Day 2 – Izetta Thomas

Izetta Thomas Poetry Izetta Nicole writes semi-daily love notes for lunch boxes, happy faces with smelly markers, nerdy think pieces and poems. While adulting, she has the pleasure of teaching 3-6 year olds with special needs (a.k.a. super powers) as well as serving as an activist and/or union thug. Izetta Nicole has competed in local,…

Day 4 – Speak Williams

Speak Williams Poetry/Music Speak Williams is a musical artist, performer, and speaker who travels the country inspiring people through poetry, music and passion for service. From emceeing to freestyle to spoken word and theatre he is a versatile and powerful performer. In 2008 Williams helped create and perform a show called The Art of Word…

Day 6 – Barbara Fant

Barbara Fant Poetry Barbara Fant, originally from Youngstown, Ohio is a minister, poet, and artist facilitator. She received her bachelor of art degree in English Literature and Language Arts in 2010 and her Master of Theological Studies in 2012. She has been on three National Poetry slam teams from Columbus and has represented the city…

Day 10 – Rose M. Smith

Rose M. Smith Poetry Rose M. Smith is a familiar voice in Columbus poetry. Her snapshots of the human condition have appeared or are upcoming in Minola Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Third Wednesday, Snapdragon, The Examined Life, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Mom Egg Review, Naugatuck River Review, Main Street Rag and…

Day 14 – JG the Jugganaut

JG the Jugganaut Poetry JG the Jugganaut is a 2013 National Poetry Award winner. Through his work, John gives vivid and insightful accounts of life as a black American without shying away from the painful or the humorous. JG has represented the city of Columbus three times at The National Poetry Slam, making it to…

Day 15 – Kimberly Brazwell

Kimberly Brazwell Poetry Kimberly Brazwell is a native of Columbus, Ohio and has been writing and performing since 1998. Kim is known for her irreverent sense of humor and has appeared on national poetry slam teams representing Columbus in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010. She has featured in cities ranging from Chicago to NYC, and…

Day 22 – Is Said & The Advance Party

Is Said & The Advance Party Poetry/Music Is Said has been a fixture of the Columbus arts scene for more than 40 years. His poetry, frequently delivered with the backing of The Advance Party, incorporates elements of call and response, African drumming, dance, and more. He has traveled the country, published numerous books, and written…

Day 24 – Meaca Moore

Meaca Moore Poetry Meaca Moore has been writing as survival since the age of 12 and performing since 16. At 17 she journeyed to the University of Wisconsin – Madison for the First Wave, the only urban arts scholarship of its kind. Since then she’s had the privilege of travelling the country sharing her poetry….

Day 25 – Poetry Slam Competition

Poetry Slam Poetry Some of Columbus’ top poets will be competing in a fierce battle for literary supremacy! The roster includes poets who have featured across the country, competed in national competitions, and delivered some of the most dynamic performances to ever come out of the city. The line-up includes Izetta Thomas, Kimberly Brazwell, Searius…

Day 27- Geoff Anderson

Geoff Anderson Poetry Geoff Anderson came to Columbus by way of San Antonio by way of Philadelphia, and is learning to trust the process. His poems have been published in national and international journals and he has performed across Ohio. He runs a monthly editing workshop series through the Writers’ Block Poetry Night at Kafe Kerouac…

Day 30 – Scott Woods

Scott Woods Poetry Scott Woods is the author of Urban Contemporary History Month (2016, Brick Cave Books) and We Over Here Now (2013, Brick Cave Books) and has published and edited work in a variety of publications. His blog, Scott Woods Makes Lists, has been nationally recognized, and he has been featured multiple times in…