68 minutes | Feb 13, 2018

Nate Mask and Ryan J | Episode 19

Ryan J. , a spoken word artist based in Atlanta and self-proclaimed lover of all things Spider-Man and time travel related, brings a fresh perspective to slam poetry. As 2015 CUPSI semi-finalist, 2017 Java Monkey Slam Team Representative, and the founder of HomeGrown Poetry, Ryan focuses on social issues and narratives that often exist in the blind spots of marginalized communities in his work. In 2016, Ryan published his first chapbook of poetry, "Go Home Ryan," and is currently working on his second, "In Spite of Years of Silence.” Nate Mask is a spoken word artist who spends his days playing basketball and trying not to swear in front of children or take himself too seriously. He has been a member of the Java Monkey and Art Amok Slam Teams in Atlanta and has competed and performed on National and Local Stages, such as the National Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Festival, Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Show, Write Club Atlanta, and the Decatur Book Festival. Nate has self-published two chapbooks: "Well, This is Awkward…" and "Love is For Suckers.”
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