Karen (aka Karen G.) is a decade-plus slam manager, poet, fanatic, host, and organizer in the Atlanta area. She curated events twice for The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, Ladyfest South and Estrofest’s Seen + Heard Festival and served on the board of directors for the first Rock Camp For Girls’ (ATL). She is a performer, host, organizer and coach for Art Amok! and partners with the nation’s oldest feminist bookstore, Charis Books & More in running Cliterati. She’s coached ten teams to compete at the annual National Poetry Slam. She’s been an Assistant Tournament Director, volunteer and emcee for the Individual World Poetry Slam and the Tournament Director and competing poet in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. By day she works behind the book spines at Emory University’s General Library. Karen is also the current corporate Secretary for Poetry Slam, Inc.
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Geoff Kagan Trenchard
Geoff received his Juris Doctorate from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra in 2014. During his time there he was awarded the Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship, and received awards from both the Equal Justice Works and the Public Justice Foundation. After graduating he was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship to serve indigent LGBTQ asylum seekers with Immigration Equality and help train students in the Hofstra Asylum Clinic. He was admitted to practice in New York in 2015.
Before law becoming an attorney, Geoff taught creative writing and performance for over 10 years. He facilitated workshops with Youth Speaks, Urban Word NYC, Administration for Children’s Services facility at Bellevue, Bailey House, Rikers Island, San Quentin State Prison, and in high-needs schools all over the United States. He has led professional development programs for NYU’s “Preemptive Education” program and Berklee College of Music.
His writing has been featured on HBO, TEDx, and Upworty. His poems have been published in published in numerous journals including Word Riot, Union Station Magazine, and Freeze Ray. He has received commissions for theatrical work from the National Performance Network, Dance Theater Workshop, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the City of Oakland. His first collection of poems, Murder Stay Murder, is available from Penmanship Books.
Geoff received his Bachelor of Arts from the New School, graduating with honors and a double major in Creative Writing and Psychology. He completed two theses- an examination of the pathologies of Male on Male Sexual Assaults in prisons and a discussion of developmental psychology as it applies to sex abuse in the Catholic Church. He was awarded a fellowship with the Riggio Writing and Democracy Program.
Geoff lives in Brooklyn with his partner, their 2 kids, and a fish named Bo.
Wess Mongo Jolley
Mongo is an information management professional with over 35 years of experience in the field. He recently retired after 22 years as the Records Manager at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and is the former interim manager of the Special Collections Library at the College. In these two roles, he developed a keen interest and had extensive experience in historical preservation issues, as well as information technology, data system design, and digital record keeping.
Mongo is also a poet and poetry promoter, who has extensive experience in new media. He was the host of the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast, which produced over 1600 shows and delivered more than nine million downloads over a ten year span, ending in 2016. Having worked with venue hosts across the country, as well as having networking connections with nearly 600 performance poets and luminaries, he is very well connected in the performance poetry world. To visit Mongo's personal website, please click here.
Thomas G. Bouliane
Tom's career dealt mainly with the design, construction and installation of communications systems. His papers, "A Calculator Program for Predicting Sound System Performance" and "Intelligibility Mapping Through Array Persepctive Analysis" were poetry only to the attendees of the 1981 and 1982 Audio Engineering Society Conventions. He retired as a Senior Systems Engineer from General Electric in 2007 and resides in Boston, Massachusetts. The conceptualization, presentation, organization, management, documentation and training skills he developed while pursuing his career are being applied to P4’s administrative aspects.
He is also the father of Gabrielle Bouliane, deceased, who was a performance poet, videographer, Slammaster, and a fervent advocate for performance poets and their art form. Mr. Bouliane continues his daughter’s pursuit through P4.
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
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Cristin is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction writer and poet. She is the author of six books of poetry including Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent, Oh, Terrible Youth and Everything is Everything. On the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) podcast Art Works, host Josephine Reed introduced Cristin as being “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene." Most recently, Cristin's nonfiction Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine debuted at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Books about Health.
Cristin’s most recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, was released by Write Bloody Publishing in Fall 2013, and would go on to win the Writers’ League of Texas Book of the Year Award for Poetry (2013-2014). For more information, visit her personal website.
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Marty is the author of wine for a shotgun which received the Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards. She is also a seven-time National Poetry Slam team member, the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion, and appeared twice on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” McConnell’s work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2014, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement, as well as journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Willow Springs, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard, and Beloit Poetry Journal, among others.
Marty was recently selected for a residency at Hedgebrook, and debuted a collaborative and interactive performance experience entitled ''when they say you can't go home again, what they mean is you were never there,'' with installation artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro through a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. She has performed and facilitated workshops at schools and festivals around the country, including The Dodge Poetry Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Wicker Park Arts Festival, Connecticut Poetry Festival, Cornell University, University of Utah, James Madison University, Old Dominion, University of Connecticut, University of Arkansas, DePaul University, and more. She lives in Chicago, and travels the country performing and leading workshops, as well as coaching individuals in moving toward their best lives. To learn more, visit her personal website.