Lino Anunciacion is a Texas-Transplant poet from Florida. Currently an English undergrad at Texas A&M University. He has self published two books, “The Ocean is Hell & Heaven” and “The Light Bringers.” His latest book “In the Dark Spots.” has been published by TCU undergraduate English publishing journal. He performs the duty of Community Outreach officer for Mic Check Poetry. He is blessed to be the co-founder of Fifteen13 Press, and Mic Check 2016 Slam Champion. He has a small obsession with blurry lights, talks too much with his hands, and is deathly afraid of deep water. Find him on Twitter @lighthousing_
Natalie Catalan is a poet, student, mass consumer of all things potato based and winner of QPF’s SlammED 2015. Nurtured by only the warmest of smiles nestled in the crooks of her high school, her romance with writing ignited after watching a bearded man talk about his feeling when she was 15. Once only for assignments, she now writes to turn hazy things solid and solid things hazy—a cycling of dreams, a way to keep things that can’t quite be held. More of her work can be found at www.backlitafternoon.wordpress.com.
Stephanie Chan (more commonly known as Stephanie Dogfoot) is from Singapore and has lived in the US and the UK. She has won national poetry slams in Singapore and the UK and has performed her work around Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. She is in a feminist spoken word troupe called the Sekaliwags and currently helps to run the Singapore Story Slam, a poetry night called SPEAK and an annual LGBTQ literary night called Contradiction. She likes bicycles, strange-looking mammals, bodies of water, and birds that congregate in grassy patches on street corners. You can find out what she is up to at stephdogfoot.wordpress.com or on twitter @stephdogfoot
lauren elma frament is a writer and restless soul living in Manchester, NH. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Maudlin House, Vagabond City Lit, The Fem, Alien Mouth, Pear Drop, The Legendary, and Wyvern Lit, among others. She has not let anyone cut her bangs since 2005.
Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Jet Fuel Review and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (Life During Wartime) – KF&S Press, 2013 – is his first book. His latest is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016.
Ry Irene is a queer non-binary slam poet that calls Utah home, seven states later. Ze was a member of the 2015 Salt City Slam Team as well as a member of the 2014 and 2015 Westminster College Union Poetry Slam teams. Ry has also competed in Individual World Poetry Slam 2014 and Women of the World Poetry Slam 2016 as a storm poet. Ze has self-published a chapbook entitled “Keep My Out of Your Art, I’ll Keep You Out of Mine”. Ry is a Scorpio, enjoys long walks on the beach, bubble baths, and dismantling the patriarchy and gender norms.
Jasmine Mi is just a person who is trying to figure stuff out and tries to do so through poetry. She doesn’t have any amazing credits but would like you to know that she can play twinkle twinkle little star with her feet. Most of her stuff is at https://bakahatsu.wordpress.com/
Bill Moran is a second-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion, president of non-profit Mic Check, and has performed and taught poetry internationally. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Button Poetry (video), Phoebe, Bird’s Thumb, Next Left Press, FreezeRay Press, The Dead Animal Handbook, LUX, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and his first full-length release, co-authored with Simon Kindt, is now available through Alien Mouth. He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is okay. Really.
Linette Reeman (they/them) is a hot mess from the Jersey Shore who is the 2016 Grand Slam Champion of Loser Slam. They have represented Rowan University at the College National Slam (CUPSI) twice, been published in places like The Legendary, Words Dance, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Voicemail Poems, and are currently involved in the Philadelphia Fuze Slam. They probably want to high-five you.
Melissa Rose has been a member of the poetry community since 2001 and has been facilitating spoken word workshops with adults and teens for over 10 years. She has performed her poetry all over the United States and Germany and was a featured poet at the German National Poetry Slam in 2010. She is currently the Executive Director of S.I.R.E.N.; a non profit program that empowers teen girls through spoken word.
Kalena Thwaits is a 22 year old poet residing in Bryan, Texas. She lives with her partner and one-eyed dog Willy. She has been an officer of Mic Check Poetry since 2015 and is an editor of Fifteen13 Press. She plans on graduating from TAMU with a degree in Women and Gender Studies, she hopes.
Nyein Way is a contemporary (conceptual/post-conceptual) experimental poet, writer, performance artist, and educator. He has published seven poetry books, including: Words and Tree (2004); Gaganana (2010); Anamataga (2011); Pattalar: Xylophone (2013); Total Poetry (2015); A handbook For Para-nothingness (2015); A Post-Conceptual Dictionary (bi-lingual) (2015) & coming in September, 2016 “Wittgenstein’s Lab: Biopsy Of Silence & a poetics book”, “GRAPHICS POETICS & THE FOURTH MIND”. Other books include the educational publication Classroomology (1999), and poetry volumes of Conceptual Poetics and a Contemporary Poet (2008), and Nakanpadi – A Book of 21st Century New Poetics (2013). He is also a contributor to an encyclopedia of Asian Theatre, published by Greenwood Publishing House, New York, and edited by Professor Sam Leiter. Some of his poems-series “EVENTS” are in the 2016 June Issue of Tripwire: Journal Of Poetics, Oakland, CA, USA. His writing “UNcreative Manifesto”was published by “NO” PRESS in Canada in 2005. His writings can be reached at ubu.com/contemp. His writing “Treatise On Poetry” is included in the forthcoming WrICE anthology book “The near & The Far” by SCRIBE PUBLICATION which will be debuted on September 4, 2016 at Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 in Australia.