Jeremy Gabriel Peña

Jeremy Gabriel Peña is a 21 year old artist born and raised in Houston, Texas. He began writing poetry at the age of 18 as a way to spontaneously and creatively express.

Predominately a dancer, Jeremy has been a bboy under HAVIKORO Crew since 2008 and has been breakin' since 2005. 
Being able to travel around the world to compete and teach dance, Jeremy has been inspired by many different environments and cultures.



Marie Brown

Marie Brown is a performance poet born in San Antonio, now living in Houston, TX. Marie was ranked 8th nationally with the Houston Poetry Slam Team in 2002. She was the first female to win the Texas Blue Bonnet Poetry Slam in Conroe, TX, 2007. She has released three compact discs of her poetry, Ruby Do Hair, 2003, Home-Grown, 2005, and Ready Or Not, 2009. Marie has volunteered as a mentor, coach, and judge for the N.A.A.C.P. Act-So Poetry Division since 2005. Marie's recent works include the Ruby Do Hair Exhibition which included paintings, poetry, singing, dancing, sculpture, music and film. The Ruby Do Hair Exhibition was held at the historical Carver Culture Art Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, October 2011 and again at the Houston Community College Art Gallery East Campus, April 2012. Other Poetry performances include The Word Around Town Tour, 2011, and ThoughtCrime Poetry Showcase 2010.



Zelene Pineda Suchilt

Zelene Pineda Suchilt- Born in Mexico City,  a social architect in the tradition of Bill Wilson, whose mediums consist of community organizing, poetry and paint. When she was a in middle school and part of the Nuestra Palabra Latina Girls Writing Group, she had a chance meeting with Sandra Cisneros that changed her life. By the time she turned 17 she created  the Word Around Town Town Poetry Tour inspired by the artists and poets of inner City Houston. She remains a huge fan and believer of the Houston poetry, art, and music scenes. In 2009 she became a recipient of the Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz Young Visionary Award by the Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago.
Zelene is also an alum of the University of Texas at El Paso, where her heart still roams and desert sunsets reign her poetry. She was part of the Stanton Street Poetry Collective and Colectivo Vagon in Juarez, she remains involved with the Mujeres de la Tierra: Bi-National All Female Art Show.
In September 2012 Zelene received her Greencard and now lives in New York City where she works for The New York Immigration Coalition on education issues. She's involved with Art for Change and The New York Foundation of The Arts Immigrant Artists Program. You can follow her on Twitter @rebelenenyc or check out a her out-dated blog,



Z.M. Wise

Z.M. Wise is a poet and poetry activist who has been writing since his first steps as a child. He has been a written word poet for over almost two decades and a spoken word poet for three years. He is also an Assistant Editor of Harbinger Asylum, a Houston-based, but internationally known poetry magazine.

In addition to that, he hosts a weekly reading at San Jacinto College, as well as hosting at Coffee Oasis and co-hosting at Taft St. Coffee. The motto that keeps him going consists of two simple, but powerful words: POETRY LIVES! Mr. Wise will make sure to spread that message and the love of poetry, making sure it remains vibrant for the rest of his days and beyond.



Winston Derden is a former journalist, fiction writer, and poet who resides in Houston. His short story “Rubato” appears in the anthology Able To . . . edited by Neil Ellis Orts. His poetryappears in New Texas, the Texas Poetry Calendar 2011 and 2012, the Houston Poetry Festival anthology 2010 and 2012, Words and Art, Harbinger Asylum, Harbinger Asylum Anthology,Pink-Eye Lemonade, Big River Poetry Review, Illya’s Honey, and the Anthology of the Poetry Society of Texas 2012. He is a lifetime member of Gulf Coast Poets and appears as a featured reader at Houston-area poetry readings.

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