TEACHING ARTISTS

Wayne Henry was raised in South Central Los Angeles, exposed to a melting pot of different cultures, which allows for him to have a broad canvas for his work. He is a member of the 2016 and 2017 Dallas Slam Team currently ranked 5th in the nations. 2017 Dallas Grand Slam Champion, 2017 Denton Slam Champion and 2017 Regional Poetry Slam Champion. Wayne Henry is a passionate poet who pens each line to watch it come alive through poetry.

Javon rustin

mELANIA LUISA

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Ozzy De Bordelli is a bilingual Poet, Musician, Actor, and current YouTube Partner from Los Angeles, CA. Ozzy has competed on HBO's Brave New Voices, has been elected the Student Ambassador for the 21st Century Afterschool Program, was crowned the 2015 Dallas 'Gladiator' Slam Champion, and is currently working as a Visual Arts Teaching Artist and Creative Workshop facilitator with the Dallas Poetry Slam. 

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A poet from North Carolina residing in Dallas, Javon Rustin has been on the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Dallas Slam Team. He ranked top 20 best performance poet in the country at IWPS 2016. 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, web designer, and workshop coordinator.

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Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American. Her work explores many subjects including her afro-latina roots, culture and love/dating as a modern day feminist. She is also a member of the 2017 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. To learn more, follow her on Instagram at @feministmami.

Rage has received many accolades, included being named the Runner- up at the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam Championships, awarded Teacher Artist of the Year with Louder Than A Bomb and won the 2014 National Poetry Award for Best Spoken Word Album. He was featured in Season Four of Lexus’ Verses and Flow and has opened for multiple musical artists such as T.I., Dead Prez, Chrisette Michelle, and world-renowned poets Saul Williams and Nikki Giovanni. In 2017 Rage Almighty was chosen to represent the United States in the International World Cup Poetry Slam in Paris, competing with the world's best wordsmiths.

Sherrie zantea "candy"


Princess McDowell is a poet, writer and journalist from Dallas, Texas. In 2013, she competed in her first national poetry competitions, including the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam Championships as a member of the 2013 Dallas Poetry Slam Team. She's an active member of the national poetry community, competing and volunteering for Women of the World Poetry Slam, and co-facilitating the youth poetry organization Dallas Youth Poets.

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 with Word Space Non-Profit literary organization where she serves as Administrator and Facilitator of social media affairs. She is also the Individual World Poetry Slam Coordinator.