Ryan K. Russell
Ryan Russell is a professional football player in the NFL and a born poet. He began writing around the age of seven when he lost his stepfather in a motorcycle accident and realized just how little his biological father was truly in his life. Ryan’s mother relocated him from Buffalo, New York to Dallas, Texas where Ryan then fell in love with football. Though his love for football was well known and well celebrated he kept embracing, improving, and exploring his first love of writing. Ryan graduated from the prestigious Purdue University and was drafted to the Dallas Cowboys. He saw most of his success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is excited to apply the same hard work and dedication to his writing as well. Ryan’s poetry is a strong collection of memories, emotional trials, and larger than life depictions into the human condition. He hopes to inspire those going through trauma, abuse, abandonment, insecurity, and many afflictions he also struggles with through this poetic adventure. Love and healing are also constant themes that arise, and are portrayed as areas we can always work hard to improve. Ryan also hopes to inspire other boys, and young men, to explore and cultivate their creative sides. We are all more than one talent and one dream. We are multifaceted and phenomenal beings with unlimited capabilities.
Makenna Misuraco is a writer with a cause. Her works draw from the experiences she's had with love, heartbreak, life and sexuality. There is a rawness behind her art that has stemmed from the therapeutic need to put pen to paper. In attempts to make sense of the world we live in, she finds that being human can be intricate but solely worth it when you're not alone. While traveling and facing new experiences, she hopes to reach people in ways that her mentors have reached her- through words, authenticity and the desire to feel whole.
Scott Felix is a Lost Boy from the Neverland known as Southern California. A happy little accident to his sixteen year old parents. With his parents divorcing at the age of four, his childhood was full of memories being raised by his single mother alongside his grandparents. Being the eldest of five, he always felt the urge to make them all proud. With a full athletic scholarship, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Theatre, that propelled him into his artistic adventure.
Mediocre Poet. Sloppy Painter. Average Actor. Decent Director. Scott is a blue-collar artist that has decided to make beautiful things even if nobody cares. Writing only from his beloved typewriter named Circe, he refuses to be boxed in as having one style. His readers will be taken on a rollercoaster through the museum of his mind, never knowing what will be on the next page. Felix firmly believes that every writer from Bukowski to Edgar Allen Poe have an infinite portal that opens in their soul offering divine art for only mere seconds, which must be acted upon immediately to capture it. Always traveling with his typewriter, Felix lives by a quote from one of his artistic ancestors Vincent Van Gogh.
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.”
Ro Lamb inspires people to connect with the present so that together we will leave the world better than we found it. He is a writer and storyteller who lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and 3, soon to be 4, kids.