|Brian James Hannon is Split This Rock's Education and Youth Development Fellow. Brian currently teaches Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and English 11 at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia. Brian has been teaching English for ten years and has also taught 8th grade, 10th grade, and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition throughout his teaching career. He received his B.A. in English and his M.A.T. in Secondary Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Brian is the co-founder of poetryN.O.W. and the sponsor of Hayfield's after school poetry program, The Poetry Slam Club. He is also the recipient of Hayfield's prestigious Teacher of the Month Award. In his free time, Brian is an avid Muay Thai practitioner and a film/literature enthusiast.|
Alexa Patrick is a singer and poet from Connecticut. Alexa is a Cave Canem Fellow and 2019 Head Coach of the D.C. Youth Slam Team. She has held teaching positions through Split This Rock, The University of the District of Columbia, and the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. She has also coached the slam teams of American University and George Washington University for the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. You may find Alexa's work published in The Quarry, Gargoyle, CRWN Magazine, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic.
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