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Rowie Shebala - "The Sappy L-Word Poem"
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Publish-date-icon January 28, 2007
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Roanna Shaundini Shebala, of Flagstaff
also known as Rowie Shebala, born on the Navajo
Reservation, Ft. Defiance AZ.

She has a family, which finds their way in a lot of her poetry.
She has a brother Lamont, and two sisters, Kendra and Tanya.
She is the oldest out of these so in a lot of ways she
has the role modal thing down. Her parent are
Lamentino and Kenita Shebala.

If you ask her questions about herself she is willing
to tell you what needs to be known, a very shy girl,
who graduated from Window Rock High School, and now
Northern Arizona University with a degree in Theater studies. She has been writing her poetry ever since she could
remember, from the roses are red violets are blue
poems to slam poetry.

A girl who has played video games since she was small,
from the original Nintendo to the Super Nintendo, and
then to Xbox. When she’s not playing video games she
usually trapped in a metaphor.

Rowie Shebala is brought up in the traditional setting
of the Navajo culture. She cares a lot about her
family and her poetry, the two elements in her life
that keeps her sane.

Rowie Shebala first started to slam in January 2005
and by April, was a finalist at the 2005 NORAZ Poetry
Grand Slam, and also became a finalist for the 2006
Grand Slam.

What is interesting is that her first slam she ever
witnessed was the 2004 NORAZ Poetry Grand Slam and was a judge, so that year the poets with whom she now slams with might have boo’ed her. After that, she was a judge at a number of the slams in Flagstaff.

After a while, her brother had basically pushed her
onstage, and encouraged her that she had talent and it
belonged on a Poetry Slam Stage. Her first time on the
mic with her poetry was during the November 2004
Presidential elections when she wrote a poem telling
everyone to vote. She is a short Navajo girl, just
looking to be heard.

This is Rowie Shebala, a little shy, but always a sweet little short Navajo woman.

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