Lyrical Justice

Sponsor: Lyrical Justice
Fri, 11/17: 7:30 PM  - 9:00 PM 
Sheraton 
Room: Dallas Ballroom B - First Floor (Conference Center) 
In the past 20 years, the spoken word poetry scene has erupted throughout the United States and the rest of the world. National and world slam championship competitions have been established, and there has been an advent of corporation-­‐‑sponsored and mass mediated poetry exhibitions, including BET's Lyric Café, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and TV One's Lexus Verses and Flow. This has signified a broad acknowledgement of not only the power of the spoken word but also the public significance of protest rhetoric, deliberative discourse, civic and social justice commentary, or what we prefer to characterize as Lyrical Justice.
Lyrical Justice is a spoken word poetry slam showcase, which features six of the most accomplished spoken word poets in the world. Many of them have won national and international poetry slam championships, and have been featured throughout the media. Beyond their fame their message is extremely important, especially given our national climate of social frustration and human despair around the promise of equality and justice. These poets so eloquently speak with such emotive force and social urgency that their poetry jumps off the page and compels social change. Join us for Lyrical Justice as we speak to the need for public discourses to give voice to personal healing, civic justice, and community uplift.

Chair

Amber Lauren Johnson, Saint Louis University  - Contact Me

Co-Chair

Javon Johnson, San Francisco State University  - Contact Me

Respondent

Patrick Hunter, Artist  - Contact Me

Sponsor/Co-Sponsors

Lyrical Justice

Presentations

Amir Safi

multi-­‐‑national semifinalist, Creator of Write About Now 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion 2013 National Poetry Slam Semi-­‐‑Finalist Co-­‐‑Founder of Mic Check and Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival Founder, Write About Now Poetry 

Performer

Amir Safi, Poet  - Contact Me

Ed Mabrey

3x World Champion, TV One's Lexus Verses & Flow. 2007, 2012, 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion 2004, 2009, 2011, 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist 2012 Poetry Slam Artist of the Year, National Poetry Awards 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist Rust Belt Poetry Slam Champion Great Plains Poetry Slam Champion Emmy-­‐‑nominated Actor and Comedian National Best-­‐‑selling Poetry Anthology Author, Spoken Word Revolution Featured in HBO's All Def Digital Starred in season 3, 5, & 6 of TV One'ʹs Lexus "ʺVerses and Flow"ʺ (2013, 2015, 2016) Founder, Black Pearl Productions (hosted over 1,000 poetry events and concerts) Curator, MLK Performing Arts Center, Whitney Museum NY 

Performer

Edward Mabrey, Poet  - Contact Me

Imani Cezanne

National Champion, multi-­‐‑national finalist, TV One's Lexus Verses & Flow. 2009 World Poetry Youth Slam Finalist 2010 National Poetry Slam Team Finalist 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist, 2nd Place 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, 5th place 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-­‐‑Champion Starred in season 3 & 6 of TV One'ʹs Lexus "ʺVerses and Flow"ʺ (2013, 2016) Founding President, S.P.E.A.K. (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds) 

Performer

Imani Cezanne, Poet  - Contact Me

Janae Johnson

2x National Champion, multi-­‐‑national finalist 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist, 5th Place 2015 National Poetry Slam Team Champion 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion 2015 College Union Poetry Slam International Finalist Co-­‐‑Founder & Co-­‐‑Slammaster at The House Slam 

Performer

Janae Johnson, Poet  - Contact Me

Rudy Francisco

National Champion, multi-­‐‑national finalist, TV One's Lexus Verses & Flow 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, 5th place 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, 5th place Starred in season 2 of TV One'ʹs "ʺVerses and Flow"ʺ (2014) 

Performer

Rudy Francisco, Poet  - Contact Me