Ntare Ali & Erika Gault
Erika D. Gault (Co-Writer) received her B.A. from New York University, M.A. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and Ph.D. from the American Studies Department at the University at Buffalo. Erika Gault has been writing and performing poetry for most of her life. Presently she performs with the Buffalo based poetry slam team Njozi Poets. She has two self-published books of spoken word: Crying Out Loud and So I Said to the Mountain, quot;Move" and a CD entitled More Than. In 2011 Erika toured with North America's largest spoken word concert, When Sisters Speak. In April and May 2012 she placed 1st in the Pure Ink Poetry Slam in Buffalo, NY. Erika is the 2012 1st Place Winner of the Toronto International Poetry Slam, the first woman to hold this honor. She is the 2013 Winner of the Empire State Slam. She routinely lectures and performs at venues and organizations throughout the region.
Erika Gault is a minister and an Assistant Professor of History and Religion at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY.
Ntare Ali Gault (Co-Writer) is the founder of Dream Variation Productions, which includes the Njozi Ensemble, Njozi Promotions and the Njozi Poets. His theater background includes former membership in the Ujima Theatre Company where he was
the assistant director for In De Beginning, Spunk and Yalla *tch all directed by Lorna C. Hill. He appeared in Green Pastures (Gabriel), The Visit (Husbands 7, 8 & 9), The Colored Museum
(Symbiosis), …And Bid Him Sing, Woman From the Town
(Buddy) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sandy). He was the
writer, producer, lead character and director for the productions
Black Man's Burden, The Voyage From Chains to Glory, Lady Day
and Langston and Ancestral Links: Love and Other Revolutionary
Mumblings. He's the author of the book The Sun Will Rise: A Memoir of an Urban Family.
Ntare is a popular slam poet who has won competitions and been featured in notable venues throughout North America and the Bahamas. He was a member of Buffalo's first team (Nickel City Poetry Slam Team) to compete in the National Poetry Slam in Austin, TX in 2006. In 2010 he participated in When Brothers Speak, the largest spoken word concert of its kind in North America.
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