Elizabeth “Lizz” Straight is a woman. She is Alora’s mom. She is married to Matthew. She writes sometimes. She intends to read contemporary literature in her free time, but instead she plays Fruit Ninja and reads celebrity gossip. She has a degree in English/Creative Writing from The University of South Florida and it took her 12 years to get it. She was born in 1980 of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (yes she meant of). At various times in her life, she was ranked 8th in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam (2007), she was took first place at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam (2003 & 2008), she hosted “Poetry Is…” a poetically revolutionary radio show on WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa, FL (2005-2010) and she spearheaded the most gangsta poetry prison tour ever under the name “Lizz Straight Ministries” (2005-2010). She currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL where she sings in the choir and rings in the hand bell choir at church most every Sunday. There is the rare occasion when she steps out on the karaoke scene in Palm Beach County and reminds the world who the f*@! she is! That is all.
Other Cool Things Lizz Has Done
She is a member of Black on Black Rhyme, blackonblackrhyme.com, the largest spoken word poetry collective in the country. She has opened for international recording artists such as The Last Poets, Dwele, and Chrisette Michelle. She was featured in the documentaries ‘Rhapsodists’ and ‘Portrait of a Poet’an honorable mention at the Hollywood Film Festival in 2007.