Charlotte Abotsi, Co-Director Charlotte Abotsi is a college student and poet hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. She was the Youth Grand Slam Champion at Providence Slam in 2013, taking her to her second Brave New Voices competition. She has competed in Oakland, CA and Chicago, IL. Charlotte has also been on the Providence Slam national adult team, competing in Boston, MA. In 2014, Charlotte won Providence Slam's Women of the World Poetry Slam qualifier taking her to Austin, TX to compete alongside 72 other poets. Charlotte works extensively with Providence Slam; specifically cultivating a safe space in the community and being the assistant coach for the youth program, while also being Providence Slam's booking coordinator. Other poets vaguely know who she is because she can never stop fangirling over all of them. French fries are the only thing she cares about.

 

Charlotte Abotsi, Co-Director

Charlotte Abotsi is a college student and poet hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. She was the Youth Grand Slam Champion at Providence Slam in 2013, taking her to her second Brave New Voices competition. She has competed in Oakland, CA and Chicago, IL. Charlotte has also been on the Providence Slam national adult team, competing in Boston, MA. In 2014, Charlotte won Providence Slam's Women of the World Poetry Slam qualifier taking her to Austin, TX to compete alongside 72 other poets. Charlotte works extensively with Providence Slam; specifically cultivating a safe space in the community and being the assistant coach for the youth program, while also being Providence Slam's booking coordinator. Other poets vaguely know who she is because she can never stop fangirling over all of them. French fries are the only thing she cares about.

  Franny Choi, Director Alum Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). She has been a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and all three major national poetry slams. She is a recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Frederick Bock Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, The Journal, PANK, Rattle, and others. Franny has worked in local organizations such as the Providence Youth Student Movement and Breakthrough Providence, building community around learning, the literary arts, and social justice. She is a VONA Fellow, a Project VOICE teaching artist, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

 

Franny Choi, Director Alum

Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). She has been a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and all three major national poetry slams. She is a recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Frederick Bock Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, The Journal, PANK, Rattle, and others. Franny has worked in local organizations such as the Providence Youth Student Movement and Breakthrough Providence, building community around learning, the literary arts, and social justice. She is a VONA Fellow, a Project VOICE teaching artist, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

  Muggs Fogarty, Co-Director Muggs Fogarty was born in Providence, Rhode Island and became a member of the Providence Poetry Slam staff at the age of 16. After completing a BFA in creative writing from The New School, Muggs represented Providence at the National Poetry Slam and became a New Urban Arts mentor. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Wicked Banshee, Bluestockings Magazine and FreezeRay. Muggs can be found sometimes singing in a rock band, or playing with Snow, the moody hedgehog.

 

Muggs Fogarty, Co-Director

Muggs Fogarty was born in Providence, Rhode Island and became a member of the Providence Poetry Slam staff at the age of 16. After completing a BFA in creative writing from The New School, Muggs represented Providence at the National Poetry Slam and became a New Urban Arts mentor. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Wicked Banshee, Bluestockings Magazine and FreezeRay. Muggs can be found sometimes singing in a rock band, or playing with Snow, the moody hedgehog.

  Laura Brown-Lavoie, Director Alum Laura Brown-Lavoie is a poet, performer, youth mentor, and farmer in Providence, RI. Co-host of the Providence Poetry Slam, Laura has received national recognition for her spoken word performances. She was a finalist at the Women of the World Poetry slam in 2013, and a member of the 3rd place Providence team at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. In the winter she sometimes takes her poetry on the road, and has been the featured poet at venues around New England and beyond. Her poetry and prose has also been published in several national journals. She is a frequent contributor to local storytelling and music shows, and lately has been performing story-songs with the help of her keyboard. You can follow her at lauralambbrownlavoie.wordpress.com.

 

Laura Brown-Lavoie, Director Alum

Laura Brown-Lavoie is a poet, performer, youth mentor, and farmer in Providence, RI. Co-host of the Providence Poetry Slam, Laura has received national recognition for her spoken word performances. She was a finalist at the Women of the World Poetry slam in 2013, and a member of the 3rd place Providence team at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. In the winter she sometimes takes her poetry on the road, and has been the featured poet at venues around New England and beyond. Her poetry and prose has also been published in several national journals. She is a frequent contributor to local storytelling and music shows, and lately has been performing story-songs with the help of her keyboard. You can follow her at lauralambbrownlavoie.wordpress.com.