Julian HeunJulian Heun (*1989) is an author and Slam Poet from Berlin. He published his first novel „Strawberry Fields Berlin“at Rowohlt, Berlin in March 2013. He has been a poetry slam artist since 2007 and has won many prizes. He has been supported by the Goethe- Institut numerous times and performed at a number of international poetry festivals in Europe, Africa, North- and South America. He was also the project manager of the poetry festival in Berlin in the year 2013. In addition he is also part of the literary event „Spree vom Weizen“as well as the Spoken Word ensemble „Allen Earnstyzz“.
Julian studies literature at the FU Berlin.
Temye TesfuTemye Tesfu currentely lives in Berlin, but studied in Marburg. He has been performing as a Slam-poet and spoken word artist since 2006. He is one of the founding members of the spoken word ensemble „Allen Earnstyzz“. Together with this ensemble they have been places as runner ups in German Poetry Slam competitions. He teaches creative writing and text performance as an associated professor.
Linda GabrielLinda Gabriel: Malawian born Linda Gabriel, based in Johannesburg, is a poet and spoken word artist. She writes and performs poetry in English, Chewa (Malawian national language) and Shona. Linda is one of the very few female members of the “House of Hunger” poetry slam in Zimbabwe, which runs once every month in Harare and Johannesburg. In addition to regular appearances at the Harare International Festival of Arts HIFA, she co-founded “Sistaz Open Mic”, a special platform for emerging female artists, supported by the Pamberi Trust. Linda is the project co-ordinator for The Spoken Word Project, an initiative by the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg, connecting spoken word artists in eight African countries.
Sbu SimelaneSbu is a poet based in the city of gold, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is also known as Cornelius Jones. Sbu started writing poetry in 2006, inspired by how language can be composed in such a way that is logical, inspiring and relevant. Given that he started off as a rap artist (though he no longer pursues this), one can easily pick up the rap traits in his work. In his poetry, he addresses a variety of situations, such as social and political issues, love, and relationships. He also writes about spirituality and internal conflicts, inspired by the ghetto, his peers, family, dreams and society as a whole. He has performed at WORDnSOUND and House of Hunger in Johannesburg.
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