Nate Mask and Ryan J are both Atlanta based spoken word artists who have competed and found success in Slam at national, regional, and local levels.
They are tolerated in their local scene because their poems are somewhat entertaining, but nobody actually likes either of them. Throughout their work, both poets use humor and passion to draw audiences in, while providing insightful and scathing commentary on both social and personal issues. Their work touches on topics ranging from race, politics, relationships, mental health, driving in Atlanta traffic, and more. In 2016, Ryan self-published his first chapbook: “Go Home Ryan,” a brief look at the struggle of deconstructing masculinity, relationships, and learning how to exist in a world that looks down on blackness. Nate has self published two chapbooks, “Well, This Is Awkward…” and his latest, “Love Is For Suckers,” is an exploration into past, present, and future relationships and learning to forgive and love yourself.