- Dny Strack -
Is One of the Top Performance Poets in Texas
Danny Strack is a poet, performer, tech writer, graphic designer, online marketer, maze creator, juggler, circus artist, educator and science fiction author.
He has released 12 books of original poetry and artwork, and was the playwright of 2 fully produced and well-received works by Austin’s Sky Candy Aerial Arts – The Time Machine (2012) & The Circus (2013), as well as his debut show with Smoke and Mirror's Cabaret in 2010, "Carnivalesque", which was a great success as one of the first shows to premiere at Austin's HighBall.
Danny holds poetry slam championship titles at national, regional and city levels:
Danny served as Executive Director and Slammaster of the Austin Poetry Slam from 2010 – 2015, and is a founder of the Outside Voices Poetry Choir. Danny was a member of the Austin Poetry Slam Team in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and coached in 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
In 2015, his team won both the Southern Fried Regions and the NPS Group Finals. In 2012, Danny was on the Austin Neo-Soul National Slam Team that also won the National Group Poetry Championship. He was the 2010 Individual Austin Poetry Slam Champion. In 2008, Team Austin performed on finals stage at the National Poetry Slam, ultimately taking 3rd place overall in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2007, Danny also won 1st place in the Southwest Shootout Individual Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a regional competition between 20 teams from across the southwestern United States. Danny has performed in hundreds and hundreds of poetry slams over the years, reading hundreds of different poems in the process. He has been a featured poet at: The Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF), Albuquerque Slam, Austin Slam, Berkley Slam, Corpus Christi Slam, El Paso Slam, Flagstaff Slam, Ft. Worth Slam, Houston Write About Now, OKC Slam, Missouri Slam, Salt Lake City Slam, Santa Cruz (open mic), Tucson Slam, and other venues all over the country.
Outside of the slam world, Danny performed in the 'Haiku Death-Match', which received 'Best of Festival' Awards three times in the annual FronteraFest Theater Festival at the Hyde Park Theatre in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In 2006, he also wrote, directed & starred in the short FronteraFest play Zowie Kapow, and starred in the short, satiric independent film, "Gravity: Fact or Fiction" released by Jollyville Pictures. In 2010, Danny's one man poetry show, Growth, also won a FronteraFest Best-of-Fest award.
Danny's performance oriented work is frequently used by students in forensics competitions. He is currently working on his first novel. He likes balloons, games, and is happy to be alive.