Benjamin Alisuag

“Explosive, enigmatic, his words are piercingly truthful,” raves HBO Def Poetry Co-Producer Kamilah Forbes. Ben Alisuag has a “powerful stage presence that you can’t keep your eyes off.” A native of the Bay Area, Alisuag has been an hurricane of honesty and passion in the spoken word scene since 2005.

Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett is a servant of the Lord. He graduated with the distinctions of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, after double majoring in English and Africana Studies with minors in Spanish and History. He is a professional performance poet, and has recited his original work at events such as the Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s evening of poetry and music at the White House.


Noel Scales

Noel Scales is a 19-year-old freshman at Temple University majoring in Broadcasting, with a minor in Music. She graduated from the Girard Academic Music Progrram, and has also studied piano, voice, music composition and music theory. Noel has been performing since the age of 11, and was one of the PYPM poets featured in the 2009 HBO docuseries, Brave New Voices.