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Iliza: Elder Millennial Tour

Iliza: Elder Millennial Tour

Iliza is one of today's leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows. Iliza recently premiered Elder Millennial, her fourth Netflix stand up special for the streaming service. The campaign featured her styled in classic looks from the late 90s/early 00s. Her past specials War Paint, Freezing Hot and Confirmed Kills has made her as one of the top comedians working today.

Radha Agrawal

Radha Agrawal

Radha Agrawal is a community force. She is the co-founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, the early-morning dance and wellness movement that currently holds events in 25 cities and more than a dozen college campuses around the world and has a community of almost half a million people. She is a successful entrepreneur (co-founder THINX, LiveItUp), author, speaker, DJ, inventor and investor, and was named "one of eight women who will change the world" by MTV. Radha is also the recipient of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award and has spoken about social entrepreneurship and community building to audiences around the world.
Her new book BELONG: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life answers the questions "How the heck do I find my people?" and "How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?" Radha lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her love Eli, a baby on the way and her twin sister Miki-and lots of family and friends within a few blocks. You can most often find her tinkering with community and experience design projects, or on the dance floor at Daybreaker in New York City (if she's not dancing at sunrise in another part of the world).
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What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood - Live Podcast

What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood - Live Podcast

Ain't no party like a Mom's-Night-Out party - which makes "What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood - Live!" the perfect show. Following the run of her wet-your-pants funny one-woman show Mother Load, which opened Blumenthal's Stage Door Theater in 2008, Amy Wilson returns to Charlotte, this time with podcast partner and comedy writer Margaret Ables. Together, they're two moms with tons of experience in parenting and in comedy, with the hilarious stories to prove it. Amy wrote a bestselling parenting book and has been a series regular on several sitcoms, while Margaret started out in standup, wrote for PBS Kids and MTV, and became a senior writer for Nickelodeon's "Nick Mom." Along the way, they also each became mothers of three children, now aged 6 to 15.
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Susie Films

Susie Films

Susie Films is hosting two nights of film screenings by Charlotte and North Carolina filmmakers associated with the best films to come from the 100 Words Film Festival at the Stage Door Theater. Susie Films is a full-service media company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operates across the United States and occasionally overseas. They are an experienced, diverse group steeped in the storytelling craft and experts in the art of modern moving pictures.

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Six Foot Scoundrel - Andrew Huggins (2:58)Expression - Allen Watts (3:20)
Lights - Blaine Pugh (8:34)Ghost Image - Katie Damien (6:02)
There Could Be Nothing After This - Andrew Huggins (3:45)Lindsay in the Making - Ashley Harmon (2:24)
Fake Emma - Kira Bursky and Robert Gowan (4:40)Barn Dance - Ted Richardson (2:43)
The Hidden - Chris Baker (4:15)Making Friends - David Sniadecki (4:26)
For Love - Kevin Murray (7:50)State of Emergency - Kelvin Edwards (5:11)
Dear Veronica - Wende Whitus (8:26)
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Welcome to Brookhill Exhibit

Welcome to Brookhill Exhibit

The community is invited to join us for a conversation about the relationship between the Brookhill Village Neighborhood Association, Myers Park UMC and Myers Park High School.

The Grand Slam

The Grand Slam

The Grand Slam: Imagine having some of the world's greatest poetry slam teams on one stage for an epic night or poetry and performance. Well imagine no more as Altlantas Art Amok(2018 poetry group piece champs) Baltimore's Slamageddon(National Poetry Slam Champs), Salt Lake City(National Poetry Slam Finalists), and SlamCharlotte (National Poetry Slam Champs) all converge under the Levine Tent to bring you the Grand Slam. This show will be a mix of traditional poetry slam competition and showcase. This show requires audience participation and energy so bring your friends and get ready to witness one of the greatest poetry slam on earth!

