G Yamazawa is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Team Backpack Finalist, and Kundiman Fellow from Durham, NC. He has been a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative, and has toured over 150 universities across the United States.
Elizabeth Acevedo holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland and is a National Poetry Slam Champion. She has two collections of poetry forthcoming, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (Yes Yes Books) and Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press). She is based in Washington, DC.
Pages Matam is an international artist and educator from Cameroon, Central Africa, currently residing in Washington D.C. He is the Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets, a Callaloo Fellow, and Write Bloody published author of “T he Heart of a Comet” (2014). Matam’s work won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quarterly and was a Teaching for Change bestseller. A national and two-time regional poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform and youth advocacy. Pages has been a featured artist and performer on Upworthy, Huffington, Okay Africa, The Pentagon, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, BET Lyric Cafe, Lexus Verses and Flow (Seasons four and five), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Smithsonian African Art Festival. He is a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and