Negwes White is coached by Stacey Dugan for Team Native Lynx. This poem is about a young Chicago poet speaks truth to what it is like to be a Native American teenager in urban America today – relating his struggle to find an identity to the struggles of his people.
The members of Team Native Lynx: Marvin Gutierez, Marcie Saldana, Britteney Conner, Eddie Garcia, Johnny Lowe, Negwes White and Ashleigh Wolsord are coached by Stacey Dugan. These six young Chicago authors explain what it is like for them living in inner-city
Linda Davis, of team Kuumba Lynx, is coached by K.h. West and Soyini Strong. This poem is about a young Chicago girl's struggle with street life, using poetry to discuss her upbringing and the burdens of living in poverty.