Suzi Q. Smith lives with her brilliant daughter in Denver, Colorado. She is the founding Slammaster of Slam Nuba, and she is currently among the highest ranked slam poets in the nation. Her work has appeared in a few literary magazines and anthologies, and she lives her life performing and teaching poetry and a bit of music.
Mary McDonough is a poet, student, and activist living and working in Denver. They were a member of Denver Minor Disturbance in 2009, and have been a part of the Minor Disturbance staff the last three years, most recently serving as head coach. They are currently compiling their first manuscript of original work, and are the Youth Outreach Coordinator for MD.
Rebecca Preston is a poet, artist, activist, and three-time University graduate from Denver, CO. She is a veteran of Minor Disturbance, Denver Mercury Slam, Vox Feminista, and a multitude of collaborative and private performance groups for over a decade. Named as the Boulder Slam Champion two years running, she is a recognizable name in the Colorado Slam community.
Jozer is a professional poet, actor, and Hip-Hop artist from Denver, CO. His work as been featured on HBO as well as PBS. Jozer combines language , story telling and Hip-Hop to create art that inspires and moves people all over the country.
Franklin Cruz is a Mexican biology student, art advocate, community organizer who’s writing reflects Mexican culture, family relationships, historical identity and queer identity. A poetry facilitator emphasizing the crucial significance of self-identification through writing as tool for empowerment Franklin aims to connect readers to his identity in hope to inspire them to do the same.
Kyle Sutherland is a full time college student, poet, emcee, and Minor Disturbance Alumni. He was a part of the 2010 Minor Disturbance team which placed 4th in the world and was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices and he currently serves as the standing President of the Denver Hip Hop Congress. He has taught workshops from the elementary to the college level in poetry and hip hop.
Stephen Garcia is a poet, actor, artist, social activist and former member of the Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Team. For three years in a row he has ranked among the top four slam teams in the Brave New Voices International Slam competition. Two of those years as a Brave New Voices grand slam champion. Born and raised in Denver, CO Stephen incorporates all aspects of life into his work focusing on his Samoan and Mexican culture, his identity as a queer brown male and much more. His work has been taught to youth all over the country and has been featured in New Zealand.
Ken Arkind is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, and is the current Director of the Denver Youth Poet Laureate program.