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11 March
Dr. Zakk Flash is an anarchist political writer, poet, and multidisciplinary artist from Norman, Oklahoma. He proudly holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Monastery of Universal Life Church in Seattle, Washington. Their maxim "do only that which is right" is one that supports the freedom of an individual to follow their belief system without interference from the government, church, or other institutions - an anarchist ideal.

Flash's political writing has been featured in multiple languages worldwide, appearing on mainstream media outlets and radical activist journals alike. His most recent work appears via Anarkismo and Infoshop.org, in newspapers printed by the Occupy Movement across the United States, in Spanish via ¡Indig-Nación!, and by Adbusters magazine. He is an advocate of direct democracy, vigorously opposing the anti-democratic tendencies of neoliberalism, militarism, empire, religious fundamentalism, and the ongoing attacks against social programs, the working class, the poor, and public and higher education. In 2011, he founded the Central Oklahoma Black/Red Alliance (COBRA), an anti-capitalist information clearinghouse and media network.

Dr. Flash is the curator of the Outlaw Poets Society, a collective of poets born in the mid-1970s. His poetry infuses love and melancholy with Beat sensibilities, references to drug culture and addiction among hints of the Confessionalist school, and provides a critical focus on Black Mountain-style writing. He serves as a judge for the Pioneer Library System's annual poetry contest and as a frequent competitor in the OKC Extreme Championship Poetry slam series. He is also the Man Behind the Curtain at OKPoetryPortal.org.