Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet, educator, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and a four-time published author of The Bones Below, New Shoes on a Dead Horse (2010, 2012, Write Bloody Publishing), We Slept Here (Button Poetry, 2015) and Today Means Amen (Andrews McMeel, 2016). Sierra’s work has been featured by NPR, Huffington Post, Nike, To Write Love on Her Arms, and more. In addition to performing, she is the co-founder of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world, and the Director of the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network of the Jason Taylor Foundation.
Matthew Cuban is an internationally-touring writer and performer, a 3-time Southern Fried Poetry Slam champion, and one of the most acclaimed slam coaches in the world. In addition to performing across the world, Matthew has facilitated writing and performance workshops in high schools, juvenile detention centers and college programs all over the country, and recently completed a residency with Leeds Young Authors in Leeds, England. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he works with multiple literary non-profits while teaching poetry and performance to incarcerated youth.
Giddy Perez is a barber, emcee, internationally touring spoken-word poet, and teaching artist originally from Brooklyn, New York. Some of her competition accolades include ranking 10th in the world at the Women of the World Individual Poetry Slam in 2014 and placing 2nd with her team in 2011 and 2013 at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, the 2nd largest poetry slam competition in the country. In addition to performing, Giddy is an active spoken word teaching artist with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.
Adam Henze is a poet, educator, and doctoral candidate at Indiana University, where he works as a researcher at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. He has lectured and performed at educational institutions in over 30 different states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, England, and Ireland. He currently serves as the Vice President of Southern Fried Poetry, Inc., and is the Official Poet of the Indianapolis 500. For 2018, Adam has partnered with Indiana Humanities to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by facilitating “horrorcore poetry slams” at schools, universities, libraries, prisons, and literary festivals across the United States, Canada, and Europe.