Daniel McTaggart – 1st State of WV Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Daniel McTaggart’s poetry has been published in Kestrel, Backbone Mountain Review, and Amomancies. Most of it has been written in several local diners near Morgantown, WV. He is the editor of “Diner Stories: Off the Menu” from Mountain State Press. – Amazon
Chris Vannoy – 1st State of CA, San Diego Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Chris Vannoy from San Diego, has been writing for most of his life. Promoter, editor, teacher, and tireless advocate of words both heard and spoken; he works endlessly to raise up words from page to ear and from mouth to the air. He is the originator of the Poet’s Tree featured and open reading series, as well as editor of the Poet’s Tree Press. Chris has been published in Ghosts of the Beatnik Poets, City Works, The Writing Center, Tokes anthologies, Visions, and Step Jazz magazines. He has participated in San Diego’s Quincy Troupe’s “Artist’s on the Cutting Edge” series, Lollapalooza Spoken Word Tent, Border Voices Poetry in the Park, Tearing the Curtain 3, and a poetry exchange between San DiegoAnd Orange County. He was one of twenty-five San Diego Poets featured in the Exploded Views CD and two CDs from San Diego based group Wormhole. In 1998 Mr. Vannoy was published in the Poetry Calendar and JOE’S JOURNAL Best of the Beach. In 2000, he read at Mills College in Oakland, and at The West Coast Regional slam at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California. Latest books published by Baxter Daniels Ink Press are: “A Strange Summer” (2014) where much of his performance poetry is compiled and “ The Rest of It” recently released this year.
Paul Richmond – 1st State of MA Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Paul Richmond artist and performer for 45 years. Created Human Error Publishing, organizes monthly readings and annual Word events / festivals, publishes independent writers. Four books; “No Guarantees – Adjust and Continue.”, “Ready or Not – Living in the Break Down Lane” and “Too Much of a Good Thing – In the land of Scarcity – Breeds Contempt” “You Might Need A Bigger Hammer”. Fifth book due out 2017. Published in numerous journals, anthologies, a featured poet here and abroad. www.humanerrorpublishing.com
Ngoma Hill – 1st State of NY, New York State Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Ngoma Hill is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, Artivist and paradigm shifter, who for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought. A former member of Amiri Baraka’s “The Spirit House Movers and Players” and the contemporary freedom song duo”Serious Bizness”, Ngoma weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful world. Ngoma was the Prop Slam Winner of the 1997 National Poetry Slam Competition in Middletown, CT and his been published widely. He was featured in the P.B.S spoken word documentary The Apropoets with Allen Ginsburg. Ngoma has curated and hosted the poetry slam at the Martin Luther King Family Festival of Social and Environmental Justice at the Yale/Peabody Museum since 1995. He was also selected to participate in the 2009 Badilisha Poetry Xchange in Capetown, South Africa. In December of 2011 He was initiated as a Priest of Obatala in Ibadan, Nigeria. In June of 2013 he was initiated as a Priest of Ifa.
James Paul Wagner – 1st State of NY, Long Island Beat Poet Laureate
James P. Wagner (Ishwa) is an editor, publisher, award-winning fiction writer, essayist, performance poet, and alum twice over (BA & MALS) of Dowling College. He is the publisher for Local Gems Poetry Press and the Senior Founder and President of the Bards Initiative, a Long Island based non-profit dedicated to using poetry for social improvement. He has been on the advisory boards for the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. James also helped with the Dowling College Writing Conference. His poetry is also used to autism advocacy, having appeared at the Naturally Autistic Conference in Vancouver and in Naturally Autistic Magazine, as well as his essays. James believes poetry is alive and well and thoroughly enjoys being a part of poetic culture. His most recent collection of poetry is Ten Year Reunion.
Viviana Grell/Viviana Duncan – 1st State of NY, New York City Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Viviana Grell was shot out of her mother’s uterus landing in Argentina. At age 10 landed in New York City, learned English with words becoming a weapon of expression. At age 17 thanked her parents for being transportation to get to this planet and left. Her mission as a writer is pushing boundariers of sex, religion and politics. She has a law career, hosts the Spanish radio show “Accidents Your Power and Justice” on WPAT AM, hosts her uncensored open mic “Stark Reality Open Mic” in NYC, organizes Singles over 40 events in NYC.
Annie Sauter – 1st State of CO Beat Poet
Annie Sauter is a poet of the loud and rowdy variety. She has been published in multiple journals, collections, magazines and underground press publications over the years. She has also had her work published by Berkeley Women’s Collective, Bright Hill Press, Great Weather for Media Press, Maverick Press, and the Alternative New Years Day Collection, Poetrybay, and in Reality Beach. Her Book A Plastic Bag of Red Cells was published by Bright Hill Press. In Colorado she was just featured at the Millardi Theatre, in The In The Moment: Life Art Performance event. She frequently writes about the political and street scenes of the 1960s and 1970s, and later of children and rural life. Lately trailer park living has occupied the pages. In the 60s and 70s shewas published by The Rat, The Berkeley Tribe and the Berkeley Women’s Collective press. She is a watercolor and acrylic painter. She lives in a trailer in Almont, Colorado She has two grown daughters.
Carlo Parcelli – 1st State of MD Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Carlo Parcelli studied and worked for many years with the Joyce/Wake scholar, Dr. Rudd Fleming, who translated Greek drama with Ezra Pound while Pound was incarcerated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. He has published two books in the style of Pound’s Cantos, ‘Three Antiphonies’ and ‘Fernparallelismus’. He has also published a series of 88 monoloues, ‘The Gospel According to Simon Kananaios: A Meditation on Empire’ based on David Jones’ monologues of a Roman principalis in his volume ‘The Sleeping Lord’. Carlos has a forthcoming epic poem about a fictitious First Century Roman cynic philosopher called ‘Canus Ictus in Exilium’ (Dog Bite in Exile). His work, generally excerpted, has appeared in a number of journals including Exquisite Corpse, Make It New, Brave New World and Science as Culture. He has performed his work, especially ‘The Gospel’ at dozens of venues including the Boog Poetry Festival, The National Beat Poetry Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club and Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. He is currently an editor at Flashpoint magazine
www.flashpointmag.com, an online journal largely devoted to high-Modernist poetics.
Ernel Grant – 1st State of CT Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Ernel O. Grant Poetz Realm Owner/Founder September 2006- Present. Poetz Realm, a family owned business, was founded in 2006 by Ernel Grant. Poetz Realm is a place where artists get together and share in their artistry (i.e. spoken word, poetry, and emceeing, singing, verbal expression). Ernel established Poetz Realm in an effort to continue providing the Bridgeport community with a positive and uplifting venue. The 2011 Connecticut Poetry Team was put together by Poetz Realm and Verbal Slap Productions in an effort to have a well represented team from the state. Efforts to put another team together for the National Slam this year are already underway. Various clothes drives were conducted by Poetz Realm to assist less fortunate members of the community. Along with the clothes drives attempts to collect school supplies, back packs and art supplies were also done throughout the years. Ernel was introduced to spoken word in 2000 due to needing an outlet for expression. He has been wrapped up in poetry and the performing arts since then. He is also a founding member of “The Bulanians”, a spoken word group who revitalized the art form in the Hartford area. Young artists can perform poems, music and dance in an attempt to share their talents. This is open to all ages and takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. This workshop allows generations to have fun and learn together.
Marci Payne – 1st State of NJ Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Marci Payne is an American author, photographer, and musician living in Northern New Jersey. Her main influences are American Roots music, Russian Authors, and Italian food. She lives alone with her memories and an imaginary cat.