Barbara Fant, originally from Youngstown, Ohio is a performance poet and an artist facilitator. She graduated in 2010 with a B.A. of English from Ohio Dominican University. She has been on three National Poetry slam teams from Columbus and has represented the city in four Individual National and World Poetry slam competitions. Her first poetry collection, Paint, Inside Out was released in April 2010 from Penmanship Books of New York City when she was awarded The Cora Craig Award for Young Women Authors. She is a former employee of the Huckleberry House and of Art for a Child’s Safe America, working in prisons, correctional juvenile facilities, and elementary schools teaching art as a form of healing. She is also a member of Transit Arts, ArtFluential of REACH communications, Is Said and the Advance Party and has also been a regular performer on the radio show Street Soldiers. She is currently an associate minister of the New Song Community Church and is a first year seminary student at the Methodist Theological School, focusing on becoming a prison chaplain. She believes that her inspiration comes from God and of all the life experiences that He has blessed her with along her journey.