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Leah Marché is an arts entrepreneur, performance poet and journalist/writer. In 2005, she co-founded BlackPoet Ventures, a Phoenix, AZ based performance arts company that produces spoken word theatrical performances. Her work has been featured at the PHX Fringe Festival, St. Louis Fringe Festival and National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Part of the administrative staff at Herberger Theater Center, she is an active arts & culture member/volunteer and a freelance graphic designer. The two-time Phoenix National Poetry Slam team member has presented/performed at events such as Arts & Business Council of Phoenix, TEDx Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ignite Phoenix, Arizona Storytellers Project and GreenBiz Forum.
She is a proud product of the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, an alumna of SEED SPOT’s inaugural community program for social entrepreneurs and a finalist in Phoenix New Times’ 2013 Big Brain Awards. Grants to further her work have included: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; South Arts; and Arizona Commission on the Arts. She currently coordinates the Several Lives Book Club, is a contributing writer for BroadwayBlack.com, and was named one of three regional organizers for Network of Ensemble Theaters.