Samantha Slupski is a poet and mental health advocate based right in the heart of the Midwest. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Poetic Underground, which was awarded Best Poetry Open Mic by The Music & More Foundation in 2018, Slam Master of Kansas City Poetry Slam, was nominated for "Best Host" by the Music & More Foundation in 2018, is co-director of Chameleon Arts (501c3), is a board member for Fountainverse, the Kansas City Small Press Poetry Fest, works at Imagine That!, a non-profit arts studio teaching and supporting artists with developmental disabilities, was an 2017 ARTS KC grant recipient, and was voted the 2nd best spoken word artist in The Pitch Magazine's Best of 2017.

Samantha's first book of poetry was published by EMP Press in Kansas City, MO (2017), has been published in various online journals such as Pressure Gauge Press, Blue Mountain Review, and Jazz Cigarette, and has been published on the Write About Now Youtube Channel. She headlined the Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival in Melbourne, Australia in June 2018, has competed in Texas Grand Slam 2016 and 2017 and is a member of the Kansas City Poetry Slam National Slam Team that will be competing in Chicago, IL in August 2018.

Her work centers around how a body maintains survival through a lifetime of trauma, how she exists as a woman, how she is learning to take up space,, and hopes to welcome people into being their most raw, honest, and unapologetic selves, while she learns to do the same.

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