Sheila J Sadr (Teaching Artist) is an Iranian-American poet, educator, and mental health advocate nuzzled somewhere along the southern California coast. She serves as the talent director for The Definitive Soapbox, one of LB’s longest running open mics now going on its tenth year. Sheila has facilitated numerous writing workshops in California, including at California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Long Beach. Sheila has had her work featured with the United Nations, TEDx, House of Blues, Write About Now, Nat. Brut, Tinderbox Poetry, BOAAT, and many other gems. She took first place at the 2018 Jack Rabbit Poetry Slam and is a two time finalist for the Not A Cult Poetry Book contest, winning the second time around. Her debut book Birthday Girl is forthcoming Fall 2020 with Not A Cult Press.