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Samantha Slupski is a 23-year old poet and mental health advocate based out of Kansas City, Missouri. She first stepped on stage in December 2015 at Uptown Arts Bar and stage has been her home ever since. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Poetic Underground, Slam Master of Kansas City Poetry Slam, a board member for Fountainverse, the Kansas City Small Press Poetry Fest, an ARTS KC grant recipient, and was voted the 2nd best spoken word artist in The Pitch's Best of 2017.

Samantha's first book of poetry was published in January 2017 by EMP Press in Kansas City, MO, and she has been published in various online journals such as Pressure Gauge Press and Jazz Cigarette. She has performed at Midwest Word Fest 2016, and has competed in Texas Grand Slam 2016 and 2017.

 Samantha has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she knew she had to make her poems a vocal experience because of the accessibility. As a mental health advocate, and her main focus is community building because she finds it so important that safe spaces are created and available for poets to share their hard and raw truths. She believes spoken word is such a healing art and needs to be shared with everyone. It keeps people alive.

Really. Poetry is why she stays alive.

To find out more about her Middle of the Mic project, click HERE.