STACEYANN CHIN: Chin is a self-described Jamaican National and â€œout poet and political activist,â€ who has been promoting social justice since 1998, when she began on the poetry circuitâ€”winning several major competitions, including the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam; the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam; and winner of the 1998 and 2000 Slam This! In November 2002 she achieved national recognition as a co-writer and performer in the Tony Award-winning, Russell Simmonsâ€™ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Subsequently her poetry on identity, race and sexuality has been published in high profile newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2007 Chin made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles of growing up as a lesbian in Jamaica. In 2009 Chin released, The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir and participated in the National Equality March in Washington D.C.