Lizz Straight — Contributor

Elizabeth "Lizz" Straight has been on the spoken word scene nationally and internationally for the past nine years. This 28 year-old native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is not only one of the United States' top spoken word artists, but she's also a radio personality and activist. She is currently the host of a weekly poetry radio show titled "Poetry Is..." broadcast weekly on WMNF, 88. 5 FM, out of Tampa, FL and on the web at She was WMNF's Programmer of the Year for 2007. She has been applauded for her work in correctional institutions throughout central Florida, bringing poetry into the walls of the prison system. Some of her other accomplishments include winning First Place in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 2003 and 2008 as well as placing 7th overall at the Individual World Poetry Slam, 2008.

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