Gabriel Giron was born in Bombay, India, where his parents were studying yoga and meditation. Since then he has traveled often, living in three countries and six different US states. After high school, Gabriel joined the Army to get the hell out of Michigan during which time he planned to pursue a degree in business. Seven months into his enlistment, Gabriel was diagnosed with stage 3B testicular cancer and spent the next three years in Washington D.C. fighting to regain his health, trying to figure out who he really was, and what was truly important in life. So, four years and an honorable discharge later, Gabriel ended up back in Michigan pursuing his true passion, writing. He is currently a student at WMU, where he is majoring in Creative Writing and Film, Video, Media. His first exposure to Slam Poetry was in D.C. in 2002 but he did not start competing until he moved back to Michigan. In his first year of competition in 2005 he qualified for the Kalamazoo Poetry Slam Team. The learning and experience he gained from his teammates and competing at Nationals helped him to become Kalamazoo’s 2006 Poetry Slam Champion. Gabriel is currently working on a CD of his spoken word poetry which has been described as passionately energetic, thought provoking, and yet very assessable. Gabriel says his style comes from looking at his poetry as therapy and trying to make himself as vulnerable as possible when he writes.