Check out our panel of esteemed judges!
Priscilla Rice is an actor, writer, and mother. She is currently a Cara Mia Theatre Co. ensemble member, and has appeared in several CMTC plays, including “Crystal City 1969”, “The House on Mango Street”, “Nuestra Pastorela”, “Milagritos”, “The Dreamers Part 1: A Bloodline,” and most recently, “Zoot Suit.” She will soon be appearing in Teco Theatrical Productions, Inc.’s “PlayPride Festival”. Priscilla studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, and was a journalist prior to pursuing her passion for theater. She is the co-founder of “Verse & Rhythm,” a monthly spoken word event held at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Her poem “Sra. Petrita” will soon be part of an art installation and anthology entitled “Dress Codes,” curated by poet/author Tammy Gomez. She is also an enthusiastic Brazilian samba dancer and a lover of foreign languages and cultures.
I am Baba Mahari, Anthony Douglas or A.D. depending on how long you’ve known me. I’m an Original Founding Member of The Zawadi Writers of Ft. Worth, Spoken Images and The Ft. Worth Poetry Slam Team. I am one half of Base Poetry performance movement. I’ve published several books of poetry/prose and produced some Spoken Word CD’s. I simply wish to be of Service and Inspire people to Research and Examine real life issues; then Imagine and Manifest something Better than what is.
Janean Livingston is a reknown poetess from Fort Worth. With sharp cheekbones, a short Afro, and an electric smile, the fortysomething Fort Worth native is commanding. Her glowing charm and loud, smoky voice exude confidence. Born in Arizona, Livingston moved here with her family when she was young. After graduating from Eastern Hills High School in 1980, she went to UTA on a track scholarship. (Douglas said that at one point she was rated one of the fastest women in the country.) Problems with the scholarship forced her out of college and into the working world, where she’s been a U.S. postal worker for more than two decades. She’s a single mother of two and CEO and founder of SWAV (Sistah’s With A Vision), a local support group. (taken from examiner.com by Pat Hauldren)
GNO is a veteran poet and current coach of Dallas Poetry Slam. He is well-respected and entertaining both on and off stage.
B Randall is a local poet and host and Author of Mauve Morning A Picture of Words In Stages This year B Randall celebrates her 5 Season with The Black Academy of Arts And Letters as Host of Poetry Smash, 4. Seasons as Host of Verse and Rhythm at Oak Cliff Cultural Center and 9 Seasons at South Dallas Cultural Center as host of The longest running all female poetry show in the DFW “In The Words Of A Sistah”. Several of B’s shows have become breakout shows such as In The Words Of A Sistah, Will A Real Man Take The Mic and Poetry Is My Praise (catch Poetry Is My Praise 9-19-15http://poetryismypraise.eventbrite.com). B. is a true lover of the poetic arts and encourages artist Touch Move and Inspire… thank you for your service, xo