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Open Mic & Feature: Joseph Harris & Tony Zick

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Joseph Harris has been writing & performing poetry for over 15 years, and started slamming in 2002. Ann Arbor was his first poetry venue, and from there he has spread his particular type of logic far and wide. He has been published in MingleWood, Off the Mic, A2 Brute', Anthrax is Safer than Poetry, and WusgoodBlack. He was on the Ann Arbor Slam Team from 2003-2007. He was the Rustbelt Individual Slam champion in 2005, and the National Head to Head Haiku Deathmatch Champion in 2006. In 2007, he founded the Spitfire Poetry Slam in East Lansing, MI. In 2008, he was part of Scott Woods' national 24-hour poetry reading, where poets in various cities read poetry for 24 hours straight, in their collective hometowns. In 2010 he hosted the Midwest regional Rustbelt Poetry Slam, where 12 teams from across the Midwest battled for the Rustbelt Championship. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Teacher Education Department at Michigan State University where he teaches, among other subjects, "Reading, Writing & Teaching Poetry."

Anthony Zick is an Ann Arborite, born and raised. His love for poetry was nourished by the AAPS growing up, especially by superstar educator, Jeff Kass, at Pioneer high school. In 2016, Anthony fulfilled a dream by receiving an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. These days, he is back in Ann Arbor, studying at EMU to be a secondary-level English teacher. His publications include After the Pause, Literary Orphans, Dappled Things, and Huron River Review.