Mr. Tim Swain is an award-winning poet, educator, and catalyst for social change. He has used poetry to transform thousands of lives across the globe and has been the keynote speaker at dozens of conferences, colleges and churches. Swain has headlined venues in Mexico and Africa focusing on empowerment through literacy, as well had his work serve as the inspiration for Why I Write, a national anti-bullying campaign in London, England.
He holds a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos and works diligently to improve the lives of disenfranchised communities through the performing arts, mentoring, and community empowerment programs.
Rome D. Meeks is a Ph.D. student of Psychology at Michigan State University. Before this, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Science and Technology Studies, and a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. His work focuses on the neurological effects of physical, social, and environmental stress on youth living in poor, urban areas. In addition, Rome is interested in community program development and program evaluation.