Spoken Word Artist

Joan “Lyric” Leslie

Joan ‘Lyric’ Leslie is an author, a slam poet, a back-to-back Queen of the South Poetry Slam Champion, and story-teller whose work journeys through self-discovery and self-love while incorporating a fair share of humor and wit. She uses poetry to call a spade a spade and to challenge systemic injustice. Her book ‘My Blackness Rhymes with Joy’ highlights experiences with love, healing, justice, and the reclamation of black joy through it all.