…Is a Bi-racial North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, motivational speaker, and executive director of non profit organization The Diatribe.
Fable is the 2016 recipient of a Community Advocate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is the currently holding the title of Poet Laureate.
He is the author of “Adrift in a Sea of M&M’s” (2016) and is currently working to finish his second collection of poems titled Metamorphosis; an extroverted caterpillars guide to becoming an introverted butterfly (2019).
Fable is the first person under the age of 40, and the first person of color to have earned the title of poet laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan; a three-year tenure with already measurable successes achieved within the first year. Fable is highly noted for his work with the youth through his non profit The Diatribe; using his own stories to consume the audience and is making a huge effort in lifting up youth across the country encouraging them to unpack their own struggles.
He is known across the nation for crowd-interactive features that leave those attending enlightened and empowered.
Buckle up, prepare to make a new friend, and enjoy the ride.
He is also the founder and host of The Original Back to the 90’s Parties. He also founded Auto’s Tee’s and Fits clothing company focused on promoting Grand Rapids and Michigan through creative word-play and design. G Foster II is the host of a local open mic founded in 2013, based out of Grand Rapids and now has expanded to Detroit, MI. Aside from entrepreneurial pursuits, G Foster II is a dedicated artist of spoken word poetry, musician, M.C. in hip hop group Gray Theory, and community activist. Even though he has no kids of his own, it doesn’t stop him from helping the youth and being the change that he wishes to see in the world.
Everything changed in the fall of 2016 when Michaelyn came of legal drinking age, stumbled into Stella’s on a Mondaynight, and discovered a second love, one more passionate than academia; spoken word poetry. Two years later Michaelyn remains a semester shy of graduating from Grand Valley, but has decided to take a sabbatical from school to fully invest in her art and the opportunities she’s found to work with her community. She has performed in showcases at Art Prize and New Holland, and will be performing in The Grand Showcase featuring Andrea Gibson this October. More importantly, Michaelyn has been offered the opportunity to share her art through youth educational programming at The Diatribe. Working with students has been a greater gift than poetry itself, and she hopes to continue her involvement with the non-profit as a teaching artist for years to come.
An award-winning writer and spoken word artist who has been
featured on NPR, traveled the country on a mental health awareness tour ; co-organized the re-installation of Slam Poetry in Grand Rapids, & was on the first team to represent the team at the National Poetry Slam in over a decade in 2017.
KFG goes by “they” because gender is a shape-shifter. They are perhaps too passionate about ice cream & feel most alive when dancing like they’ve got no bones.
KFG has mentored & facilitated youth workshops & programs locally & across the country. They were once (& some days are still) a kid who swallowed their voice & mastered disappearance, in order to survive the battlegrounds of home. Providing physical & energetic spaces which support & validate the voices of youth waters the seeds of compassion for self & others. Every generation is an evolution, & they have so much to teach us.