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Cliff Lynn and Lenett Myrick

 Cliff LynnCliff Lynn was scarred at 13, when the Gong Show rejected him. That event did prepare him for his future love life, however. An award-winning poet, Cliff was the Editor-in-Chief of the 2006 Amaranth, AACC's Literary and Fine Arts Journal. He has enjoyed modest success publishing poetry and short stories in small press journals, including Grub Street, Free Lunch, Scribble and the Fledgling Rag. Once he made out with a sandwich. Cliff has taken poetry into high schools, middle schools, elementary schools. With Rocky Jones, Cliff hosts three to four regularly scheduled monthly readings in Annapolis. He's friends with Barbara DeCesare and Hiram Larew, which is pretty cool. Cliff is pretty sure the end is near, but damned if he can find it.

Lenett "Nef'fahtiti" Myrick is a visual artist, poet and writer whose works explore Lenett Myrickspirituality, gender and cultural identity. Her writings have been nationally published in anthologies and journals, including Dancing Shadow Review, Poetry Baltimore, When Divas Laugh and most recently Little Patuxent Review.  She has appeared at Artscape, The Baltimore Book Festival, colleges, concert halls, and on radio programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She has also written productions for the stage, including the drama “The Conjure Woman Episode,” her one-woman show “The Dance We Do When We Be Sistas!”, “The Poetry Show,” and a series of spoken word and jazzoetry performances in collaboration with artists around the world. Her work as a performance poet is featured in the award-winning video documentary “Mbele Ache” and the CSN-TV special “Voices of Our Past.” She has held writing residencies with the Ripken Reading Center, Liberty Medical Center, the Baltimore Homeless Union, and Miami Light Project. Her visual art works have been exhibited in solo and group shows and in publications including Passager. Lenett currently teaches at Howard Community College and Goucher College while pursuing an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore where she earned a B.A. degree in English.