It should be noted, V.O.W. host Styxx is humble – he mentions he wouldn’t even put himself on a top three list of spoken word performers in Indianapolis, instead giving nothing but love, gratitude, and those top spots to notable contemporary performers Januarie York, Too Black, and Theon Lee.
“Easily the best female performer in the state, the heart of the spoken word movement,” says Styxx of York. “All three are the soul of the movement. If I were on that list of the best in Indianapolis, it’s because of those performers that I am even here.”
Indianapolis is known for a lot of things—sports, visual arts, and even music—but not poetry. These three Indiana natives are working to change that. In a city that has suffered multiple levels of artistic division, Tony Styxx, Too Black, and Januarie York are working to pass their legacy on to an up-and-coming generation of artists.