Who’s Bouting at Rustbelt 2019 Part 1

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Who’s Bouting at Rustbelt 2019 Part 1

Every year, over 50 poets from different cities register to compete at Rustbelt. That trend continues with 14 poets planning to participate as individuals and 9 teams registered. Since Rustbelt is a regional competition for the Midwest, poets from the region get priority placement in the tournament, while neighboring region will be officially registered by Feb 21, 2019. As many as 32 teams and 16 individual poets will be able to compete in what could be the largest Rustbelt to date. Registration will remain open until all slots are filled.

While the list is subject to change, here are the current lists of registered poets and teams as of Feb 4, 2019.



  1. Interfaith Poets, Ann Arbor, MI
  2. Native Child Detroit, MI
  3. Writing Knights Canton, OH
  4. Retort United Slam Team, Grand Rapids, MI
  5. The People, Cleveland, OH
  6. Kansas City Poetry Slam, Kansas City, MO
  7. Flesh and Blud, Detroit, MI
  8. The St. Louis Poetry Slam, St. Louis, MO
  9. Team TMB, Minnesota
  10. MindWell, Albuquerque, NM*
  11. San Diego PoetrySLAM, San Diego, CA*
  12. Art Amok, Atlanta, GA*


  1. Reagan Myers, Lincoln, NE
  2. Steven Antoine Willis, Iowa City, IA
  3. Mojdeh, Chicago, IL
  4. Deonte Osayande, Detroit, MI
  5. Mia Monet, Detroit, MI
  6. Ephraim Nehemiah, Cleveland, OH
  7. Samantha Slupski, Kansas City, MO
  8. Sawyer Reynolds, Ann Arbor, MI
  9. Billy Tuggle, Chicago, IL
  10. David Baumgardner, Houston, TX*
  11. Gabby E., Salas, TX*
  12. Hakeem Furious, Denver, CO*
  13. Imani Cezanne, Oakland, CA*
  14. Zachary Kluckman, Albuquerque, NM*
  15. Steven Valentine, Miami, FL*
  16. Jillian Rabideau, Dallas, TX*
  17. Gigi Bella, Austin, TX*
  18. Tava Miller, Houston, TX*

* indicates “out of region” but eligible as of Feb 21st.

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