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urbILL dialects 2017 burns microphones with poems that set audiences ablaze with passionate performances. Forged in the fires of poetry slam competition, these four poets have developed 8 choreopoems that weave memorized poetry with choreographed movement to convey the urgency of each line and the power of every word. The poets address topics such as white privilege, intimate partner violence to celebrating the power of black womanhood and standing in your truth. The poets are set to tour the summer of 2017 and test the works before diverse audiences. Bring them to your venue to witness poetry that brings laughter, love, and truth.
Mari Carter, EmCee, is a Chicago native who got her start in spoken word on the Saint Louis poetry scene. She was a part of the 2012 UrbSlam team as well as the 2015 Grand Slam Champ of the Dope Poets Spit Tournament and the 2016 Grand Slam Champ. She went on to represent Saint Louis at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Washington, DC in 2015. As well as continuing to travel to share her work with audiences, EmCee will be venturing into entertainment public speaking, releasing her first solo poetry project, and writing her first monologue play centered on the lives of women. Contact Emcee: [email protected]
Sahara Sista SOLS
Sahara is a writer, an artist, and an actor holding a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Theatre Studies from Buena Vista University. As a member of UrbArts, Sahara is a coaches with VerbQuake Youth Poetry Slam in St. Louis area high schools. She has produced, written, and performed a one woman show entitled, “The Family Cookbook.” She has also directed an original one act show entitled “Not About Love.” Recently, she has published her first collection of original plays and poetry called, “My Last Words… Not Really.”As a member of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 national slam teams representing St. Louis, she travels nationally. Sahara teaches drama, poetry, works with underprivileged youth, as well as people with disabilities with various organizations like the YMCA, Jewish Community Center, and St. Louis Public schools. Her hope is to share honest characters and real experiences with the world.
Greg the Poet
Gregory M. Harris Jr. was born and raised in the City of Saint Louis, Missouri. Greg, aka “Greg The Poet,” began to write poems in 6th grade. Growing up around and listening to the rhythm of words in Hip-Hop, it was only natural that poetry became a thing to do. Entering his senior year of High-school, he wrote his first major poem entitled “Look.” He soon enrolled at Missouri Western State University where he would perform that poem at an open mic on campus. Days later he was asked to joining the college spoken word group, “Soulz of Redemption,” making Greg the fourth member. Greg The Poet, then became a part of the collective “Urban Poetry Troupe” having his first two shows as an Urban Poetry Troupe member in July 2009. His membership in the Urban Poetic Troupe in 2009 led Greg to the new group called “Urb Poetry Collective” in 2011. In 2012, Greg The Poet was the 5th poet on the UrbSLAM Team traveling to Tampa, FL for the Southern Fried Poetry Slam as an Indie Poet. In 2013 Greg The Poet joined the UrbSLAM Team again. Continuing to strive, Greg The Poet has returned to be on the 2016 and 2017 national slam teams. Greg The Poet is currently working on his one-man stage play entitled, “Black Man, Come Back” along with working on his chapbook and music album. He also facilitates youth poetry workshops.
Born Tasha Archie, UnspoKen has always had a knack for all things creative. Coming from the south side of Chicago but raised in St. Louis, she’s been writing since age 12 and performing since 15. UnspoKen has won several slams as well as been a featured poet at many poetry shows. As a member of The Therapeutics, Unspoken hosts a monthly open mic called Lyrical Therapy as well as a co-hosting a monthly show called S.I.P. She is currently a member of the St. Louis slam team; UrbILL Dialects, who compete nationally representing St. Louis at poetry slams. She’s also working on her first poetry CD as well a book of poetry.