Leisha Mullican Wharfield
Leisha Mullican Wharfield is a competitive poet on the page and the stage. She has won several writing contests and published in /Denali, Inkpot, /and /The Main Street Rag./ She is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, where she studied English with an emphasis on the craft of poetry, and she's been a performance poet since before slam was invented. In the last slam season, Leisha made it to the finals. This year she hopes to make the team so she can travel, perform, and represent the valley.
Jorah LaFleur believes that performing spoken word poetry is an act of alchemy. Within the span of a few poetic minutes, emotions and ideas are transformed into words; printed symbols on a page transmute to vibrant sounds; and strangers (audience and performer) become intimates. Jorah champions the use of spoken word as a means for making social commentary, and as a tool for personal growth. She encourages anyone who has ever felt the urge to testify poetically on stage to do so. Her deepest gratitude goes to those who come to witness the words and hold space for them. Over the last decade, Jorah has had the pleasure of performing at dirverse venues and events throughout the Northwest, participating in several innovative theater productions, and continually hosting open mic readings and poetry showcases. Since 2006 she has been the acting Eugene Poetry Slammistress.
Jorah's Website: www.jorahlafleur.com
Jorah on YouTube
Roxy Jane Allen
Roxy Jane Allen is a spoken word artist from Melbourne Beach, Florida. She's been a youth pastor, make up artist, karaoke hustler, candy store manager, and club promoter. She's received rejection notices from The Kenyon Review, Vanity Fair and Adbusters. She has been involved with the Eugene Poetry Slam for five years. She loves words, Jesus, Glock 45's, and lipstick. Currently, she lives with her fiancee in a remote location, away from other humans, for fear of a zombie outbreak and spends her days writing poetry and perfecting her chicken pot pie recipe. Her high school class voted her most likely to be famous in 2002 and she's been trying to live up to it ever since.
Poetry Slammer's Website: http://www.eugenepoetryslam.org/