Meet The Poetry Olympics Crew!

JUDGES!  

Artemis Skye McNeil is an author, motivational speaker, and poet. Her platform is bridging the gap between inspirational words and daily affirmations for personal growth and development without anxiety. Ari\’s love of words started at a young age. Growing up in a bilingual home, she enjoyed conversations with her father on the breakdown and etymology of words in both English and Greek. Her love of writing stemmed from the third grade through her schooling years and has been writing professionally since 2013. She enjoys public speaking and book signings. She loves meeting and having great conversations and connections with her audience. She is currently residing in Atlanta with her husband, bird Seinfeld McNugget a.k.a The Nug. She is currently working on her third, fourth, and fifth books.


Artemis Skye McNeil is a lifetime member of Atlanta Writer\’s Club; a member of the Georgia Writers Association.


Liz Lugo is a bilingual poet originally from Puerto Rico. She has two published books: El Pecado de Callar and Ahora Toca Desnudarse, Liz\’s forthcoming book will be published in both Spanish and English, which explores sexual abuse and the effects left on the rape victims. Furthermore, Liz is also a Microbiologist, Editor, Short Story Writer, and Founder of the Smaeralit collection.  At present Liz is currently pursuing her Master\’s Degree thesis in Professional Screenwriting.  Liz is multilingual and fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and is learning ASL. 

She has an extreme fascination for comics/graphic novels.  She loves to write Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Psychological Thriller, and Post-apocalyptic stories; as well as Drama, and promoting real and liberal stories that have an impact on today’s society.  Liz recently wrote and directed her second horror short film. She also enjoys comedy, documentaries, westerns, foreign films.

Liz is committed to the following causes: sexual harassment/abuse, rape, animal cruelty, human rights, verbal abuse, mental health, among others. When she’s not writing or analyzing films or TV shows, she’s up to a new adventure or just hearing music, dancing, cooking, or exercising.   
Grace Ann Shaw is a 20-something year old Jamaican writer. Her relationship with writing began in high school and she has been committed to it ever since. She is the author of  Heavy Crowns, a collection of poetry. Her work has also been featured in Vagabond City Lit, Pree Lit Magazine and the Crown Anthology.

Tony Moore is a British singer and songwriter who has had a truly eclectic career in the music business. He started his musical life as the (one and only) keyboard player in an original line up of Iron Maiden. He then went on to form a band called “Tanz Der Youth” with Brian James (ex Damned) and achieved critical acclaim as part of the “New Wave” of British Music at the end of the 70’s. In the mid 80’s his band Radio Java had a Christmas hit in Holland with a song he wrote and recorded at Abbey Road called “Fool”. In 1986 he joined the band Cutting Crew as keyboard player, who then went on to have worldwide success with the song “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight”

Through the 90’s he was co-writer/producer and musical director with an artist from Argentina called Marie Claire D’Ubaldo who had enormous success throughout Europe with the song “The Rhythm Is Magic” At the end of the decade he founded and curated one of the most important and influential music venues for singer/songwriters in London, The Kashmir Klub. A unique space that played host to early shows from emerging artists like Damien Rice and KT Tunstall as well as secret shows from superstars like Sheryl Crow, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and members of Fleetwood Mac.

He has been inducted into the Music Managers Forum “Roll Of Honour” for outstanding contribution to The British Music industry as well as receiving the much coveted “Gold Badge” award from BASCA for his services to songwriters and music. In Malta he was even honoured to join other celebrities with his own GOLD “STAR” in the walk of fame alongside his handprint. Tony was proud to have been a Music Ambassador for the European Games 2019 that were held in Belarus, and was so inspired by the passion around the event that he wrote a special song, We Are the Light, to recognise and celebrate how these games embrace the unity of sport and human endeavour around the world.

He was invited to sing “We Are The Light” at the games closing ceremony in Minsk on June 30th in front of Vladamir Putin (who was guest of honour at the sold out stadium) as well as to a TV audience for 117 countries totalling 100,000,000 viewers +

PRESS CREDIT! 



