Shelly Bell, Organizer
Shelly Bell is a certified Virginia educator, performance poet and published author who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She is the founder of Seven City Art Society, a community art organization based in Alexandria, Virginia focused on fostering human interactions using art and technology. Shelly was a member of the 2011 Busboys and Poets Slam Team. She was nominated in the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards for Community Oriented Poet (2011), Best Poet / Spoken Word Artist - DC, Maryland, and Virginia (2011), and Poet of the Year - Baltimore (2010). She has been featured as a spoken word artist in two stage plays; co-hosted at the Busboys and Poets restaurant; performed at George Washington University, University of MD Eastern Shore, the Black LUV Festival and the National Poetry Awards, as well as a host of other venues around the country.
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H Alejaibra Sloan, Co-Organizer
H Alejaibra Sloan is a writer, socialite and passionate art fanatic. He keeps the organizer of Seven City Art Society organized. Without Alejaibra you would be attending events on the shores of random boring places evaluating toe jam and soda pop. Basically, he is the engine behind Shelly whose the vehicle keeping Seven City Art Society in motion!
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Drew "Droopy The Broke Baller" Anderson, Host/Workshop Facilitator of Soul Sessions
Drew Anderson aka "Droopy the Broke Baller" is the master of multi-dimensional mania. Audiences struggle with whether to label him "comedian" or "poet", "MC" or "emcee", but they never struggle to label his explosive exploits as entertaining. An award-winning filmmaker, veteran educator, and host of DC's legendary "Spit Dat" open mic, Droopy is known lovingly as "The Black Weird Al Yankovic" for his infamously hilarious spoofs of popular songs. His latest critically-acclaimed CD, "The Bully: The Aww-Dacity of Broke", won the Award for Best Spoken Word Album at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). Droopy enjoys jogging in the middle of impending hurricanes, writing in the middle of impending heartache, and drafting bios that make him look ultimately cooler than he truly is.
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Pages Matam, Write Before Spit Dat Workshop Facilitator
As a spoken word artist from the DC metropolitan area, the same versatility upon grabbing a mic to take his audience on a journey in his pen, is also embodied in his performance. PAGES is a poet and emcee originally from Cameroon, Africa. His features have included The Kennedy Center; colleges and universities such as Columbia University; & BETJ Lyric Café. He has touched stages with the likes of Ainsley Burrows and Oveous Maximus, opened for Raheem DeVaughn & Chrisette Michelle, Afrika Bambaat to name a few. He is also founder and co-president of Da Movement Poetz, a performance based arts group geared towards reaching mainly young adults via the arts. In addition to winning multiple local slams, he is also the 2010 DC Grand Slam Champion, two-time member of the Busboys and Poets DC Slam team (which finished in top 13th in the nation in 2011 National Poetry Slam Competition), and co-hosts GraffitiDC, one of D.C.’s newest ground-breaking premier Slam Series presented by Beny Blaq Ent. Currently, if he is not somewhere rocking a stage, he works as a creative writing teacher and leads workshops throughout various universities, and elementary to high schools.
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