In no particular order:
E the Poet MC....is one of the most consistent, one of the most versatile writers and is definitely the peoples’ poet...
LOVE the poet: one of the best ‘from page 2 stage’ poets... always has strong recordings and is fearless as a writer
Olu Butterfly Woods: …from another planet artistically which makes her mad original... fits into any setting as a performer and one of the most effective abstract writers... has always inspired me!
Taalam Acey: Greatest spoken word poet of this entire era, possibly the greatest ever! he can write on subject matter from Love to politics and art etc... all equally well... one of thee most consistent anywhere who just happens to live in Baltimore.
and.... drum roll!!!!!!
Luminous: very slept on….. but one of the most vivid and descriptive writers out there... incredible concepts and approaches subjects that most poets won’t or can’t touch with a wit and cleverness that is often lacking in the realm of "performance poetry" and has a knack for making it look rather easy...
Gray..has always been a very dynamic performer and the writing continues to grow at an drastically inspiring rate.... one of the bravest poets I know and as dope as he is, probably isn't nowhere near as dope as he eventually will be! can't wait to hear what he writes next! I'm such a fan... of all of them!!!!!
and one more thing... Ad-Lib will easily take one of those top 5 spots back very soon now that he’s back performing again, because he's easily one of the best ever ….from anywhere... not just Baltimore!!!!
ps... best spoken word/poetry group... 5th L... They’re in the top 1 in that category!!!