Anthony Blacksher is a professor of sociology at San Bernardino Valley College. He is also Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His dissertation, Life After Def: Representing the New(er) Black Realism in Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam, explores how spoken word poets negotiate their role as organic intellectuals through commercial television.
As a spoken word poet (Ant Black) he helped bring the San Diego poetry community to national prominence. He is one of the founders of Collective Purpose, hosting one of the largest and longest running open-mic in the area, Elevated. Anthony is a five-time member of the San Diego Poetry Slam Team, leading the 2013 team to final stage. He has collaborated with the dance company bkSoul to stage three full-length shows exploring the fusion between text, movement, and hip-hop.
Rajiv Rebello is the co-faciliator of SocioPoetix. He is responsible for generating discussions with academic and business professionals about better ways of actively engaging and educating communities about social issues through the use of visual and audio tools such as spoken word that more directly connect them to the issues at hand.
Rajiv previously taught biology and algebra in high-needs schools in New York City, before embarking on a career in finance and insurance.