WOWPS 2016 Committee


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Mahogany Brownemobrowne
Event Coordinator

The Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution &  Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

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Lauren Ash WilliamsLauren Ash Williams
Host Committee Chair

Lauren Ash Williams is a Brooklyn-based poet and lover of people. She was a member of the 2013 louderARTS National Poetry Slam team and co-founder of The Heroes (a Seattle-based arts production company). Lauren has performed in poetry-dance collaborations at The Alvin Ailey School, the Moore Theatre and The Men in Dance festival in Seattle. She has had the privilege of leading writing and performance workshops for both youth and adults in Seattle, New York and Washington, DC. In the daylight hours, Lauren does strategy and communications work with start-ups and non-profits.

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April Ranger
Development Director

A nationally touring poet, April Ranger has performed three times as a member of Boston Cantab’s National Poetry Slam team, and twice as their representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, apt, and Courage: Daring Poems For Gutsy Girls (Writebloody 2014.) April’s first full-length play, Streetsweepers, was the recipient of the Nicole dusFresne Playwriting Award. She directed the premiere of her short play, Civilized Rituals, at the 2013 Dorchester Fringe Festival. April grew up in rural Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Volunteer Coordinator

Cecily Schuler is a 2016 MFA candidate at the Pratt Institute in Writing and Social Activism in Brooklyn, NY. A 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference contributor in non-fiction, Cecily’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review (2015), Ellipsis (2015), Duende (2014), and Fire Stories: Further Thoughts on Radically Re-thinking Mental Illness, (2012). Cecily co-slam-managed the Seattle Poetry Slam from 2013-2014, and is the current slam manager of Union Square Slam in New York City. Since 2009, Cecily has been teaching writing in the LBGTQIA community, collaborating and performing on stages across the country, and is more than happy to continue doing so – email for booking inquiries.

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MaryCae Vignolini

Web & Media Director

MaryCae is a New Jersey artist with a traveling heart.

She represented Loser Slam of central New Jersey at National Poetry Slam on teams in 2011 & 2013 teams, as the coach in 2014, and as an individual poet representing Loser Slam at Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2011, 2012, & 2014. She was on the Photography Team for National Poetry Slam in Boston 2011, and has been shooting local and national Poetry Slams since 2009.

MaryCae has performed at 100,000 Poets for Change in Asbury Park, NJ in 2013 & 2014. She received an award for her performance at Peace December 2014 in Bronx, NY, a six hour music marathon to promote peace and non-violence through the arts. In February of 2015, MaryCae co-performed with Savon Bartley on behalf of I Sell The Shadow at the United Nations in Manhattan, NY.

MaryCae is on the committee for Loser Slam in Red Bank, NJ and an affiliate of Women of Song in New Jersey, an annual show to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around. When not poeming, MaryCae is an event planner and promoter, photographs, sculpts mud into pottery, and builds tiny homes in her daydreams.

MaryCae is the person updating this website and all social media, please email her regarding questions about any content on

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