Atrium Health Day of Health

Atrium Health Day of Health

Join Atrium Health's Day of Health! Atrium Health is partnering with Discovery Place at their science lab where they will have fun giveaways, an interactive display on the immune system and a fun interactive photo booth.

Panel Discussion - Charlotte: Making of a Music City

Panel Discussion - Charlotte: Making of a Music City

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The new Charlotte Music Action plan provides a roadmap, but does Charlotte have what it takes to become renowned for music? Joni Deutsch, host of WFAE's Amplifier podcast, moderates a diverse panel of Charlotte music professionals in what is sure to be a lively conversation.
Panelists:
DJ Fannie Mae- DJ, Hip-Hop Artist
Joe Kuhlmann - The Evening Muse
Don Pitts - Sound Music Cities
Chris Garges - Old House Studios
Lonnie Davis - Jazz Arts Charlotte
Brandon Hinson- The Fillmore/Underground, Musician

R&D in the QC Podcast

R&D in the QC Podcast

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Live taping of R&D in the QC podcast with Tariq Bokhari and Larken Egleston

Panel Discussion - What is Authentic Community?

Panel Discussion - What is Authentic Community?

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In an era of digital silos, ideological shouting matches, and rapid neighborhood change, true community is ever-shifting and elusive. How do we find it, how do we build it, and why does it even matter?
Panelists:
Radha Agrawal- CEO & Co-Founder Daybreaker, Co-Founder THINX, Co-Founder LiveItUp, Author BELONG
Monica Holmes - Placemaking Program Manager, Charlotte Urban Design
Charlie Thomas- Program Director, Knight Foundation
Katie Levans - Co-Founder & Editor of Charlotte Agenda

Panel Discussion - How to Make it in Music: Ask an Expert

Panel Discussion - How to Make it in Music: Ask an Expert

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Are you a DIY musician who wants more gigs, more studio time, more fans, more connections? Are you curious about the ins and outs of the Charlotte music scene? This panel of local and regional pros, hosted by Joni Deutsch of WFAE's Amplifier, is the one for you.
Optional add-on: Stick around to join one of five roundtables to discuss the brand-new Charlotte Music Ecosystem Study and Action Plan, just released by the Music Everywhere CLT initiative.
Panelists:
Corri Smith - Black Wednesday
Mike Caulo- Merge Records
Chris Garges- Old House Studios
Tim Scott - Musician, Manager, Music Director
Mark Eckert- Producer/Artist Developer
Joe Kuhlmann- The Evening Muse
Brandon Hinson - Live Nation, 77 Artist, Bunker Hill Records

ILEA CHARLOTTE PARTNERS WITH CHARLOTTE SHOUT FESTIVAL:  COME TOGETHER: BUILDING COMMUNITY WITHIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

ILEA CHARLOTTE PARTNERS WITH CHARLOTTE SHOUT FESTIVAL: COME TOGETHER: BUILDING COMMUNITY WITHIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Program Schedule
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Check-In, Networking and Community Building
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Program with ILEA Charlotte Event Planning Specialists
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Additional networking/distribution of tokens to be used Blue Blaze Brewing set up on North Tryon

Join ILEA Charlotte for an engaging session featuring industry leaders on how you can strengthen your community through events. This program provides insider knowledge of what's involved in taking your neighborhood and community events beyond the usual to being notable and anticipated. Attendees should be prepared to learn and ask questions about how they can work with friends and neighbors to create better engagement and value to their next community gathering.

Carla Eusatche, CSEP/Style Perfect Events and David Klingel/The Event Professor are going to speak about small, medium and large community events. These range from Garage Sales, Community Dinners and Block Parties. They will outline how small enhancements can make big impressions and best practices for staying organized and tools to use for great turn outs.

Bryan Paschal/Paschal Event and Shawn Cosner/Third Rock Events are going to outline the requirements for larger scale events. These include essentials such as permitting for serving and alcohol, creating the proper infrastructure for events, layout and sponsorships. They will also outline volunteer engagement and resources available for smooth event execution and positive outcomes.

