a film by Universal Pictures. Ernie is married to fellow bestselling author and Write Bloody Publishing poet, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. They live in Austin, Texas.  

Franny Choi
Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.  

Hieu Minh Nguyen
Hieu Minh Nguyen is a queer Vietnamese American poet and performer based out of Minneapolis. Recipient of 2017 NEA fellowship for poetry, Hieu is a Kundiman fellow, a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, and an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College. His work has appeared in PBS Newshour, POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed, Poetry London, Nashville Review, Indiana Review, and more. His debut collection of
poetry, This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) was named a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the MN Book Award. His second collection of poetry, Not Here was published by Coffee House Press in 2018.  

Jackson Burgess
Jackson Burgess is the author of Atrophy (Write Bloody Publishing), a 2016 National Poetry Series Finalist and winner of the 2017 Write Bloody Publishing Contest, and Pocket Full of Glass, winner of the 2014 Clockwise Chapbook Competition (Tebot Bach, 2017). He has placed work in Rattle, The Los Angeles Review, The Cincinnati Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. He has led workshops at the University of Iowa, Los Angeles Southwest College, and St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row, and is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Southern California and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA in both the Fiction and Poetry programs.  

Jacqueline Suskin
Jacqueline is the author of three books: The Collected (Publication Studio, 2010), Go Ahead & Like It (Ten Speed Press, 2014) and The Edge of The Continent Volume One (Rare Bird, 2018). Known for her multidisciplinary project Poem Store, Jacqueline composes improvisational poetry for patrons on her manual typewriter. She has written for Oprah, Maria Shriver, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Strayed, and Gwyneth Paltrow, and has collaborated with Nike, PayPal, Alice + Olivia, and more, finding endless ways to bring poetry into the mainstream. Jacqueline was honored by Michelle Obama at the White House for her work as a Turnaround Artist, and has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and many others.

Her forthcoming book with Write Bloody will be published in 2019. 

Jade Sylvan
Jade has been called a “risqué queer icon” by the Boston Globe and won a few awards for writing in various media and genres. Their book, Kissing Oscar Wilde (Write Bloody 2013), a novelized memoir about the author’s experience as a touring poet in Paris, received some very nice reviews, and was a finalist for the New England Book Award and the Bisexual Book Award. Jade has had essays published in places like The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and The Toast.

Jason Bayani
Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in World Literature Today, Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, among others. He’s a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, Amulet, was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. His second book, Locus, is forthcoming in Spring 2019 from Omnidawn Publishing. He is currently the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop.

Jeanann Verlee
Jeanann Verlee is a poet, editor, and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and kisses Rottweilers. She is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellow and the author of three books: prey, first runner-up for the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award (forthcoming, Black Lawrence Press, 2018), Said the Manic to the Muse (Write Bloody Publishing, 2015) and Racing Hummingbirds, silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (Write Bloody Publishing, 2010). She has also been awarded the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Her work appears in Adroit, BOAAT, Rattle, PANK, VIDA, and BuzzFeed, among others. 

Jeremy Radin
Jeremy Radin is a poet, actor, and teacher. He's appeared on several television shows including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI, ER, and Zoey 101, in films such as Terrence Malick's The New World and Wrestlemaniac, and in many plays. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Grist, SideKick Lit, Cosmonauts Avenue, Nailed, Sundog Lit, Union Station, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. He teaches acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing) and Dear Sal (not a cult press). He lives in Los Angeles with his four plants and refrigerator. Follow him on Instagram.

Jon Sands
Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project. He is a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing for adults at both Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center) and the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange in Manhattan). He tours extensively, but lives in Brooklyn. 

Karen Finneyfrock
Karen Finneyfrock is a poet and novelist in Seattle, WA. She is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody Publishing. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

Khary Jackson
Khary Jackson is a poet, teaching artist, playwright, actor, dancer and sometime musician. He is a Detroit native, currently representing the Twin Cities. He aims to be a quality ambassador of poets, as well as artists in general. He believes that artistic self is experiencing serious neglect in today's society and economy, which necessitates an elevation of our work and focus. He hopes to remain a part of that movement. 

Lauren Sanderson
Lauren Sanderson lives in New York and is currently pursuing her BA in Creative Writing at Colgate University. Her work has appeared
in Beecher’s Magazine, Storm Cellar Quarterly, and Chosen Queens, among others. She was born in Oakville, Ontario.

