Just Buffalo teaching artist MEGAN KEMPLE is a writer, actress, dancer, and teaching artist based out of Buffalo, NY. In 2017 and 2018, she represented Buffalo at the National Poetry Slam with Pure Ink Poetry, ending in the top ten teams in the nation, and personally placing third in the NUPIC individual slam. Her first chapbook, American Blasphemies, was released through Ghost City Press in March 2017, and was subsequently staged as a fully realized immersive dance piece. Her poetry has also been published in Foundlings Magazine, Vending Machine Press, and Feminspire. Her plays have been produced by Buffalo United Artists, American Repertory Theatre of Western New York, Road Less Travelled Productions, and Niagara University. She is certified in Barter Theatre’s Project R.E.A.L. (Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning), an innovative hands-on method that combines theatre tools, self-reflection, and peer interaction to teach classroom material and emotional health.