The program will be moderated by Annie Lewis, CSEP/Annie Lewis Event Planning.

Dine Around Sessions

Dine Around Sessions

Have you ever wanted the opportunity to discuss important topics with leaders and members of your community in a round table discussion? During Charlotte SHOUT! we will host several Dine Around sessions at participating restaurants at lunch time on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. Host and topic information are coming soon!

Queen City Podcast Network Stage

Queen City Podcast Network Stage

Charlotte's podcast community continues to grow as a source for news, information and entertainment. Join us for three days of live recordings of your favorite local podcasts at The Queen City Podcast Network Stage powered by OrthoCarolina, inside CoCo and the Director at 100 W. Trade Street.

Scheduled to Appear:
The Comedy Zone Podcast
The Yelp Charlotte Podcast
The Advent CoWorking Podcast
Prime After Prime
American Timelines
Charlotte Is Creative
The 1K Second Interview Podcast
Do Good Charlotte
20 Minute Morning Show
And many more!

The Biscuit Lounge

The Biscuit Lounge

Come visit "The Biscuit Lounge" inside of Charlotte SHOUT, hosted by #CharlotteIsCreative. Creative correspondents will help attendees decide what SHOUT! programming to check out next! Sip on delicious craft beer from Divine Barrel Brewing while a line-up of local DJs spin tunes inside this cool LED constructed lounge along Tryon Street.

City Walks: Discover Charlotte's neighborhood stories

City Walks: Discover Charlotte's neighborhood stories

City Walks are public walking or biking tours throughout May that highlight the city's neighborhoods. They're intended to inspire people to get better acquainted with their own neighborhoods, to learn about parts of the city they don't know well, and to connect with others living in Charlotte.

The walks are free and open to all. A few walks have limits on how many can participate due to space constraints. Registration is requested so participants can be contacted if the walk is canceled due to weather or other unexpected reasons.

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Kai Kight

Kai Kight

A VIOLINIST AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER WHO USES MUSIC AS A METAPHOR TO INSPIRE SELF-REALIZATION
As a classical violinist turned innovative composer, Kai Night uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations across the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his own mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world, Kai is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs mesmerizing original music and vulnerably shares stories from his own transformation as an artist. Kai translates these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments.
A product of Stanford University's design and engineering program, the d.school, Kai remains fascinated by the leaders, artists and companies who dare to be different. As both a Mayfield Fellow and Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow, Kai has proven himself a leader of the next generation of innovative and entrepreneurial talent. As a musician, Kai has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. As a speaker, he has created impactful experiences for audiences at conferences, companies and universities internationally. Some of his clients include The Walt Disney Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks. His mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

The Future of AI Is Here - Are We Ready?

The Future of AI Is Here - Are We Ready?

Self-driving vehicles? Check. Voice-activated smart assistants? Check. Online chatbots? Check. For those keeping score at home, the results are clear - the future of artificial intelligence is here. But there are some critical issues we need to explore, particularly when it comes to AI's impact on the workforce, education and civil society.

In this edition of the Forward Faster by Design Breakfast Series, we'll have local leaders in this field share their perspectives on some of the immediate and medium-term impacts of AI and machine learning. We'll also explore how individuals, organizations and communities can adapt to a world that is being disrupted in all sectors by rapidly advancing technologies.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast + Conversational Collisions
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Program + Q&A

Special Guests:

Eric Lewis
Director of Business Services
Charlotte Works
Jayesh Mori
Chief Product Officer
Tresata

Elyse Dashew
At Large Representative
CMS Board of Education

Ashley Joseph
Director, LeanTaas Labs
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Slam Poetry Workshop with Queen Sheba

Slam Poetry Workshop with Queen Sheba

Queen Sheba: Born in Detroit, MI, now living in Atlanta GA - Queen Sheba is a RRCA Certified Run Coach and also is the 2018 Creative Loafing People's Choice Spoken Word Artist of the year!

