- Dny Strack -
Is One of the Top Performance Poets in Texas
Danny Strack has been performing poetry live for over a decade.
He is the Slammaster/Executive Director of the Austin Poetry Slam, and a five-time member / three-time coach of teams representing Austin at Nationals. The author of 10 full length books of poetry, Danny's performance oriented work is frequently used by students in forensics competitions.
Danny is also a juggler and playwright associated with the Sky Candy Aerial Circus Arts School and has written two fully produced and well-received plays ("The Time Machine" in 2012 & "The Circus" in 2013), as well as his debut show with Smoke and Mirror's Cabaret in 2010, "Carnivalesque", which was also a great success as one of the first shows to premiere at Austin's HighBall.
Danny performed in the 'Haiku Death-Match', which received the 'Best of Festival' Award three years 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, won a FronteraFest Best-of-Fest award.
He is currently working on his first novel. He likes balloons, games, and is happy to be alive.
Poetry Slam Credentials:
Danny was a member of the Austin Poetry Slam Team in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and coached in 2011, 2013 & 2014. In 2012, Danny was on the Austin Neo-Soul National Slam Team that won the National Group Poetry Championship. 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: AIPF, Albuquerque Slam, Austin Slam, Berkley Slam, Corpus Christi Slam, El Paso Slam, Flagstaff Slam, Ft. Worth Slam, OKC Slam, Missouri Slam, Salt Lake City Slam, Santa Cruz (open mic), Tucson Slam, and other venues all over the country.