Poets

 
Alex Dang is a poet from Portland, Oregon. He was the youngest team member to ever join the Nationals team for the Portland Poetry Slam and has competed in NPS for 3 consecutive years from 2013-2015. Alex is the Eugene Poetry Grand Slam Champion for 2014-2015.  His slam poems have been featured several times on Button Poetry and he has been a speaker at TEDxReno and TEDxUOregon. His debut book of poetry, You Can Do Better, was published through Where Are You Press in 2014. He has four things in common with Hamlet:  words, words, words, and an affinity for stabbing curtains. He is the Burger Master.


Ashe Vernon has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she found poetry when she most needed it. Her words first hit the stage in the tiny town of Lufkin, Texas and since then she has been featured in two poetry anthologies and published a collection of poetry all her own–Belly of the Beast, via Words Dance Publishing. She’s stumbled her way onto stages across Texas and is touring this summer with her best friend and partner in crime. At 5'2", Ashe is a very tiny person with very tiny hands and a whole lot to say about it. Her second book, Wrong Side of a Fist Fight was published by Where Are You Press in 2015. 

Clementine von Radics writes of love, loss, and the uncertainties and beauties of life with piercing bravura that speaks directly not only to the sensibility of her generation, but to anyone who has ever been young. An internationally touring poet, she has toured America and Europe performing spoken word. She is the author of clementinepoetry.com. Poems from her first two self-published works, Home and As Often As Miracles, were adapted into a song cycle for the Carnegie Hall debut of the opera singer Melody Moore. Her latest book, Mouthful of Forevers, was released in April 2015 by Andrews McMeel publishing. Her book was a #1 bestseller on Amazon and is available through Where Are You Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and in bookstores worldwide.


Blythe Baird is a spoken word poet, film actress, feminist, and finalist for the 2016 Global Young Achiever Award. She has represented the Twin Cities as well as Chicago at the most recent National Poetry Slams. At only 19 years old, her work has already received viral attention on the internet. Baird's poetry has been shared or featured by Ashton Kutcher, The Huffington Post, Write Bloody, Everyday Feminism, Button Poetry, HerCampus, and A-Plus, among others. Where Are You Press recently published Baird's first full-length book, GIVE ME A GOD I CAN RELATE TO, a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. 

Emily Griffin is a 21 year old writer and student based out of Portland, OR by way of Burlington, VT and Denver, CO. Her first chapbook, Radiance of the Grit, was published by Where Are You Press in 2013. Her second, something safe, was self-published with the help of graphic designer Nina Berry. Her work has appeared in Pathos, Winter Tangerine Review, and Voicemail Poems. She is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature while completing her thesis project on the work of Gertrude Stein and its reinvention.

Fortesa Latifi is a 21-year old poet/writer/bibliophile. She is trying her best. She has two books published by Where Are You Press. This Is How We Find Each Other was released in 2014 and we were young was published in 2015. Her work has also been published in Persona and Words Dance. She couldn’t stop writing if she tried. For bookings/interview requests, you can contact her at fortesa.latifi@gmail.com


 Kristina Haynes does not have an inside voice. She is an actress and sometimes-poet from Pennsylvania. Some of her work has appeared previously in Words Dance Magazine, SpliceLit, The New Old Stock, Winter Tangerine Review and more. She has two published collections of poetry, It Looked a Lot Like Love (Where Are You Press, 2013) and Chloe (Words Dance Publishing, 2015). She plans to eventually move to New York City and make strangers cry at piano bars. According to her, you can have your cake and eat it whenever you want.


Lora Mathis is a poet, musician, and artist whose work focuses on mental illness, femininity, and healing. They are the author of the Pushcart Prize nominated book, The Women Widowed to Themselves (2015)and host shows and curate zines on the idea of radical softness as a weapon. Their work can be read at loramathis.com


 Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance MagazineThe Harpoon ReviewMelancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won several national medals and awards for her writing, and is currently a Guest Editor for several literary magazines. She also recently founded her own literary magazine, Persephone's Daughters, dedicated to empowering female abuse survivors.


Michelle K. is a 23-year-old poetry blogger based out of the East Coast. In addition to writing, she is also a full-time professional and graduate student. Her favorite things include Gilmore Girls, brunch, studying WWII history, and feminism. She has enjoyed creative writing for as long as she can remember and regularly updates her blog. Her first book No Competition Between Flowers was published through Where Are You Press in 2016. For inquiries, please contact her at michellekpoems@yahoo.com.

 
Yena Sharma Purmasir is a 22 year old poet and author from New York City. Her first book of poetry, Until I Learned What It Meant, was published by Where Are You Press in 2013. A recent graduate from Swarthmore College, Yena has spent her first year of “real adulthood” doing a year’s worth of service at Hour Children, a non-profit supporting formerly incarcerated women and their children. Yena was the Queens Teen Poet Laureate for 2010-2011 academic year. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Chuck James Literary Prize from the Black Cultural Center at Swarthmore College. Most recently, she learned that she is one of Coffee Meets Bagel’s “top 10% most LIKED members.” She owes all of her success to her family and friends, who not only read her poems, but also continue to help her choose the perfect profile picture.