Karla Amour

Karla Armour is a bilingual (English/Spanish) spoken word artist who is known as FyreMouff. Born and raised in Chicago, IL by a Guyanese mother and African-American father, she is the oldest of four children. A humanitarian whose extensive career as a versatile writer is deeply rooted in Chicago, she uses her talents to work toward an end to domestic violence through the development of the annual Feminine It Tea open mic in August 2006.

An alumna of the University of Illinois at Chicago, she developed her poetic skills under the guidance of the late Paul Carroll. Ms. Armour has an extensive career background in the journalism, resource development/fundraising and public relations fields, which includes local government and the Chicago Tribune. After a decade hiatus from the mic, she joined EarCandy in April 2004. A poet whose work has been featured in several anthologies and reviews, she has performed at the following venues: "That Time of the Month," an all-female review by Strawberri Taylor; ChicagoPoetry.com events, the Jaguar Wright concert, the International Festival of Life and many local open mic shows. Her music is ranked among the top ten on 4 Da Soul Radio, an internet broadcast.

As a visual artist, Ms. Armour uses her first and middle names, Karla Reneé, which mean "woman reborn" and debuted in "Jouissance," Insemi-Nation's exhibit of sight and sound in 2006. Her work is scheduled to be included in several exhibits at St. Joseph's Museum in Kansas City, MO. She began the Chicago Art Scene Newsletter in 2005 and expanded her artistic repertoire to include modeling.

Ms. Armour plans to release "Fyre Signs," her first CD in August 2007 with her first book of poetry, short non-fiction prose and photography to be released later in the year.

Website: myspace.com/fyremouffkarlarenee

Karla Amour performs at Café Mestizo on October 27.