She also received the Gentlemen's Foundation 'Gentle Woman of Artistry' of the Year 2018 award for her work in the LGBT community for HIV Prevention.
A Int'l 4 Countries Slam Champion, two time National Poetry Slam Champ, three time Regional Poetry Slam Champ and a 'Women of the World' & Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist.

Sheba is also a featured performer on season two of Verses and Flow, brought to you by Lexus on TV One, and has been on Spoken, a featured poet on Lyric Café on BET, 106&Park, the Apollo and the feature length film 'Spit'.

Sheba has six albums, two of which were up for a Grammy under the Spoken Word category and she is a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee. Her works have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines including Vibe Online and the focus of college student's papers. Queen Sheba has two books: From Foster Care to Fame short stories and poems too long for three minutes and Run Ugly! A motivational book for runners.

With a Masters in Poetry from Queens University Spoken Word artist, motivational speaker, comedian, and bathroom concert singer, Sheba tours internationally and has conducted performances and workshops at over 200 colleges and universities domestic and abroad.

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EmpowHERment

EmpowHERment

EmpowHERment: a night with 3 of world's greatest spoken word artist. Alyesha Wise-Hernandez, Queen Sheba, and Natasha T. Miller are sure to captivate and inspire you to think, feel, and live with their words. They have traveled the globe and are in Charlotte for one night only to share their story so get your soul ready for a night of Women Wordsmiths.

Atrium Health Day of Hope Service Project

Atrium Health Day of Hope Service Project

Come participate in a CLT250 legacy project with Atrium Health! The Atrium Health team and community members will pack 250 hygiene kits to be donated to an uptown homeless shelter.

Reimagining the Future of Health and Care with Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA

Reimagining the Future of Health and Care with Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA

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Lighting talk on Reimaging the Future of Health and Care

Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA,is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for Atrium Health's enterprise strategy, including planning and tactical direction for the organization's current strategic roadmap and beyond. In addition, he spearheads a renewed focus on innovation, launching new healthcare inventions, discoveries and ideas to benefit our patients and the communities Atrium Health serves. He also provides executive leadership for corporate communications and marketing, showcasing Atrium Health as a meaningful, national brand.

With a wealth of experience and national expertise in healthcare innovation, analytics and patient-centered care design, Dr. Shrestha joined Atrium Health in February 2019. Previously, he served as Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he was responsible for driving UPMC's innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the payer-provider organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also served as Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of healthcare intelligence, technological expertise and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions to address complex healthcare challenges.
Dr. Shrestha is a respected thought leader and visionary in the field of healthcare information technology and was recently recognized as "Executive of the Year" by Healthcare Dive and was acknowledged as one of the "Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change" and as a "Top Healthcare Innovator" by InformationWeek. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is the Chairman of the HIMSS Innovation Committee, and Co-chair of Health Datapalooza.
Dr. Shrestha was the youngest student in his college in Malaysia and received his medical degree from CCS University in India. He went on to complete his training in radiology and his fellowship in informatics at the University of London. He also earned an MBA at USC's Marshall School of Business.

Keynote by Jessica Moss and Panel Discussion: When Art & Activism Collide

Keynote by Jessica Moss and Panel Discussion: When Art & Activism Collide

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Artists have always held a mirror up to society. But when do artists cross the line and become activists? Or does that line not exist? Join us as for a provocative talk and discussion led by artist and entrepreneur Jessica Moss, founder of the Roll Up CLT.
Jessica Moss - Founder of the Roll Up CLT
Bernard Singleton - CEJS University of Light
Rebecca Henderson- League of Creative Interventionists
SHAN Wallace - Artist
George Scheer - Elsewhere Museum
Tamika Wallace - Artist, activist, organizer
Michaela Pilar Brown - Artist

