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.

Javon rustin


wayne henry

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.


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.

Sherrie zantea "candy"

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.