Crystal Irby

crystalPoet & Activist

Crystal has performed on several world famous stages including the Comedy Store, Da Poetry Lounge, and the Pan-African Film Festival.  She was the 2004 Los Feliz Grand Slam Champion, performed at the 2004 National Poetry Slam.  She was a member of the 2005 Hollywood Slam Team, which placed third at the 2005 National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, NM.  In 2006, Crystal became only the second female in the history of the Hollywood Slam Team to win the title of Grand Slam Champion.  In addition to spoken word, Crystal was a contributing writer and editor for LOUDmouth, a feminist magazine.   She was a member of the international poetry collective, Colors of the Diaspora, which was comprised of female artists from the U.S. and South Africa.
In June 2005, Crystal traveled to South Africa and performed in the premiere of the original multi-lingual theater piece, Colors of the Diaspora, at the internationally acclaimed Market Theater in Johannesburg and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.  Crystal is featured in I Am A Woman, a documentary focused on the creative process of Colors of the Diaspora.  I Am A Woman appeared on the South African Broadcast Channel continuously in the fall 2005.  Crystal also appeared in Spit, a documentary which focused spoken word and its power to change lives and give hope. Spit premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in February 2006. Crystal has worked tirelessly as an activist including Program Coordinator for the Pan African Student Resource Center at CSULA.  She continues to facilitate several workshops and conferences around race, gender, and activism. She is also a co-writer and cast member of The Mrs. & the Mistress.

Crystal Irby