Panel Discussion - Summoning Your True Self Through Music

Panel Discussion - Summoning Your True Self Through Music

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In a world of noise, noise, and more noise, few things have the power to stop time like music. The lives of each of our panelists were transformed by music, and now they are each using music in different ways to change the lives of others.
Kai Kight- Violinist and Keynote Speaker
Mary Deissler- Executive Director of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Dennis Reed- Inspire The Fire

The Movement of Ideas with Ryan Gravel

The Movement of Ideas with Ryan Gravel

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Best known for his master's thesis and early work that launched the Atlanta Beltline, Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch. He recently completed the Atlanta City Design, which designs the city's inevitable change so that it grows into a better version of itself. Along with other projects at Sixpitch and his book, Where We Want to Live, (St. Martin's Press), Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava is an innovation and marketing expert, skilled facilitator, and keynote speaker. After a successful 15-year career as a brand and marketing strategist at two of the largest agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett), Rohit became an entrepreneur and has since started three companies. He is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of five books on topics as wide ranging as the future of business and building a brand with personality and has delivered sold out keynote presentations and workshops to business leaders in 32 countries. His signature book Non-Obvious is updated annually with 15 new trend predictions, has been read and shared by more than 1 million readers and is translated in ten languages. Rohit has been invited to share his insights at some of the most forward-looking organizations in the world including Intel, NASA, Disney, JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn, Microsoft, American Express, BP, the World Bank, Coca-Cola and hundreds of others.
Outside of his consulting work, Rohit also teaches his popular signature course on storytelling and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington DC and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at many other prestigious schools including Stanford and Wharton. For the past 14 years Rohit has also been writing his personal "Influential Marketing Blog" which has been featured in global media and named one of the top 25 marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine. He is regularly interviewed and featured as an expert commentator in global media including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR. Rohit also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine in Brazil on technology and trends.
Thanks to his many years of sharing insights, Rohit has been recognized alongside visionary business leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tom Peters as a "Top 100 Thought Leader In Trustworthy Business Behavior" and was named by global recruiting firm Korn Ferry as one of the "Most Influential South Asians In Media and Entertainment."
On a personal level, Rohit is married and lives with his wife and two young boys in the Washington DC area. He is a lifelong fan of anything having to do with the Olympics (he's been to five so far!), actively avoids anything having to do with cauliflower (yuck!) and believes that the most entertaining and impactful job he will ever have is being a great dad and teaching his sons to be kind when no one expects it, curious about the things others take for granted, and confident enough to change the world.


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Meet at the Braindate lounge for a creative twist on networking//intellectual speed-dating that's been deployed around the world wherever large crowds of smart people are gathered (like the Obama Foundation Summit, Ted Talks, and Airbnb).

Dubbed "Tinder for Thinkers," Braindate offers End-to-End goers a chance to meet like-minded, would-be friends/collaborators for a 30 minute IRL conversation about shared topics of interest. Teach, learn, and engage with peers and thought leaders alike.

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Join visiting thought-leaders and local legends for presentations, conversations, demonstrations and Braindates!

Topics will include: Tech Shaping Sustainable and Equitable Urban Development; Architecture & Urbanism; The Rise of Fintech; Tech in Visual and/or Musical Arts and Design; Tech Influencing Culinary Culture; Innovation in Community and Cultural Development; Motion Picture Industry, Nutrition and Fitness; Gaming & Recreation; and more.

Mainstage hosted inside the Ford Factory. Breakout sessions hosted in select Camp North End tenant spaces.

Full schedule of participating speakers and exhibitors TBA.

The Marathon Slam

The Marathon Slam

Three of the city's greatest poetry slam teams have come together for one day of back to back to back poetry slams. That's three different slams in three different venues all in a matter of hours. Can you keep up with these wordsmiths as they compete at the Harvey B. Gantt Center then move down to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library then race back up to the Levine Tent for the Grand finale? We hope because along with the poems the poets will moving...literally. So prepare yourself for a very unique poetry experience.

