SSF 2019 Featured Poet Ronavia Williams


“A story untold. Ronavia Williams is a confident, strong-willed and a God-fearing woman. Although this is not something that has always been easy for her to become, she encourages you to believe that you too have the power and ability to rediscover yourself in a new light by the grace of God.

Ronavia is a fighter and Coming Forth to share her story organically, resiliently and with stains that have been washed and dried. She presently enjoys watching herself become more whole, open to honesty while most importantly loving and raising her 3 beautiful children and surrounding herself with a circle of influence.

Through her poetry and spoken word, Ronavia shares with you a preview of Come Forth.

It’s time to become the best version of yourself!

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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