January 22nd : Andy Karol
Andy Karol is a poet and performer based out of Chicago. Although Andy has only been in the poetry scene for a couple of years, she is no stranger to connecting with audiences through a rich history of theatre, performance art, and photography. That connection has been recreated, tested, and driven through her own performance poetry shared on numerous stages all around Chicago (and beyond).
This past May, Andy released her debut chapbook, Fail-Safe, that dives hard into the issues of relationships, living authentically, gender and sexuality, parenting, and personal mental struggles. This July, she was a semi-finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards and is most recently a member of the Lethal Poetry collective. Be sure to stay in touch with Andy at www.andykarol.com and on Facebook.
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Mojdeh is a 4x award winning writer, performer, photographer, educator, and conceptual fine artist.
She burst into the performance scene at 14, her theater & music talents captured the attention of an agent at 16, and has shared the stage with folks like Saul Williams, Pere Ubu, John Legend, many HBO Def poets, and several fine arts performance artists since.
Her fine art has been exhibited in Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, and New York City. Her photography & writing have been published by many media sources & journals including WBEZ, Alarm Press, Chicago Now, and Muzzle Magazine. She has released five albums of music and poetry independently. She is a member of »radiant devices«, and recently published her first book “born into dissonance.”
Mojdeh has represented Chicago multiple times to National Poetry Slam events like Individual World Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Slam, and Rustbelt ’14. As a slam poetry coach, she teaches youth competing in Louder Than A Bomb and adults competing in the National Poetry Slam.
She’s been an executive producer for festivals like Lethal Poetry’s Nights of Sight & Sound, the world’s largest mobile art show Art On Track, and one of Chicago’s PSi certified slams, Words That Kill. Mojdeh received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the founder Lethal Poetry Inc and LUCID Art Lab, an arts organizations that activate artists as social servants.
July 17th : Jessica Fenlon
June 19th : Aja Zakiya Hall
AJA ZAKIYA HALL is a Chicago native and Second City alumnus. She has taught performance and visual arts, along with creative writing and poetry in Chicago Public Schools and had the honor of serving as a Rites of Passage Favilitator and Writing Coach to HS students in West Africa. She will be sharing poetry, song and monologue, as well as a short story or two. Aja is a healer and uses Interdisciplinary Arts and Energy Therapies as her tools.
Stephanie Lane Sutton
STEPHANIE LANE SUTTON is a poet, performer, and educator. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Radius, THRUSH, elimae, and Button Poetry, among others. She is the author of a chapbook, Blood Dowry. Her full-length manuscript was a finalist for the Write Bloody Publishing ’13 book contest, and she is currently under consideration as a semifinalist for the Tired Hearts Press ’14 chapbook contest. As a slam poet, she has represented Chicago in numerous competitions, including as a semifinalist at the National Poetry Slam ’13 and as the Mental Graffiti venue rep at the Women of the World Poetry Slam ’13. She holds a degree in Poetry from Columbia College and teaches poetry in Chicago Public Schools.
Featured performance at Rape Victim Advocate’s Breaking the Silence, a spoken word event featuring local Chicago artists in protest of sexual violence.
March 20th, 2014
Come check out Surviving the Mic’s very first feature, Amy David!
Amy David has represented Chicago four times at the National Poetry Slam, including team semi-final appearances in 2007 and 2013. Her work has appeared in journals including Foundling Review, Shit Creek Review, November 3rd Club, Writers’ Bloc, The Bakery, Danse Macabre, Word Riot, Super Arrow, Clockwise Cat, Alight, Right Hand Pointing, and Full of Crow.