Spoken word rapped with music bringing images to consciousness. Chicago performance poet Marlon Billups won a spot on the Bellwood, IL 1998 National Poetry Slam team. He is the co-founder and host of Third Floor Poets and has been featured at the Chicago Cultural Center. Marlon’s poetry has braced the audiences at the DuSable Museum, Chicago State University, Guild Complex, and Afrika West to name a few. His work has been published in the Eagle and Egg: A Literary Journal. Look for Marlon’s poetry in his forthcoming collection Breathing, in addition to the soon-to-be released Urbanicity Spoken Word CD. He is a member of Chicago Writers Collective: A Community of Writers and Seven Plumpp* Poets (*Blues poet Professor Sterling Plumpp).