Her debut collection of poetry, Some of the Children Were Listening, is forthcoming from Write Bloody Publishing in 2019. 

Lauren Zuniga
Lauren B. Zuniga is an internationally touring poet and teaching artist. She is the author of The Nickel Tour (Penmanship Books, 2009) and The Smell of Good Mud (Write Bloody, 2012) a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, Upworthy, Everyday Feminism, and Autostraddle. She has over a million views on YouTube and is a three-time international poetry slam finalist. In 2012, she served as Activist-in-Residence at the University in Oklahoma, Center for Social Justice and in 2016 she was a Generative Fellow for Core Align, a program that teaches innovation in social justice. She lives with her two kids and her partner in Oklahoma City.

Lino Anunciacion
Lino Anunciacion is a Texas-transplant spoken word artist based in Bryan, Texas. He serves as President of Mic Check Poetry, a 501(c)3 non-profit poetry organization, and Director of Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, the largest individual poetry festival in Texas. Lino was the 2016 Mic Check Slam Champion, and took 2nd place at the 2017 Southwest Shootout Individual Slam. He is the author of And Then You Begin to Sing, as well as four other books. His most recent poetry collection, The Way We Move Through Water, was published by Write Bloody Publishing in September of 2018. When he's not writing and performing his poems, he's making coffee at Lupa's Coffee in College Station, Texas and teaching poetry workshops in Houston, Texas for Writers in the Schools.  

Matty Byloos
Matty Byloos was born in Los Angeles, California, where he grew up. Later, he attended Santa Clara University (BA English 1996) and the Art Center College of Design (MFA Painting 2001). He taught English for five years at East Los Angeles College. His first collection of short stories, Don't Smell the Floss, was published in 2009 by Write Bloody Books and has since been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Byloos is also an accomplished painter with a history of exhibiting both nationally and internationally.

Megan Falley
Megan Falley is the queer femme author of two full-length collections of poetry on Write Bloody Publishing. Her chapbook, Bad Girls Honey (Poems About Lana Del Rey), was the winner of the 2015 Tired Hearts Competition. Falley is a Woman of the World and National Poetry Slam Finalist as well as a Pushcart Prize Nominee. She has been featured twice on TV One's Verses and Flow, is the co-founder of the touring group SPEAK LIKE A GIRL, as well as the creator of the online writing course Poems That Don’t Suck. Her YouTube videos have garnered over one million views and she has toured over 100 colleges nationwide. Her work focuses on LGBTQ issues, sex and body positivity, combating sexism and homophobia, and love. Her fourth collection of poetry, Drive Here and Devastate Me (Write Bloody Publishing), was released on September 26, 2018. 

Mike McGee
Mike McGee is the first and (so far) only person ever to win the Grand Championship at both the National Poetry Slam (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam (2006). He has toured at least 3/4 of a million miles throughout the U.S., Canada & Europe and performed at the University of Paris, on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, CBC Radio & Television, and regularly on NPR's Snap Judgment.

Miles Walser
Miles Walser is a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in English, Social Justice, and Youth Studies. In 2012, he won the award for Best Poem by a Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Invitational. His work has appeared in the literary journals The Legendary, Used Furniture Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change as well as the audio podcast IndieFeed.

Mindy Nettifee
Mindy Nettifee, MA is an award-winning writer, performance poet and storyteller. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press), Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Publishing), and Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody Publishing) as well as a collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood: A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing (Write Bloody Publishing). She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a Powell’s Books Indie Press Bestseller, and co-editor of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Publishing).  

Nancy Huang
Nancy Huang grew up in America and China. She was a finalist in the James F. Parker Award for poetry, a 2015 YoungArts finalist in fiction, a Gold Key recipient in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a winner of the Michigan Young Playwrights Festival. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vinyl, Bodega, This Bridge Called Language, Barrio Writers Anthology, Winter Tangerine Review, and others. 

Nicole Homer
Nicole Homer is a writer and educator based in NJ. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle, The Offing, Winter Tangerine, Rattle, The Collagist and elsewhere. A fellow of both The Watering Hole and Callaloo, Nicole serves as an Editor and regular contributor at BlackNerdProblems, writing critique of media and pop culture, and as faculty at the Pink Door Writing Retreat for Women and Gender Non-conforming Writers of Color. Her full-length collection of poems, Pecking Order (Write Bloody 2017), was a Paterson Poetry Prize and Eric Hoffer Awards finalist. As the 41st Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place, she lived in Robert Frost’s home, drank coffee, and worked on her next projects. She lurks as @realnicolehomer on Twitter and all the other things.

