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.
Myself Gilu Joseph. Hailing from a village named Kumily in south India. Written three poetry books in native language (Malayalam). Acted in 15 Indian movies. Written songs in 8 Malayalam movies. Worked as a cabin crew in Dubai for 8 years. Right now focusing more on movies , travelling and modelling. Family has two elder sisters and mother. Father passed away two years back. Loves writing, travelling and photography.
Ruby Roxx is a Vancouver BC born and raised model, advocate, and writer. She is passionate about helping people learn to love and accept themselves in all stages of their life. She is a firm believer that we are all beautiful in our own ways, and what makes us unique is what makes us so special. She has a love for lingerie, art, music, the ocean, cooking, travelling, and spending time with her friends, family, and French Bulldog "Cash" (named after Johnny). Ruby has been a model for nearly 13 years, and in the past has worked as a chef, event planner, preschool teacher and special needs aide. Ruby is open about her struggles with chronic depression and anxiety and hopes to help break down the stigma against mental health, by sharing her experiences and feelings, through speaking at public events, writing articles and blog posts, and simply being 100% true and real on social media at all times. Ruby has been featured on Good Morning America, The Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, and many other news outlets for her work fighting cyber bullies and body shamers, and is a regular contributor to FabUPlus Magazine.
My name is Kari. I live in a city of artists, dreamers and make believers. I earn a living posing in front of cameras and looking “pretty”. A clothes hanger, a living mannequin, a model. This career has given me so many opportunities and experiences which I am endlessly grateful for. Despite all of the glamour and all of the money that comes with being a model, I have always known deep down at the core of soul that I was destined to do more. To feel more. To be more.
Pretty is not my purpose.
I want to be a voice for those who know they have more to offer than what meets the eye. Who feel suppressed by their image. Who are trying to fill up a box that society told them they should. Who want more than to pose for a photo, sing a song,appear on a screen, they want to make people feel something. When you are watched by followers and consumers of media they are quick to make assumptions about who you may be as a person. You appear a certain way therefore you must be a certain way and possess a specific set of characteristics.
The most important thing I want anybody reading this to know- Every. Single. Person. Has thoughts nobody has heard, and never will. WE ALL have dreams, fantasies, feelings, sadness, anger, pleasure and secrets that make us who we are. You never know anybody’s soul. That is okay... it’s about being aware that others have one and about understanding that their soul is just as vast and yearning as your own. Be willing to learn more about others. Be flexible in your opinions. Be kind, be open, be love.