Keynote speakers


Sunday Keynote Speaker

 TAMIKA HARPER, aka GeorgiaMe, hails from the beautiful Westside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is an award-winning International Spoken Word artist, and has received Tony, Emmy, and Peabody Awards. She is the founder of the Tamika Festival, the world’s largest URBAN Fringe! 

 She has appeared in TV and film, including appearances on Def Poetry Jam, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and Showtime at the Apollo to name a few. Tamika has performed for over a million LIVE, and has shared stage/screen time with Jill Scott, Tyler Perry, Viola Davis, Mo'nique, Queen Latifah, LeBron James, Killa Mika, and many more. She is blessed to share her gifts for the elevation of ALL.

LadyVee DaPoet

Friday Keynote speaker

DEVEATA WILLIAMS-POUGH, aka LadyVee DaPoet, is an advocate for quality creative expression. She is the author of 5 poetry collections, hostess of the Art Out Loud Open Mic and Do You Lyric Lounge Open Mic Variety Show in Atlanta, GA and owner of LadyVee Productions, LLC, a live entertainment entity for independent performing artists. Her most notable awards in her career are 2023 ATL’s Hottest Spoken Word Artist and Best Event Specialist 2018. Her goal is to inspire, educate, and uplift others with her poetic voice.

Workshop Presenters and speakers

Lucinda Clark

LUCINDA J. CLARK is the founder of the Poetry Matters Project. She has worked with visual artists and authors on the protection, promotion and marketing of their creative works for over 25 years. She is a contributing poet of the View from The Middle of The Road Series of which there are now five editions.  She has also worked with poets ranging from middle schoolers to seniors on a series of anthologies, from these efforts she has published four anthologies with another set for end of this year. Clark is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, Augusta Authors Club, and Past President of the Georgia Poetry Society, Through her work in publishing , P.R.A. Publishing, she is a member of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Poet's House and the Woman’s National Book Association (WNBA-D.C. Chapter).

Ihor Pavlyuk

IHOR PAVLYUK is a Ukrainian poet, writer, teacher, and translator. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Communication. He was named People’s Poet of Ukraine in 2020. He is an English Pen Award and Switzerland Literary Prize winner. His works have been translated into Russian, Belarusian, Polish, English, French, Chinese, Latvian, Bulgarian, Japanese and Italian. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for 2024.

 As the People’s Poet of Ukraine, he reminds Ukrainians of the strength and power of their past history and urges them to see their future with hope, dignity, and power. His appearance at this year’s NFSPS Convention follows a tour of the United States where he used his poetry to convey the difficulties his country faces as a result of the Russian invasion and helped raise funds to help the ever-growing number of orphans in Ukraine.

Noir Jente

KEVIN W. CAMPBELL, aka Noir Jente, DeLand, Florida, an accomplished writer, poet and spoken word artist, is a published author whose work has appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies, including the 2022 BlackBerry Peach Prize compilation. He has served as Poetry Slam Coordinator of Mainstreet Art and Culture Slam of DeLand since 2014, and Poetry Slam Coordinator of both the Florida State Poets Association and the Creative Happiness Institute since 2015. Kevin is on the NFSPS Board as its Performance Poetry Advocate. Mr. Campbell has curated the annual Poetic Visions Competition for the Museum of Art-DeLand since the contest began in 2020. He has served on the board of the African American Museum of the Arts of DeLand since 2015 and is currently its Vice-Chair.


Ed Mabrey

ED MABREY is the greatest poet in the history of Poetry Slam—4 World Championships, 7 Regional Championships, and over 500 wins. An NAACP Image Award Nominee, Ed's been on TV One, as well as ABC, FOX, HBO, CNN, CBS and NBC. Ed has performed at over 400 colleges. A Cave Canem fellow, Watering Hole graduate fellow and Scioto Retreat Cohort, Ed is a Pushcart nominee and was commissioned to craft a speech encompassing the Freedom Award recipients for 2017-2022 for the National Civil Rights Museum. Ed is a choreopoet, screenwriter, and actor. Most recently, Ed is a 2023 Grammy Voting Member and proud member of Phi Theta Kappa.


John R. Hinton

JOHN R. HINTON is the president of the Poetry Society of Indiana. A prolific writer, he posts several of his poems daily on social media sites, as well as presenting daily prompts that encourage creativity in others. He has traveled the state, hosting workshops, open mic events, and presentations. John sees the potential we all have to become writers, and as writers, to form connections that can cross all boundaries. Never static, he’s always seeking new avenues for poets and first-time creative writers to share words, ideas, and personal history, and to make lasting bonds in local communities, within our state, and across the globe. He is the author of two poetry collections: Blackbird Songs and Held.


JONATHAN SAMUEL EDDIE is an award-winning teaching and performance artist who travels the country, empowering students through poetry to improve their emotional health and personal growth. He most recently received the 2023 Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities. Jonathan has performed his unique brand of comedic poetry and storytelling nationally. He has been featured on Write About Now, The Root, and Lucky Jefferson. Jonathan was a runner-up for The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize for Humor. He has opened for comedians such as Bruce Bruce and Earthquake. He is the founder of the  Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam, Inc.