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Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, TX. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 national collegiate slam champion. Ariana is lowkey a curandera and highkey the yungest abuela you will ever meet.

Poet  | Performer |  Facilitator

Ariana Brown


Marshall "Gripp" Gillson is a multimedia writer and performer (film, theater, songs, poetry). In 2016 and 2017, they appeared on back-to-back National Poetry Slam final stages and won at back-to-back Vox Pop poetry tournaments. In 2018, their first short film premiered at the Roxbury International Film Festival. Their art explores race, gender, mental health, loneliness, existential dread, and not infrequently robots.

Writer  |  Actor  |  Educator

Marshall Gillson

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Jonathan Mendoza is a Jewish and Mexican-American activist, spoken word poet, social justice educator, and musician. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the 2018 Sonia Sanchez Langston Hughes Poetry Prize, as well as a youth organizer with Pilsen Alliance and a teaching artist with Young Chicago Authors in Chicago's lower west side.

Poet  |  Activist  |  Educator

Jonathan Mendoza


Janae Johnson is a Black Queer Poet & Teaching Artist. She is the 2015 Women of the World & a 2015 National Slam Champion. She is a founder of two nationally recognized poetry venues, and organizer of international poetry festivals. Janae is a Write Bloody Book Award Finalist and her work has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, Lenny Says, Button Poetry, and PBS Newshour.

Poet  | Educator  |  Curator  |  DJ

Janae Johnson

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Aurielle Marie is an essayist, poet, facilitator and activist hailing from the Deep South. Her essays and poems can be found in The Guardian, Vinyl Poetry, Allure Magazine, and the Sycamore Review. Aurielle writes and speaks about bodies, justice, sex and pop culture from a Black feminist lens.

Poet  | Essayist |  Activist 

Aurielle Marie


Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas.  She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston.

Writer  | Educator |  Curator

Porsha Olayiwola

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