Silvana Straw is a poet, writer, and performer. Her solo performances have been commissioned by The Washington Performing Arts Society and Dance Place. She has performed throughout the U.S., including at GALA Hispanic Theater (DC); Galleria de la Raza (San Francisco); The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NY); and The Art Institute of Chicago. She has founded and produced numerous spoken word/slam series over the past 30 years including the first-ever spoken word/slam events at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Smithsonian. She served as a coach/instructor for the DC Youth Slam Team/DC WritersCorps for over 10 years. She is a recipient of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities literature fellowships and the Larry Neal Writers Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Huffington Post, Gargoyle, and Indiana Review. In 2014, she produced The Ghost of DC Past, a reunion of DC spoken word/slam pioneers from the 80s and 90s. Silvana is DC’s original Slam Champion and represented DC at the National Poetry Slam in 1993 and 1994.