Laura Yes Yes and B. Steady are both performing artists who have toured extensively. They hold MFAs in poetry and film (respectively), both can sing, and most importantly, they have been sisters for twenty-seven years. Laura Yes Yes has toured all over the world, notably as a member of the performance duo Shadowboxers Anonymous (shadowboxersanonymous.com). She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College and is a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. Be Steadwell is a songwriter and filmmaker from Washington DC. Be describes her music as "queer pop and soul.” In her live performances, she utilizes vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.
DERRICK c. BROWN is the winner of the 2013 Texas Poetry Book of The Year Award. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of Write Bloody Publishing, “one of the best independent presses in the country” according to Forbes Magazine. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work “a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”
Just like a Dachsund, Urbana is rolling over on its back and peeing all over everything in sheer joy and excitement at the thought of welcoming Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz back to the poetry slam series she founded back in 1998 at the age of 19, making her the youngest founding slammaster ever (still a record today). Aptowicz was Urbana's host for a better part of its first decade! She is the author of six books of poetry as well as the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam.