Andy Karol represented Chicago at the 2016 National Poetry Slam in Decatur, Georgia and the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California as a member of the Mental Graffiti and Lethal Poetry slam teams. Andy is a member of the nationally touring ensemble, Cometry, that performs both entertainment and inspirationally educational shows at high schools, colleges, universities, and conferences. As a teaching artist, Andy has taught spoken word to students in northwest Indiana through a generous grant provided by the Indiana Arts Initiative. Andy has two chapbooks available: Paperboy (2016) and Fail-Safe (2014). Websites and podcasts such as IndieFeed: Performance Poetry, Poetry Spoken Here, and Poet at the End of the World, to name a few, have featured Andy’s work, as well as interviews. They were also featured in the 2015 Northwestern graduate documentary, Where the Words Grow, directed by Yu Sun Chin and Joyce Lee.
is a writer and media artist, influenced by Patricia Smith, Tara Betts, and Marty McConnell (roughly in that order of acquaintance). He has made poetry videos with Quraysh Ali Lansana, Cin Salach, and others; poetry video conferences with Tyehimba Jess, Anne Waldman, Jayne Fenton Keane, and others as far as Vancouver and Cambridge, UK; appearances at AWP and NPF (2012); and a few brief appearances in print (eg. Rattapallax Press, Tia Chucha). See his online corpus at http://www.e-poets.net/