Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham began performing spoken word in 2014 while studying abroad at the University of Melbourne. She returned to San Antonio, Texas, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Trinity University, during which time she became a regular performer at PuroSlam and The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. In September 2015 she returned to Melbourne, where she began pursuing a career as a full-time, working performance poet and creative producer of Slamalamadingdong. She is the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam National Champion, and her first published book, Black and Ropy, was released in 2017 with Pitt Street Poetry. She is currently working on her first prose work.