Esteban Colon

2017-2019 Poet Laureate– Kenosha, WIEsteban
Kenosha Poet Laureate Esteban Colon hails from Chicago, where he performed in schools, at block parties, and on stage. He was a founding member of the Waiting 4 the Bus Poetry Collective, whose website identifies its troupe as an assemblage of “bards, hucksters, flim-flam artists, grifters, and matchstick men.” He started The Poetry Bomb, an annual program on the final Sunday in April that invites the public to populate as many public places as possible with performances of poetry. His work has received a prestigious Pushcart Prize nomination and has been collected in multiple chapbooks. You can also check out his full-length collection Things I Learned the Hard Way.
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Carly Anne Ravnikar

2017-2019 Poet Laureate– Kenosha, WI   carly
Carly Anne Ravnikar is a punk artist native to South Eastern Wisconsin. She is an eloquent hoarder of poems and crafts who struggles to remain within the confines of society. She serves professionally in higher education student services – creatively in print and performance. In 2018, she was selected as a Poet Laureate for the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 2015, dancing girl press published her poetry collection, “Housewifery.” Other poetry has appeared in Left of the Lake, A New Beat, The Clockwise Cat, Monkey Puzzle, Outhouse, Straylight, boo (2010, 2011), Bending Light Into Verse Vol II, and The New Gnus Literary Journal (2011). She is currently fronting Cheap Sleaze. Her full collection of work can be viewed at Delinquent Mom.
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Kenyatta Turner

2017-2019 Poet Laureate– Racine, WIKenyatta
Kenyatta Turner is known as the Lyrical Lioness. Born and raised in the Englewood Neighborhood of Chicago’s southside, she began performing at age 12. Her love of the stage led her to become captain of the well-known street dance team, House-o-Matics; she was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2010. She’s the President of the Wisconsin Chapter of P.O.E.T. -People of Extraordinary Talent-a spoken-word troupe that believes in giving back to communities. “Community service is the core of my soul,” Kenyatta says. “Everything I have done in the past 25 years prepared me to be a successful representation of the Racine poetry community as well as the city as a whole. I am ready to churn gathered wisdom into action!”