Sonja Mabel McClure holds a B.A. in Communication with a focus on news/editorial as well as a minor in English from the University of Utah. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Shift//Motion that encompasses different themes of movement, travel, and nature. Her writings and poetry have appeared or is forthcoming in Pyre Publishing, Paper and Ink, Touchstones, Catalyst, and elsewhere. She is of Finnish descent and is a member of the Finlandia Foundation. Sonja loves attending poetry readings and was delighted to take part in the Utah Humanities Book Festival last fall. She’s a nature enthusiast, a dog lover, a coffee connoisseur and she possesses a strong sense of wanderlust.

Outside of her love of poetry and literature, Sonja has always had a passion for dancing and music. She started ballet at the age of 6. Over the years, she studied many dance techniques including modern and jazz. She was part of the performing group, Dance Ensemble. Also, she pursued piano and voice lessons. Later, she discovered belly dance, mesmerized by using different props including, fans, veil, basket, finger cymbals and double swords. Sonja enjoys learning various belly dance styles such as: Egyptian and Turkish but she is most fond of Tribal Fusion and ATS, both which originated in the United States. Connect with Sonja on IG: @sonjasolstice. 


LOGO CREDIT!  




Valisa is a Southern California native. Currently a project manager by profession, she dedicates the remainder of her time developing her artistic career.

Valisa\’s art is of a lowbrow style, featuring subjects that are predominantly feminine. Her artistic themes range from macabre, mystical, and sexually metaphorical. She finds her inspiration in a variety of both people (mainly other artists and writers) and locations. However, most of her pieces are self-reflective and are heavily influenced by her mood or state of mind.

Currently, Valisa shares her art via social media and has been featured on various curated artist pages. Her illustrations can be seen on the covers of Rania M. Watts’ books Accordions and Moustaches, Summer to Summer Rewind, and Cement Covered Ink Quills and Rarities, as well as, the Horror Anthology, Twisted, published by Manic Raven Press. Her poetry has been featured in multiple issues of Cult Magazine. You can view her art on Instagram @vali_saurus where she is also open for commission-based projects.


VIDEO CREDIT!  
  

Spyros Melaris started making films at about the same time that the magic bug bit him.  At six years old, Spyros was already making short films with a \’Standard 8\’ cine camera that his dad bought him. He eventually bought an editing set and a projector.  Soon he discovered the new \’Super 8\’ cine film with sound! Ever since those days, Spyros has been consistently upgrading his movie making equipment with every new release.

Although Spyros wanted to be an actor from a very young age, he followed a career in motor vehicle engineering in his father’s footsteps. It was the advice of his career\’s officer who urged Spyros to get a trade behind him so he would have something to fall back on if the acting thing didn’t work out. This was great advice and he wishes he never followed it. In 1980, having qualified and set aside enough money from his part time sales job, Spyros opened his own motor repair garage and he found himself too busy working to follow his dream in the arts. By chance one of his customers was a magazine publisher who had offices opposite his garage.  It wasn’t long before Spyros was making videos for them as well as major photo shoots for the magazines.  Spyros purchased a property in North West London, At the time, in 1988 he had two businesses and he was able to run them both under one roof.  He named the building ‘Waterfall House’ and within it resided Niagara Water Filtration Systems and the newly formed Waterfall Studios.

In 1985 Spyros met Ray Santilli and made The Alien Autopsy. The film was released to all major broadcasters to investigate it. The film maintained its integrity for 10 years until Spyros revealed that it wasn\’t a genuine film of an Alien but the greatest Hoax of all time. The film fooled Kodak, NASA, top pathologists and military personnel. It was seen by over 1.2 billion people.

In 2016 Spyros founded ‘Bags Of Love For Homeless’ a not for profit company which provides homeless people with everyday essentials such as clothes, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, cleansing products, toothbrushes and food etc. Bags of Love was established as a first port of call for the homeless making life on the streets easier while homes are found for them. In 2018 Spyros joined forces with the charity ‘Homeless Worldwide’.  A joint project, to create new homes for the homeless.

During the Lockdown of 2020, Spyros teamed up with his close friend Tony Moore to produce a series of 2 hour daily shows live on Facebook. The show is called ‘RIGHT HERE! With Tony Moore’ and the concept had never been done before and the pair have pushed the boundaries of what is possible with minimal access or crews etc. The show ran for 103 consecutive shows and now runs 4 days per week having established a popular format.

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