Chrishonda Crawford Smith aka CHRIS CRAWFORD, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and later came to Houston in the late 1980s.  Chris has been the featured poet at many poetry venues around Houston including Houston's longest running venue The Poetry Lounge. Chris has performed and won various poetry competitions around Houston. Chris has performed at The Nzuri Natural Hair Show Events, The IMPROV, Several Churches around the City, and many other places. Chris Crawford came second by .6 points for the 2014 Houston Performance Poet of the year for the Houston Poetry Festival.  To Chris her poetry means living out a God Given purpose and having fun while in the process.


BUCKY REA is founder at Invisible Lines, a troupe of poets who put other people's poetry on stage. Shows to date have featured the works of Debra Mathes, Salvador Macias, Samira Noorali, Alice Alsup, and Edgar Allan Poe. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1989 and embarked on a series of meaningless jobs. He won't talk about that; only the poetry matters. Well, poetry and art. And love. And puppies. In the 1990s he published a few chap books for Houston performing poets to highlight the written and visual wordcraft of writers who prefer to reach their audiences through the ear. He has served as Events Coordinator for the Houston Poetry Fest since 2012. In 2015 he was selected to serve on Frenetic Theater's year-long Artist Board program.



JORDAN SIMPSON is a writer, performance poet, and percussionist from Bronx New York whose family history roots back to Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica.Currently residing in Houston, TX, Jordan has acquired city, state, national, and international rankings within his past 3 years, including ranking 4th in the southwest region of the United States in Slam poetry, and ranking 10th in the world at the largest youth international poetry festival in the world, Youth Speak's Brave New Voices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July of 2014. Simpson Continues to perform, lecture, and workshop around the nation at various city, national, and international levels. Jordan uses his poetry not only to inspire others, but to also aid himself in his venture for identity and peace through writing.



CORINNA DELGADO is a first generation Japanese- American, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.
Formerly a Radio Broadcaster, Reporter, and News Anchor in Alaska, Delgado left a life of Journalism and Public Communications to start over in Houston, TX. Delgado  has also published 3 books: ‘Icarus: A Lesson in Flying’, ‘The Ink Seed: Writing as Therapy’ and 'Like Scissors to Sampson, and other ways to come undone'. 

Delgado has won 2 State-Wide poetry Championships, ranked Nationally within the top ten performance poets with PSI (Poetry Slam Incorporated), and took the stage at TEDx Anchorage, performing a multi-media poetic monologue entitled "The Divine Connection of the Human Condition".  

Corinna is a dedicated humanitarian. Her work as an advocate and activist is spent championing causes from Art to ending Domestic Violence. Delgado currently spearheads a Prisoner Rights Initiative called The Artistic Amnesty Project; a correspondence network for incarcerated artists. She has been teaching her 3 part Thereputic Writing Course "Writing as Therapy" in schools districts and correctional facilities across Alaska for over a decade. Delgado has served as the Development Director for AWAIC (The Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis Shelter) and continues to use her broadcast connections and art to serve as a platform for human rights issues. A sought after public speaker, Corinna has been an emcee and key note speaker for such groups as The United Way, The NAACP, The National Endowment for The Arts, and The YWCA, to name a few. 

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Mary Wemple

Mary Wemple is the creator and coordinator of Words & Art, a reading series of poetry and prose inspired by the art at Rice University Art Gallery.  She also leads the critique group, Poets in the Loop.  Previous publications include Spikey Palm and Houston Poetry Fest Anthology 2005 and 2009.





Death in the Lunch Room


The TV in the lunch room

finally died.
Larry from the print shop
can’t revive it anymore
no matter how much he slaps it.
It stopped responding
and sits there quietly reflecting
the windows and the traffic outside.
It used to chatter 
to the microwave about
current events, fashion, celebrities.
But the microwave only wanted
to talk about hunger, lines of waiting,
and the ways food could explode.
“The world isn’t all about lunch,” said the TV
in its final days.
The microwave only hummed
as it turned things around inside
and patiently counted backwards.
Mary Wemple