A poet from North Carolina residing in Dallas, Javon Rustin has been on the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Dallas Slam Team. He has had the honor of opening up for renowned poets such as Sunni Patterson and ranked top 20 best performance poet in the country at IWPS 2016. He has a new CD entitled "Bleeding Spirits". He has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. When he is not in a notebook or on a stage, Javon is a teaching artist and workshop coordinator.

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Candy has been writing and performing poetry for over 20 years.  As  the current Slammaster/Executive Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization, she has maintained a six year partnership wish Word Space Non-Profit literary organization where she servers as Adminstrator and Facilitator of social media affairs. She is also the Individual World Poetry Slam Coordinator.

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Dex Crittenden


Dex Crittenden joins Dallas Poetry Slam originally from Texarkana, TX. He has been writing poetry for over ten years but only performing for a short time. He hosts a weekly radio show, On The Writer’s Block on KEBN Radio and Life Through Art Open Mic. Dex has performed as a poet in several venues and ministries in the state and continues to encourage and engage upcoming artists as they learn and grown in their craft.