Akgrif Neunie grew up in Portmore and migrated to the United States at thirteen. He was inspired to write poetry after a friend said that he had exceptional writing skills. This lead him to perform at The Nuyorican Club in NYC and The Culture Flow in Hollywood . He has written his first book “The Concept”.

Ali Matalon is a senior at Northeastern University in Boston. She has been writing and performing spoken word poetry for almost 6 years now. She participated and won the annual Redbones Writers’ Award competition in 2011. She also performed at Northeastern’s Black Student Association’s poetry show “Beatless” alongside spoken word poets such as Rudy Fransisco and Justin Reilly. She came second in the Northeastern Talent show this past year and has performed at different locations across Kingston and Boston. Ali loves spoken- word because it is not intended to be read, it is intended to be heard. She also loves to enjoy other spoken- word poets work as often as she can.

D’viant has been insatiably artistic writing stories, poetry, dancing and acting were his methods of expression. He attended Meadowbrook High school, where his love for art lay dormant while the experiences of life taught and grew him. Meandering between different forms of art over his life, D’viant eventually realized his love for performing and thus uses the stage as a medium to let his expressions reach the masses.

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