Pages Matam
Pages Matam is an international artist & educator from Cameroon, Central Africa, currently residing in Washington D.C. He is the Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets, a Callaloo Fellow, and author of The Heart of a Comet (2014), which won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quarterly and was a Teaching for Change bestseller. A national and two-time regional poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform, and youth advocacy. He has been a featured artist and performer on Upworthy, Huffington, Okay Africa, Macy’s, The Pentagon, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, BET Lyric Cafe, TV One’s Verses & Flow (Season 4 & 5), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Smithsonian African Art Festival.  

Rob “RatpackSlim” Sturma
Rob "Ratpack Slim" Sturma has been a performance poet since 2000, where, while he was in Los Angeles, took his pop culture smarts from years of open mics and slams to dropping poetry with diverse collaborators such as DJ Z-Trip and TNA Wrestling. He currently lives in Oklahoma City, OK, where he is seen every Sunday on's "USB Boys" video podcast making the world safe for nerds and poets everywhere.

Ryler Dustin
Ryler Dustin is the author of the poetry collection Heavy Lead Birdsong from Write Bloody Publishing and the chapbook The Lantern Sea from Destructible Heart Press. A two-time member of the Seattle Slam Team, he has placed eighth in the Individual World Poetry Slam and headlined at spoken word venues across the U.S. A native of Bellingham, Washington. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work appears in journals such
as Iron Horse andGulf Coast, and he has received residencies from the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. 

Sarah Kay
Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was 14 years old. In 2006, she was a featured poet on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" as well as the youngest poet to compete at the National Poetry Slam. Sarah is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference which garnered over 3 million online views. Sarah's first book, B, was a #1 Bestselling Poetry Book on Amazon and her other work has appeared in Pear Noir!, The Literary Bohemian, Damselfly Press, The Huffington Post and, among others. She is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE.  

Seema Reza

Seema Reza is the author of When the World Breaks Open, a memoir of essays and poetry (Red Hen Press, 2016). Based outside of Washington, DC, she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in Entropy, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown, People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others. She is the Chair of Community Building Art Works. Her second book, a collection of poetry is forthcoming from Write Bloody in 2019.

Shanny Jean Maney
Shanny Jean Maney is both a performance poet and teacher. With Robbie Q. Telfer, she co-founded The Encyclopedia Show, a radical literary reading/spectacular which now runs in venues across the globe. In March of 2010, the Chicago Encyclopedia Show won the Orgie (short for Original) Theatre Award for 2009's "Best Creation/Curators." Maney continues to co-curate the original show in Chicago.

Sierra DeMulder
Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and the Director of bluapple Poetry Network, which is a program of the Jason Taylor Foundation. In addition to performing, Sierra is the co-founder of the Slam Camp, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world. She is a four-time published author of The Bones Below, New Shoes on a Dead Horse (2010, 2012, Write Bloody Publishing), We Slept Here (Button Poetry, 2015) and Today Means Amen (Andrews McMeel, 2016).  

Tara Hardy
Tara Hardy, author of Bring Down the Chandeliers
(Write Bloody Publishing), is a former Richard Hugo House Writer in Residence, former Seattle Poet Populist, alumnae of Hedgebrook, and founder of BentWriting Institute for LGBTQ writers. She is currently an instructor at Seattle Central College, Richard Hugo House and Path with Art. She holds an MFA from Vermont College.

Taylor Mali
Mali has done little more than write & perform poetry—and teachothers to do the same—since 2000. His poems “are clear. They are almost always hysterically funny, often sentimental, appealing, accessible. And smart” (BobHolman). He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having taught in one capacity or another since 1990.

Tim Stafford
Tim Stafford is an educator, poet, and storyteller from Chicago. He is the creator of the educational poetry anthology series, Learn Then Burn. This former Chicago Poetry Slam Champion has performed at universities and literature festivals around the world including the 2011 Zurich Poetry Slam Invitational, the 2012 German National Poetry Slam, the 2013 Copenhagen Poetry Slam, the 2014 Wordz Festival in Switzerland, and the 2014 Moth Grand Slam Finals in Chicago.

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