1130am-1230p
Slam at the Harvey B. Gantt Center
Hosted by Skinny Bully Slam

1pm-2pm
Slam at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Hosted by Respect Da Mic

230pm-330pm
Slam at the Levine Tent
Hosted by SlamCharlotte/Bullcity

4pm-5pm
Slam Poetry by BreatheInk Youth Poetry Team
Levine Tent
Free

BreatheInk Youth Poetry Team showcase at Levine Tent. BreatheInk is a youth poetry organization that has been working with teens in Charlotte Mecklenburg for 6 years, providing writing & performance workshops and, more importantly, a platform for their voices to be heard. These poets represent Charlotte at the Brave New
Voices international poetry festival & competition each year. They bring a hunger, tenacity and fearlessness to every stage they touch.

The Best of the Carolina's Poetic Showcase: Trailblazers and Rising Stars

The Best of the Carolina's Poetic Showcase: Trailblazers and Rising Stars

Reauxz (Rose) Brown is a rising performing artist from East Point, GA. She is a senior at Johnson C. Smith University majoring in the Visual and Performing Arts Department with a concentration in Theater under her birth name Dasha McKisic. She attributes much of her exposure and development in spoken word to joining a campus grown poetry organization founded in 1994, The Black Ink Monks, Incorporated. She is a multifaceted artist with experience acting, singing, writing, and of course spokenword. A quote that she lives by is "if any branch should break, trust your wings to fly"

Mania Rosen filters the messy experiences and colorful psychologies of life through his love of the English language to extract his blend of artistic expression. He is a native Charlottean whose family dynamics, religious upbringing, and clinical psych history exert ample influence over his work. Perseverance, emotional identity, mental illness, and spiritual health are among his favorite focal topics. Mostly known for performance poetry, his conundrum writing style often includes catchy word play, viscid subtext, and heavy elements of alliteration. When asked what motivates him to write and perform, Mania replied: "An artist who expresses change should be able to impact a changing world

Carlos Robson is poet, playwright and teaching artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a 2x national poetry slam champion who has performed on Broadway, national television, and NPR.

Hydra, after roughly 4-5 years active, has been working on his craft the past decade. Whether individually or as apart of an entire ensemble, he seeks to impress, entertain, and otherwise enlighten with lyric-centric content and numerous references to pop and unpopular culture

Ashley Lumpkin is a Georgia-raised, Carolina-based writer, editor, actor, and educator. She is the author of three chapbooks, {} At First Sight, Second Glance, and Terrorism and Other Topics for Tea, and one full-length collection,#AshleyLumpkin. A lover of performance as well as the written word, she has been a competing member of Piedmont SLAM, Scuppernong Slammers, and the Bull City Slam Team. She co-curates the series "First Draft," a reading of new works and works in progress. She is one-fifth (and only Slytherin member) of the Big Dreams Collective.

Above all else, Ashley considers herself a teacher, poet, and fryer of food. She is a lover of mathematics and language. She loves you too.

Ed Mabrey is the only 4 time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the only 4 time Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Individual Champion. He tours the country professionally as a poet, comedian, and motivational speaker. A two-time InkSlam winner, mulltiple LEAF Slam Champion, an Emmy winner, Ed has been on Seasons 3, 5 and 6 of Verses and Flow (TV One), ABC, FOX, HBO All Def Digital, Crackle, CNN, C-SPAN, a speaker at the 2017 and 2018 Freedom Awards and was a speaker at 2015 TEDx Dayton and 2017 TEDx Evans Street. He's performed at over 100 colleges and universities around the country, teaching workshops and conducting seminars. On the comedy front, Ed has opened for DL Hughley, Ian Bagg, Rob Schneider, Roy Wood Jr., Charlie Murphy and many more. Ed is a two time finalist in The World Series Of Comedy, held in Las Vegas and he's been the voice of companies ranging from the Ohio State Medical Center to Lexus

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