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