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Tova Charles and Zai Sadler @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Who: Tova Charles and Zai Sadler
What: WordSpace 3rd Fridays @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, May 15, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Bar and Grill, 7402 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by : GNO and RockBaby
Marzai “Zai” Sadler started writing at 10 years old as a way to escape her already cluttered mind. Writing has never left her nor forsaken her. It is her best friend and longest lasting relationship. It continues to bless her in ways she never thought possible.

10497455_1439180589679761_665148123845436359_o-300x300Zai has been on 4 slam teams in Austin TX representing both of the community venues. She made Austin Neo Soul’s slam team her first time out and with that team in 2010 made final stage at her first appearance at the National poetry slam. She was on the 2012 Austin Neo Soul slam team that took 1st in group piece finals. And most recently the Austin Poetry slam team ranked 5th in the Nation. She has also released a cd of poetry and hip hop entitled The Epilogue and is currently working on her 2nd project. Zai’s slam and performance poetry career has been brief but thriving and promising.

Tova Charles, a powerhouse performing spoken word artist that has been taking the Slam community by storm since 2008. Born in Lafayette, LA but raised in Austin, TX. The daughter of a Librarian and Zydeco Percussionist, life was never boring. She gained her passion for writing from her mother and her passion for performing from her father. In spring 2003 she had the pleasure of being inducted in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., one of the original Historically Black Sororities. She is not only a great writer but performer as well. She has also work as the Creative director for They Speak, Austin’s premier youth poetry slam with the late Dr. Sheila Siobhan.

She plans on continuing her career as a Spoken word artist and as an activist in the youth poetry movement. She has performed all over the country and has participated in national Slams including:

• 2009 National Poetry Slam, Placing 5th overall, Austin Neo- Soul Poetry Slam

• 2010 National Poetry Slam, Semi-Finalist , Austin Poetry Slam

• 2010 Southwest Shoot out, Austin Poetry Slam

• Finalist of 2010 Rock The Republic Festival

• 2010 Slam Champ of the University of Houston Scarlet Poetry Slam Team

• Finalist of 2011 Woman of the World Poetry Slam, Placing 10th overall

2013 Nation Poetry Slam, Placed 5th overall, Austin Poetry Slam

She is a Graduate of the University of Houston with a BA in English literature.

Tova Charles and Zai Sadler were both on the 2013 Austin Poetry Slam team and placed 5th in the Nation and was featured on Button Poetry with the group poem called “Nina” which has had over 11 thousand hits. The Hair and Talk and Teeth Tour will showcase group work and individual poems from Tova and Zai.

See Tova Charles and Zai Sadler, the WordSpace Third Fridays at Dallas Poetry Slam feature, on Friday, May 15, 2015.


Dallas Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Open Mic every Friday
$100 Slam 1st and 3rd Fridays
Heroes Sports Bar & Grill
7402 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231
Sign up at 7:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
$5 Admission
Free Parking
Drink Specials
Food Available


Danielle Inez

What: WordSpace 3rd Fridays @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, March 20, 8 pm
Admission: $5, Free to WS Members
Hosted by: RockBaby and GNO

Before she could write poetry, Danielle Inez was always moved to express herself artistically. As early as five years old, she recalls making construction paper books with pictures that told stories she created with an endless imagination. At the age of 12, she wrote her first poem “The Cloudless Sky”. This poem reminded her that her dreams were only as significant as she made them. This poem also sparked a passion for poetry that drove her write everyday. By 17, she joined the Creative Writing Club at her high school. Soon, she was chosen to be Poet of the Month for writing one of her all time favorite poems “Black Rose”. She diligently participated in poetry contests for recognition and scholarships but, she was not able to achieve much success at that time. So, Danielle decided to stick with writing just for the love of poetry and she began avoiding the pressure of competitions. Then in college, she found it rewarding to simply share her poetry with people who desired to hear. So in her early twenties she felt inspired to do spoken word as a means of empowering others. As she continues this journey to reach and teach through the art of poetry, her greatest desire is to be true so that others will be moved to be true also. The most powerful lesson she has learned so far is to let integrity be a reward in itself.


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