Originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley is a New Orleans-based poet, writer, performing artist, visual artist, and teaching artist. A founding member of poetry slam dynasty, Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), iCon is a multiple-time team and individual national and regional poetry slam champion. A lover of the stage, she has also been featured in several plays, made several television appearances including as a featured poet on the third season of TV One's NAACP award-nominated hit TV show, Verses and Flow, performed at main stage at the Essence Music Festival, and also travels the country regularly performing at different venues including colleges and universities.
iCon's work has gone viral several times, and she is widely known for her poem "To All the Little Black Girls With Big Names", which has transformed into a digital and real-life movement. Her work has also been featured in several documentaries, exhibits, and on many national and international outlets such as Upworthy, Huffington Post, For Harriet, Fusion, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, BBC World Radio, and BET. A multi-disciplinary artist in the truest sense, iCon has featured on several music projects with national recording artists and also co-wrote two award-winning short films, starring in one.
iCon’s involvement in building and sustaining the poetry community goes beyond the page and the stage. She co-founded the former Write, NOLA! Poetry Festival; at one time, returned to her hometown to partner with the Alexandria Museum of Art to host and organize the Rhythm & Rhymes Spoken Word Performing Arts Series for several years; works as the organizer for the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM); and curates and organizes several cultural and artistic events, including as part of the planning board for Pass It On Open Mic, the longest running multi-disciplinary arts open mic series in New Orleans.
Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley is the author of a chapbook, ...In Which We 'Live' and her first published poetry collection, My Name Is Pronounced Holy.