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Best Word Warrior: Ebony Stewart

Not all warriors fight to hurt. Some fight to heal, and that's the kind Ebony Stewart is. A poet-performer of uncommon fire and fearlessness, she confronts the wrongs and pain in her life – suffered as a daughter, as a woman, as a black woman – and through her words and the voicing of them onstage, makes openings for perseverance, love, forgiveness. In the 10 years Stewart has been active in Central Texas, her skills as a writer and magnetic stage presence have earned this "Gully Princess" a shelf full of honors, from multiple Slam Champion wins to the B. Iden Payne Awards' Lead Actress in a Drama prize and the Austin Critics Table's David Mark Cohen New Play Award, both for her spellbinding solo theatre work Hunger. They're more evidence that when Stewart goes into battle, hearts mend.

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