Dylan Garity is a College National Poetry Slam Champion, whose work has been featured on Upworthy and The Huffington Post. He is a 2012 graduate with honors from Macalester College. He was a member of the 2010 , 2011 and 2012 Macalester Slam teams, which placed 3rd, 1st and 2nd in the nation, respectively. He was named Best Poet at the 2012 tournament. He was also a member of the 2011 and 2013 Minneapolis national slam teams, which ranked 5th and 9th at the National Poetry Slam. He was a recipient of a 2012 Verve Grant from Intermedia Arts. In addition to his slam success, he is the Assistant Director of Button Poetry, an organization dedicated to producing and promoting poetry media nationwide.

More of Dylan's work can be found on his facebook.

Dylan Garity

Hieu Minh Nguyen was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, by a single, Vietnamese-American, mother. He is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014). He co-coached the 2011 University of Minnesota poetry slam team, which placed fourth at the College National Poetry Slam. He was also a member of the 5th-ranked Minneapolis adult National Poetry Slam team in 2011. In 2012, he was a featured performer at The Equilibrium's 10-year anniversary show, performing alongside slam legends Patricia Smith and Anis Mojgani. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Word Riot, PANK, Muzzle, decomP, Anti-, and other journals. He also works at a haberdashery.


More of Hieu's work can be found on his website.

Hieu Nguyen
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Sam Cook is a National Poetry Slam champion who resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sam received a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Button Poetry. He is the Director and Coach of the two-time national champion St. Paul Soapboxing poetry slam team, and he has coached the University of Minnesota and Macalester College slam teams to numerous Finals Stage appearances and awards over the past three years. Sam is committed to reaching out to youth in Minnesota and nationwide, through poetry, performance and a deep love for tomfoolery. 

More of Sam's work can be found on his facebook.