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 13 poetry slam teams, the first woman to coach 8 and she is the current CEO of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization.

Candy is one of the Lead Instructors for the Literary Arts in the DFW School Districts. She recently created a teaching artist program for Dallas Poetry Slam that partners with youth organizations in the country. Candy is the current Program Director for The Writer's Garret and one of the Learning Partners for the Dallas Independent School District as well as other school districts in the surrounding areas.

In addition to her poetry slam experience, she has added to her resume, Host City Coordinator for the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 2020 International Team Poetry Slam. She was the former Event Coordinator Poetry Slam Inc.

She maintains a lucrative partnership with WordSpace Non-Profit Literary Organization. Candy facilitates workshops with schools and universities across the county.

Candy 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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