Joyce Cunha aka SlamMama has been the Lizard Lounge Co-SlamMaster since 2000. She has attended every National Poetry Slam since 1999, when she was the First Alternate for the Cantab Team. When she’s not hanging out at the Lizard Lounge, she’s a Coordinator of Special Education and Student Services for the Boston Public School system at the Ellis and the Higginson Schools in Roxbury. Joyce grew up in Somerville and has been living in Dorchester for most of her adult life. Her passion for poetry and artistic expression, teaching, and children enriches her life. Her large extended family, which includes her friends, is her lifeline.
A Boston poet who believes that there is extraordinary power in words and considers his poetry to be socially conscious as well as entertaining. Art hopes that his brand of poetry will motivate action, provoke thought, and stimulate the mind of the listener. He is a co-host of the Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam venue and was a member of the 2008, 2010 and 2016 Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team. Art is also a member of the Brother’s Keeper Poetry Theatre Ensemble. He is and educator in the Boston Public School system and continues to perform his unique style of poetry with the aspirations of reaching a global audience.
Clarissa is a lover of life! When not working her 9-5, you can find her cooking, nature/city exploring, eating at a local restaurant, perusing a farmers market, sippin a craft brew, or at a live arts event. Since 2012, she’s danced with local afrobeat band, Federator No1.
Clarissa has performed & hosted various events formally & informally, since 2003. Born and raised in Harlem, but spending over the last 17 years in New England, it’s no surprise that her high curiosity NY energy syncs with the nature beacon of NE. You can hear more of her on the Smokin’ Rhymes radio show with Rexy 45.