The Poetic Powerhouse – KFG

The Poetic Powerhouse – KFG

  KFG began writing and performing spoken word poetry one year ago, and since those first steps, they’ve traveled around West Michigan, sharing stories of mental health, identity, sexuality, and spirituality with hundreds of audience members. They placed first in the April Mentally Distilled Poetry Slam,…

Rachel Gleason – For The Win

Rachel Gleason – For The Win

Rachel (Fantastic) Gleason slam-dunked a victory in the March 2016 Mentally Distilled Slam. A member of the Diatribe and an accomplished singer-songwriter, comedian, activist, and poet, she regularly brings audiences to tears in recognition of both their own mistakes and their own humanity. She writes about sexuality,…

Growing Pains – Ali Smith

Growing Pains – Ali Smith

Ali Smith featured alongside Motif for their combined twenty-first birthday party at The Drunken Retort in March. The crowd enjoyed honest, important poetry on topics such as abuse, disorder diagnosis, and relationships. Ali’s personal subject matter and high-energy, passionate performances have made her a Grand Rapids heartthrob in just…