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Gleason is a dynamic spoken word artist whose performance style is described as a balance between humor--an understated wit--and gospel/evangelical inspired charisma. Gleason’s poetry has been commissioned by both local and national organizations, published in Chicago magazine “Curbside Splendor” and has been featured on WYCE’s Electric Poetry several times. Raised in a strict fundamentalist church, much of their art stems from the intersection of faith and sexuality. Their coming out story was highlighted on NPR in a series about identity, acceptance, and forgiveness in West Michigan’s LGBT community. Gleason is also a singer/songwriter with a simplistic style and a unique, powerful voice. They perform stand up comedy and acts in sketches with Grand Rapids’ beloved all female comedy collective, Funny Girls, LLC. They also are the Director of Education and co-founder at The Diatribe, a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids dedicated to uniting and inspiring the youth through spoken word poetry.
Fable is a Bi-racial North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, motivational speaker, and executive director of non profit organization The Diatribe. Fable is the 2016 recipient of a Community Advocate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is the currently holding the title of Poet Laureate. He is the author of “Adrift in a Sea of M&M’s” (2016) and is currently working to finish his second collection of poems titled Metamorphosis; an extroverted caterpillars guide to becoming an introverted butterfly (2019). Fable is the first person under the age of 40, and the first person of color to have earned the title of poet laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan; a three-year tenure with already measurable successes achieved within the first year. Fable is highly noted for his work with the youth through his non profit The Diatribe; using his own stories to consume the audience and is making a huge effort in lifting up youth across the country encouraging them to unpack their own struggles. He is known across the nation for crowd-interactive features that leave those attending enlightened and empowered.