Executive Director

Executive Director- Candy



Sherrie Zantea (Candy) has been writing and performing poetry for over 25 years. Candy made the 2007 Dallas Poetry Slam Team, and to date has been on 11 poetry slam teams, the first woman to coach 7 and she is the current CEO of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization. Candy is a teaching artist and teaches creative writing in the DFW School Districts. She recently created a teaching artist program for Dallas Poetry Slam and works for and/or partnered with Young DFW Writers LTAB (Louder Than a Bomb) Program, Rockwall ISD, and Lancaster ISD.

She is the current Teaching Artist Lead Instructor for the The Writer's Garret “Rail Writers” program, and Learning Partner for Big Thought Youth Development Non-Profit and the Dallas Independent School District.

In addition to her poetry slam experience, she has added to her resume 2017 and 2018 Host City Coordinator of the Women of the World Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam Event Coordinator with Poetry Slam Inc.. She maintains a lucrative partnership with WordSpace Non-Profit literacy organization where she serves as Administrator and Facilitator of social media affairs.

Candy facilitates workshops with universities across the county. She has published a poetry/recipe book "Heirlooms", a spiritual chap book, “Sherrie’s Sanctuary", poetry CD "Candy Unplugged", and a DVD “The Candy Project”. She continues to provide workshops, features and leadership through literary arts all over the world.

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