About Tim Stafford

Tim Stafford is a public school teacher, poet, and storyteller from Lyons, IL. He is the editor of the Learn Then Burn anthology series on Write Bloody Publishing. His work has appeared on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam and in numerous poetry anthologies. He performs regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe as a solo artist and with the Speak’Easy Ensemble.

Notable Performances/Accolades

  • 2007 Chicago Poetry Slam Champion
  • 2008 ABC Brecht Festival in Augsburg, Germany
  • 2010 Golden Apple Award Nominee
  • 2010 ABQ Poetry Slam Finals in Albuquerque, NM
  • 2010 Zurich Poetry Slam Festival in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011 Poetry Slam 25th Anniversary Show in Chicago, IL
  • 2011 German National Poetry Slam in Hamburg, Germany
  • 2012 United States Hispanic Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL
  • 2013 Kiel Week Festival in Kiel, Germany
  • 2013 Valby Culture House in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2013 Poetry Slam Gala in Malmo, Sweden
  • 2013 “Top 5 Chicago Slam Poets” New City Magazine
  • 2014 Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Slam Finals in Tulsa, Ok
  • 2014 Woerdz Poetry Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland

TV and Film

  • 2005- HBO Def Poetry Jam
  • 2007- Borders Open Door Poetry
  • 2011- Louder Than a Bomb documentary
  • 2012- PBS documentary The Day Carl Sandburg Died