Windsor Poetry Slam
the 2018 windsor poetry slam team!
Avery is a First Nations poet and it is her first time on the Windsor Poetry Slam team. Originally writing French poetry and plays, she now writes in both English and French. She works in cultural coordination and aboriginal affairs for the French Catholic school board.
Nathanya is so excited to be returning to the Windsor Slam Team as the 2018 Grand Slam Champion! Nathanya is a poet, playwright and storyteller. Nathanya is a graduate of the University of Windsor with a double major in Drama & Creative Writing. Her poems are attempts at scooping out her own insides and examining them. Though she does not have a medical degree, she hopes these attempts will show her how she ticks. Her attempts are unapologetically queer, feminist, and political. Apparently, that's what she's made of mostly.
Benny Alexander is a poet hailing from Windsor, Ontario. He has been writing since a very young age and has been performing his poetry in Ontario and Michigan for over 6 years. Benny Alexander is proud to boast that after 4 years of performing and competing he is now a current member of the 2018 Windsor Poetry Slam team! He is also the host of Toast Open Mic Poetry and is an advocate for art of all kinds in his community.
Kat Moscone is two time Windsor Grand Slam Champion and the 2016 CIPS representative. Her poetry craft bleeds into her story and song writing, and she spends her time practicing and advancing in all three fields. Outside of the Windsor Poetry Slam, Kat is a musician and artist. Through her past 3 years of doing slam poetry, she has found her voice speaking about the queer black experience, and garnered mass support from her friends, family, SlamFam*, and the poetry community. She hopes to spread the joy of poetic expression and help people perfect the craft of embracing vulnerability.
Erik E-Tomic Johnson is a local hip-hop lyricist, vocalist and poet. He started his performance career in high school as a backup vocalist for his elder brother Mr. Joshua Johnson a local R&B singer. Erik then stepped into the limelight when he began competing in local rap battles, and numerous ciphers as well as performing his spoken word poetry at numerous functions and open mics.
Samantha Badaoa is Windsor's 2015 (and first ever)Grand Slam Champion and a three-time member of the Windsor Poetry Slam team. Her work has been published by Black Moss Press and Windsor Salt. She has also edited books for Windsor publisher Black Moss Press. Samantha has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and is currently studying Accounting at the University of Windsor. She is the current Slammaster for the Windsor Poetry Slam and this is her second year coaching the WPS team.