Leroy Bean

Leroy Bean is a published author, TEDx performer, poetry and performance teacher, and Dayton native with more than 7 years of poetry experience. His background started with spoken word performances and grew to include live entertainment production, creative writing workshops, publications in 6 different literary magazines, and self-publication of his poetry book “The Love and […]

Ajanae Dawkins

Ajanae Dawkins is a Michigan and New York Native. She received a degree in English Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison on a full-tuition scholarship with the OMAI First Wave, Hip-hop and Urban Arts scholarship for her poetry. She has performed and featured at venues across the country, been published in numerous […]

Meaca Moore

Meaca Moore is a performance poet, writer, public speaker, musical artist, host, and freelance instructor. Spoken word is Meaca’s first love. She has been writing poetry as a means of survival since age 12 and performing since age 15, first inspired to create in order to release personal trauma from a tumultuous childhood. Following high […]

Tripp Fontane

Tripp Fontane is a music artist, producer, performance poet, Tedx speaker, host and community advocate in Columbus. The Dayton native uses his life experience to paint a unique picture of his city and his upbringing. Making tactful use of transparency and vulnerability, no topic is off limits for Tripp. His gritty content and smooth delivery […]

Atlas the Poet

Atlas the Poet is performance poet and educator native to Dayton, Ohio. Atlas founded the spoken word collective called Underdog Academy that examined political and racially charged issues across the United States. This effort has now grown further into Broken English 101, an arts and culture consulting group that provides live educational entertainment celebrating the […]