SEAN BATTLE-Founder and CEO
Born in Camden, NJ, Sean Battle is the combination of an ambitious mother and pro wrestling antics. His service in the arts is to carve out worlds for when there is nowhere else for him and others to reside. The holder of an MFA in poetry and BA in English from Rutgers University and formerly an instructor of English at Essex County College, Battle is the author of three self-published full-length collections: HAPPY ENDINGS ARE EARNED (2021), PROFESS (2018) and THE FOREST OF BRICKS (2015), with poems also found in various journals including Radius: from the Center to the Edge, The Legendary, FreezeRay Poetry,
Journal Of New Jersey Poets, and more. Prior to launching EvoluCulture with the launch of Evolution Dopen Mic on October 9th, 2014, Battle was co-host of two of the longest running open mics in New Jersey: Verbal Mayhem in New Brunswick, and People’s Open Mic in Newark.
Treasure Borde is a New Jersey-based poet, actress and educator with degrees in communication and theatre. As a teaching artist, she has taught some amazing rising stars. She is featured on the album, Voices of New York, along with poets from New Jersey and New York. She is also the proud owner of Treys Golden Confections , which specializes in gourmet vegan donuts and treats. She dedicates her time to being a mentor, counselor, and an advocate for continuing the education of mental health and domestic violence.
DON KRYPTON-General Manager
Don Krypton is a native to Elizabeth, NJ, having strong roots in Newark. With a background in IT management, Don has always considered himself a wordsmith, writing short stories and raps in his spare time, but his true plunge into the Spoken Word/Poetry scene was inspired by a challenge given to him by the @Evoluculture team at the @cryoutcave. Since then he has been actively supporting the poetry community and working
diligently on his own. Don Krypton fancies himself a jack of all trades, dabbling in content creation, music/video editing, investments, philanthropy, activism and support of the advancement and proper education of black people.
The IZM.—DJ and Brand Ambassador
Newark native The IZM., born Anthony Peterson, is a multi-genre artist who thrives off of the boundless inspiration from the golden age of music. In 2015, the track "I Don't Feel God", from his inaugural album King For A Day, was featured in Spike Lee's Kickstarter film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. In 2019 he released Black Boy Wonderment, a tribute to the era that made Newark a hub for house music in the late 1980s/early 1990s. In 2020, the video for " Broken Like" scored multiple accolades from independent film festivals.
ATTORIOUS RENEE AUGUSTIN—Educational Development Director
Attorious Renee Augustin is a black neurodivergent nonbinary artist from Wanamassa, NJ. They trust their work is to be a catalyst of growth for all people from oppressive systems, through the introspective lenses of creation, pattern synthesis, and metaphysics. As a poet, filmmaker, and educator, Attorious Renee employs the tools of spirituality, astrology, philosophical questions, and strange sensory processing to bring pragmatism to the worlds of encrypted and unprocessed information. Their work appears currently in Lampblack Lit Magazine, Cixous 72 Journal, Forward Reviews and on YouTube. Attorious is a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Rutgers University- Newark. They are the host of Lampblack’s Instagram Live Series, “The Inky Bulb” and an artist-in-residence with New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where they were co-artistic director of NJPAC’s 2021 performance, “Phronesis: A Focus on Frequency.” Attorious Renee can be found performing along the Jersey Shore or on all platforms @ahmosegrace.