hannawatsonHanna Elisabeth Watson was raised in a Christ-centered household where she created countless hand-clapping, foot-stomping, Pentecostal memories. Despite her foundations, she often behaved like the Biblical prodigal son, struggling to see relationship with God as the ultimate prize in a world that offered a wealth of scintillating gifts. However, when confronted with the harrowing reality of police brutality, Hanna found solace in a deeper reliance on the God who desired to make her broken community and wandering soul new. It was then that Hanna began to write spoken word poetry.

Through this art form, the Creator reintroduced Himself to her by teaching her how to mimic His methods of making something good out of nothing–nothing but the words that He would give her. So today, Hanna is a protégé (noun. one who is protected or trained or whose career is furthered by a person of experience, prominence, or influence) of God, the most prolific spoken word poet of all time.

Hanna studies Poetry and African-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she continually publishes and performs her work. She has ministered in cities from Washington D.C. to Cape Town, South Africa, and was featured in Poets in Autumn, the largest spoken word tour in the world.

Some of Hanna’s work can be found online at:
– https://cellardoorunc.wordpress.com/ (poetry for the page)
– Your (Multiethnic, Inter-racial, Cross-Cultural) Kingdom Come (A podcast on reconciliation)
– Hanna’s YouTube channel
– She also shares poems on her Facebook page and Instagram, @hannawatsonwrites

 

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Erin Rose lives and works in vibrant Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as Worship & Teaching Pastor at East End Fellowship. Erin is also a member of Urban Doxology, a ministry that is writing the soundtrack of reconciliation for the church. Her greatest joy lies in leading God’s people in authentic worship and teaching them the truth found in God’s Word. She also enjoys eating delicious food, spending time with loved ones, and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge.

 

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Kristen Peyton is a painter, printmaker, and muralist working from observation and invention. She earned a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2017 and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in 2012. Kristen is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a resident of Ashland, Virginia, where she works as the Director and Curator of the Flippo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College. This summer she received the First-Place Juror’s Prize in Oxford Art Alliance’s National Juried Show 2017 in Oxford, Pennsylvania, juried by Tom Pardon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Additionally, she has exhibited works in curated shows across the East Coast and in New York City, including Blue Mountain Gallery’s 2018 Juried Exhibition, juried by Betty Cuningham, Linda Matney Gallery’s Celebration of Female Artists, Manifest Gallery’s MASTER PIECES, and First Street Gallery’s MFA National Competition, juried by Lance Esplund, art critic for the Wall Street Journal. To see works by Kristen Peyton, visit KristenPeyton.com.

 

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