Lysania Thomas is a brown, queer, woman storyteller, acclaimed as a two-time Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion and six-time winner of Philadelphia Pride Poetry Slam. She is a highly regarded performer, writer and social justice artist. Rooted in her various global communities, Lysania’s work in youth development and LGBTQ+ advocacy are the compass for her writing and passion. Opening for the likes of Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, The Roots and many more. Lysania is currently working on her first book of poetry and resides in Portland, Oregon with her partner, child and pup.