Harlem's Own Lyric


Joan 'Lyric' Leslie is the epitome of what it means to be "more black girl than magic". Her work, a journey through healing and self-love, has been described as a love letter to black women. She uses comedy, poetry and story-telling to bring a narrative of joy to the black experience. Some of Lyric's notable accomplishments include being the:

  • 2018 Java Monkey Rep (Individual World Poetry Slam)

  • 2018 Button Poetry Video Contest Runner up

  • 2017 & 2018 Queen of the South

  • 2017 and 2018 Java Monkey Slam Team member

  • 5th ranked individual poet in the Southeast (Southern Fried Poetry Slam 2017)

  • 2017 Women of the World rep for Art Amok Slam


The Stage

Harlem's Own Lyric performing "Therapy" at Java Monkey Speaks WOWPS '17 Qualifier

"Daddy's Fears" at Art Amok Slam


ThE Page

'My Blackness Rhymes with Joy' is a collection of poems and short stories capturing the life experiences that have shaped Lyric into the artist she is today. Through this chapbook, she aims to inspire women of color to heal and love themselves through the love and support of their respective communities.

"How am I more black girl than magic but have still managed to convince the world otherwise."

The Podcast

Both transplants to Atlanta, Alex and Lyric highlight a variety of independent artists whose work is inspired by spoken word and slam poetry. 


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