LASHON DALEY: B.A. in English, University of Miami (2005); M.F.A. in Writing, Sarah Lawrence College (2008); M.A. in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley (2015). Lashon's research focuses on performances of Black cultural expressions in the U.S. She is a 2014 Callaloo Poetry Fellow and a 2015 UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow. In 2018, she won the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Artistic Talent. As a scholar, dancer, storyteller, choreographer, and published author, Lashon thrives on bridging communities together through movement and storytelling. Lashon has also danced professionally with D’Project, N’Fungola Sibo African Dance and Drum Company, Ballet Hysell, and IrieDance. In recent years, she has trained with Joe Goode Performance Group and at the Katherine Dunham Annual Technique Intensive in St. Louis. In addition, Lashon is the creator of Stories&Slams, a podcast that focuses on everyday stories.