Born in Los Angeles California, with Texas upbringing first time author, Joshua A. H. Burns, found his love for books as a child. His parents, Christine and Herbert Burns made sure he had every opportunity to experience a wide variety of stories as he grew up. Joshua Burns explored those opportunities by joining the Broadcast journalism organization at Dulles High school. After high school, Joshua Burns attended the Historically Black College Prairie View A & M in Prairie, View Texas and continued to cultivate his skill of writing and expression for the Prairie View A & M newspaper. Joshua Burns decided to transition to Sam Houston State University to complete his studies in Criminal Justice in 2004. On January 1st 2006 Joshua Burns joined the historical renowned NPHC organization of Iota Phi Theta; where his line name was “wOrldWide”. Opportunities didn’t stop there for Joshua Burns as he went on to become a member of the National Association of Black and Criminal Justice organization and the Student Government Association at Sam Houston State University. Joshua Burns credits his love for writing and telling stories to his mother Christine Burns who taught him to always express himself “no matter what it cost.” His future goals includes continuing to create new worlds in storytelling and finding more ways to glorify God through his spiritual gifts. Currently Joshua Burns works as a dispatcher for a school district police department in Houston, TX. He plans on finishing his degree in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University this year and continuing to create stories that explore differences, equality and imagination
Shiarnice Taylor better known as Lyric the poet was born and raised by a single mother in Houston, TX growing up with roots descending from Louisiana and Los Angeles California she began writing at an early age of 7 years old where she grew her love for poetry at a youth center she attended called Phoenix Outreach Youth Center in fifth-ward Texas. It is there where she found her passion for writing about personal experiences of her childhood and life. She begin to perform at various events for the youth center; along with being asked to perform for weddings and private family events. At the age of 17 she begin attending college at Sam Houston State University where she became a part of Sam Houston’s Slam Poetry Team traveling to nationals in Poetry slams in Philadelphia and Corpus Christi. Sam Houston is also the birth of her poetic stage name Lyric being known for combining singing and song lyrics into her poetry she developed the name inspired by the movie Jason’s Lyric. Upon graduating from Sam Houston State University Lyric was interested in continuing to perform so she decided to check out the Poetry scene in Houston where she entered her first slam competitions at Cypher House and The Secret Word Café. She was asked to feature her poetry at The Secret Word Café which led to more performances at various venues around Houston, TX. Lyric released her first solo musical/poetic album in May 2014 entitled Lessons Learned where she sold out copies of her album at her first album release party. Lyric released her first poetry/testimonial book in 2016 entitled The Released. She released her 2nd book entitled The Forgiveness Letters in February 2018; a collection of letters/ poetry to people she needed to forgive and ask for forgiveness from. She is currently working on her 3rd book entitled From Bitter to Better scheduled to be released Early 2019. Lyric is also a member of Fallbrook Church in Houston, TX where she is involved in the Young Adult Ministry as a Sunday school/Bible Study teacher and also assisting with the Youth Ministry grades 9th12th. She enjoys speaking to youth in any capacity to help motivate, relate and cultivate a strong mindset that no matter where you come from you can do anything in this world with the strength of Jesus Christ. Lyric credits her talent and love for poetry to God first as he is the center of her life and her spirituality along with the strong tides to her family giving thanks to her mother and grandmother for never giving up on her no matter the situation. She is honest and transparent in her poetry feeling as though she has nothing to hide in sharing her stories and testimony to help others gain the strength and courage to tell their stories.