(left to right back row) TLove, Sarah Lynn Herklots, Princess, Robin Merrill
(left to right front row) gaelle robin with RC alternate, Matthew Wellman)
Representing Rhythmic Cypher for the first time in her-story at the 2013 National Poetry Slam August 13th-17th in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville, Massachusetts…
Viniecia “Princess” Jones
is a slam poet who resides on the West End of Portland, Maine. Princess has been performing slam poetry since 2010. She is an advocate for women’s rights and empowering women to find thier voices to speak out. In her free time she enjoys writing short stories, spending time admiring the beauty of Maine and discovering more reasons to fall in love with life.
T Love Smith
co-hosts the three-year running, weekly poetry open mic with musical accompaniment, Rhythmic Cypher (HOME OF THE 207 3-2-1- SLAM) in Portland, Maine which features local, regional and national performance poets, musicians and the occasional travelling circus.
In 2009, TLOVE competed at the National Poetry Slam and was the Individual Slam Champion for Portland. The same year, she co-produced her first chapbook, Butch Poets: A Redefining of Masculinity and a Reclamation of Butch with local jazz poet, Lady Zen.
TLOVE was recently published by Moon Pie Press in an anthology, Passion and Pride: Poets supporting Equality with New England Poet Laureates, Betsy Sholl, Bruce Spang, John-Michael Albert, Martin Steingesser and Annie Finch, Pat Smith Ranzoni, and many other great local poets.
is a Maine-based freelance writer/editor. Current clients include Bible League International, World Outreach International, and Tangerine Press, an imprint of Scholastic.
She has written five children’s books, all available through Scholastic. Two poetry collections have been published by Moon Pie Press. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.
She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels and has featured at dozens of venues all over New England and New York.
Sarah Lynn Herklots
is a performance poet and self-identified Crafty-Femme with a deep love of trees, poetry and fancy things. She represented Portland, ME in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Denver in 2012 where she placed in the top 15.
She believes in poetry as a tool for transformation and healing. She works hard to dismantle her own shyness and fear of embarrassment by telling on herself for just about everything.
gaelle win robin is a queer writer & printer from a small town in the crossroads of rural maine invested in creating safer spaces, empowering alliances, and intentional communities. they have self-published three chapbooks: ad nauseum, harbors, and nightmares (split with kristina buckley). when gaelle is not playing the part of worker-owner at local sprouts cooperative, pressperson at poet rising project, and contributor at comehell.wordpress.com, they hide in the corners of time catching up on sleep, dreaming, climbing things, collecting trinkets and treasures, exploring small spaces, thinking about obscurities, huddling, feeling, observing, and praising natural light.
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