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Jazz & Poetry

Poets M'vyonne Payne, Angela Roux, Sheri Purpose Hall and Teresa Leggard share the stage with some of Kansas City's best jazz musicians for an evening of song and words.


Sheri “Purpose” Hall is an author, National Poetry Slam competitor, Harlem Book Fair Midwest Poetry Slam winner, a 2012 ArtsKC Awards featured artist; and has performed at the Starlight Theater, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Unicorn Theater, and produced a show called "MoDézir: The Word Jones Experience" featured at the 2012 fringe festival.  She's won multiple slams and is a member of Slam ULIT, a RAW artist, a HISWILL poet, and a Bold New Poet.  She is a Jazz Poetry Jams winner, a Poetry for Personal Power featured poet and a Tangled Roots Fellow who showcased poetry and visual art work at the Jewish Community Campus.  She is also the Current Host of the Gospel of Poets Radio Show aired on KPRT 1590.

Ms. Hall has recently released 2 books, a workbook and workshop called "Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal", and a chapbook called “Chosen For Both."  She has also previously released a CD of spoken word poetry entitled “D’lilahs Deliverance: The Makeover." (All of which are available for purchase on

Sheri is a proficient communicator, mentor, and writer with experience and education, grant writing, and non-profit start-up.  She is currently the artistic director of G.Y.R.L. and is active in many other community organizations. 



Best described as, "A poet's poet," M'Vyonne Payne is a national touring poet, slam master, and the founder and curator of the first slam venue in Kansas City Missouri's history to compete at Nationals, Slam ULit. Some of her more noteworthy accomplishments include: Being a 5-time Jazz Poetry Jams Slam winner, headlining her own regional poetry tour; being The Poet Of The Day on AllDefPoetry; qualifying for the Inspired Word's Slam Master Jam Poetry Slam Finals in NYC; and being a featured poet at a cornucopia of distinguished educational facilities such as: UMKC, Peru, Pittsburg State and Baker Universities, to name a few.  

She has also released an EP titled 'Son, Shine' and 2 written collections of poems, Cumulonimbus (2013) and MurderWind (2015). Her most crowning achievement to date, though, happened when she became the first black woman and Kansas City native to compete on a wild card slam team in the 25-year history of the world's largest poetry competition at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. When she is not touring or writing, Ms. Payne stays active in her community as a mental health advocate, human rights activist, youth poetry coach and mentor for KC Poet Tree, and blogger for various websites.


Born and raised in South Kansas City, MO, Angela Roulette (also known as Mz Angela Roux) has always been a fan of language. Beginning with writing short stories at age eight, she did not find her poetic voice until her early 20s. She describes her poetry as “edu-tainment” combining witty perspectives on modern day womanhood with social commentary. She participated in RAW: Spectrum - An Artist Showcase in April 2014. She was named “Best Spoken Word Act” in Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2013” edition. She is the creator and producer of Estrogen Rush!, an all-female poetry show, which debuted in November 2012 and had its 2nd show, Estrogen Rush! A Tribute to Maya Angelou ran in July 2014. She has featured at the 2010 and 2013 KC Fringe Festival and performed as some of KC's premiere poetry venues. Currently, she published her debut poetry book “The Sinbads Sessions” in November 2015 and is the host of “Roux On The Radio” on