The mission of the Spoken Soul Festival, a three-day event, is to produce an annual festival that will help advance the careers of a variety of women artists including poets, fine artists, photographers, filmmakers, and designers. The festival gives talented female performing artists and craftswomen from South Florida a free venue to showcase their talents. We provide three months of free publicity by featuring them in our festival publicity campaign. We hold workshops for at-risk youth and women to learn about careers in the arts and create their own work. We provide networking opportunities at our brunch and throughout the festival. In addition to the events, thanks to a special grant from WomenArts, our website provides a promotional and informational forum for women artists and the arts community as a whole. The SSF website features Spoken Soul TV, Spoken Soul Radio, FREE event listings for events by women, for women or about women, year round digital features for our alumni artists and stronger visibility as well as content provider for our community partners and sponsors.

The Spoken Soul Festival began as an effort to support the first annual SWAN/Support Women Artists Now Day by a group of South Florida’s multi-cultural women artists and  art community leaders. It was inspired by a call for support by WITASWAN (Women in  the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now) and WomenArts, a non-profit arts  service organization dedicated to helping women artists. In the first four years of  Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day, there have been over 700 SWAN events  in 21 countries around the world. WomenArts has recognized SWAN Day Miami as one  of the top five SWAN events worldwide because the festival is one of the largest SWAN  events and one of the most effective in training and supporting the participating women  artists. Since its launch in March 2008, the festival has been awarded proclamations  from the City of Miami Beach, Miami Dade County and the City of Miami as well as a City Of Miami special City Seal. Featured artists have been commissioned or featured  for shows during Art Basel – Miami, Gibson Guitar Showroom, New York Fashion Week,  and Gen Art’s Fresh Faces Miami.

Spoken Soul Festival features three events: SWAN Community Program, SWAN  Spoken Soul Showcase – SWAN DAY, and Vanessa Baez Memorial Women’s Brunch. SWAN Community Program gives the production team, sponsors and featured artists an opportunity to give back to our community by showing young girls and women empowerment through the arts.

SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase is the celebration of SWAN Day. The goal of this artistic  showcase is to help transition novice artists to a career as a successful artist.  Vanessa Baez Memorial Women’s Brunch celebrates everyday women with extraordinary courage. The brunch provides an opportunity for women to celebrate the life of Vanessa Baez while networking and fostering creativity through the sharing of performance art or stories by inspirational guest artists or speakers from the local community.


Spoken Soul Festival 2014 Production Team

Adelle Carlton – SFF Alum 2010 & Brunch Coordinator
Adelle Carlton is a multi-talented artist. Singer, Actor, Model, Mistress of Ceremonies  are just a few of the many hats this creative woman wears. Best known in the SWAN  community as 2010 Spoken Soul Festival Featured Artist, Owner/Jewelry Designer of  Between Spirit & Stone. This self taught jewelry designer has spent some 20+ years  creating wearable art. Adelle’s eye catching, innovative, one-of-a-kind designs stir the  senses and capture the spirit. “It is all about the gemstones and their metaphysical  properties. One of the things I like most is the reaction my pieces get. I am inspired by  nature and this big beautiful world. betweenspiritandstone.com

Aimee Novaton – Production Coordinator
Aimee is an accomplished, highly creative, and fully bilingual (English/Spanish)  television media professional with a wide range of experience in all aspects of production: programming, operations, media planning, studio, field production,  production management, writing, and producing. Her TV credits include MTV/VH1 Latin America, MTV U.S., Discovery Networks, Viacom International Media Networks, Tr3s, CBS, Food Network, History Channel, Telefutura, TV Land, TLC, and most recently Univision. She’s currently developing a scripted series and documentary.

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Amy Baez – Founding Member & Brunch Director

Amy Baez – Amy is a spoken word artist, published author of What Poetic Eyes Speak,  and the founder and director of the Vanessa Baez Memorial Women’s  Brunch. Recently, Amy authored two handwriting programs published under her company Playapy, a child development resource for parents.  playapy.com

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Deborah Magdalena – Founder & Executive Director
Whether she’s hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a  santera, or a vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This  performance artists and founder of Spoken Soul Festival has acquired impressive TV &  Film credits for the past 20 yrs. A published spoken word artist Deborah is currently  producing her first spoken word musical FUNKdalena – The goddess of FUNK! Inspired  by theological experiences, love addiction, redemption from an emotional suicide, 70’s,  FUNK and Latin Soul music.  deborahmagdalena.com[/column]

Omilani – SSF Alum 2013 & Video Producer & Director
The “Source” magazine called her “precocious figure on the spoken word scene,”  audiences compare her to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Duffy, and Lauryn Hill. This Afro-Filipina songwriter has definitely proven she can hold center stage. Performing since the age of seven, Omilani has been featured in many programs. She is most noted for performing her original works of neo-soul music, folkloric dance, tropical fusion/salsa and hip hop. It is Omilani’s intention to show case the art not the artist and she hopes to inspire others to pick up a pen and write. latinegras.com[/column]

Niki Lopez – SSF Alum 2011 & Webmaster
Niki Lopez is a multi-media artist who works primarily in acrylics, “My representational  work allows me to share and explore stories, symbols and concepts from ancient  cultures and ideologies, as well as provoke thought as to the probability of life in other  dimensions, multiple universes and galaxies, how they are all inter-connected with us  here on planet earth”. Known for her vibrant color palate, Lopez’s often ‘other-worldly’  art has been exhibited across South Florida, New York, and California. Lopez is also a Graphic/Web Designer known for her community spirit and avant-garde art shows. Niki is passionate about community outreach, and is affiliated with many local non-profits.

Veronica Garcia Barrios – Producer
A professional writer and television producer, Mrs. Garcia has written and produced  many projects for film, video and the world wide web. She is co-founder of Garnet Productions, a boutique miami based production company and has contributed her skills  to companies such as CBS Productions, Columbia Pictures, MTV, MTV Latino,  Nickelodeon Latino, BBC and the Telemundo Network. She is a graduate from the International Fine Arts College in Miami, FL with a Bachelor’s degree in film, resides in  Miami, is married and the proud mother to 2 ranbuchous boys. You can read all about her adventures in motherhood, marriage, tv production & cooking on one her blogs.



Founding Members –  Poetic Seven

Amy Baez, Deborah Magdalena , Jenny lee Molina, Lyn Bove, Michelle Massanet, Rosa Marcelin and Susan Alvarez

Founding Sponsors

Martha Richards, WomenArts, Spoken Soul Productions, Garnet Productions, Sam Chapra, Henry, Santos, Nestor Torres