Leah Marché is an arts entrepreneur, performance poet and journalist/writer. In 2005, she co-founded BlackPoet Ventures, a Valley-based performance arts company that produces spoken word theatrical performances. A two-time Phoenix National Poetry Slam team member, her work has been featured on several Valley stages as well as at the PHX Fringe Festival, St. Louis Fringe Festival and the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Part of the administrative staff at Herberger Theater Center, she is an active arts & culture member and a freelance graphic designer with a focus on branding for artists. She has presented/performed at events such as TEDx Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ignite Phoenix, Arizona Storytellers Project, GreenBiz Forum and Arts & Business Council of Phoenix. Leah’s volunteering has been with Radio Phoenix, Project B.R.A.V.E./South Phoenix Youth Center, Phoenix Festival of the Arts and The Black Theatre Troupe. She is an alumna of SEED SPOT’s inaugural community program for social entrepreneurs and a finalist in Phoenix New Times’ 2013 Big Brain Awards. Grants to further her work have included: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; South Arts; and Arizona Commission on the Arts. The ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism alumna has been a contributing writer for BroadwayBlack.com and ValleyHype.com, and coordinates a local book discussion group.