Madison West began writing at a young age but did not take poetry seriously until 2008. Since then she has released an album titled "Wannabe" and now tours with a group of poets called The Movement.
Touch Armor Class has a style I call Hip Hop apocalyptic and has been performing poetry live since 2009, when he was asked to read at Sub Rosa: The Gypsie Courtyard. He started writing rhymes in 8th grade that were of a sillier nature but began taking poetry a ittle more seriously in 2006. He's performed in several Louisville venues, in Paducah and Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to working on recording his own solo project, he is currently in a group called Girl Next Door with N Fact and Sloe Pink.
"I rotate focusing on poetry for music and poetry without music," he said.
|Jimmy Besseck - Jimmy is a talented wordsmith whose style is that of an amused urban observer and began writing poetry after attending Sub Rosa: The Gypsie Courtyard, where he also began performing publicly. His poems are observations of his surroundings and usually have a humorous slant. He has gone on to host his own events around town and released a book titled The Lead Standard in 2011, which is available at Carmichael's bookstore. He also runs a Facebook group known as Louisville Writers' Solidarity.|
Mark James is a spoken word artist, writer, and photographer who says writing came very naturally for him. He began writing a few years ago as a response to boredom and began performing at Sub Rosa: the Gypsie Courtyard. Anne Lamont's Bird by Bird inspired him to write daily in June of 2010 and he has since written his first book (self published) and traveled across the country performing. He is currently focused on creating his next stage show while learning to paint with light, create installation art and make videos to elevate his abilities of self expression. His visual artwork is currently on display at Chez Moi gallery on Winkler Ave, BBC on Fourth St, and at Serendipity Cafe in La Grange.
T-shirts with some of Mark Jame's poetry on them.
Maplex Monk is a poet with a hip hop flavor who also plays a variety of musical instruments. In addition to writing across several formats, he has been producing "The Creative Community with Maplex Monk" podcast for a few months from his home studio, which is equipped with an array of instruments and equipment.He is currently looking forward to creating a music video for one of his pieces titled "Spiral Staircase". In addition to an
array of musicians and East Coast hip hop artists, his biggest inspiration comes from family.
"My mother is an English teacher, and my father is a social worker and a singer/song writer/guitarist/harmonica ninja, so there's no mistaking that their influence has inspired me more than any other."