A Busboys and Poetry Event The 11th Hour Poetry Slam offers an opportunity for poetry lovers to enjoy the competitive art of late-night performance poetry! Enjoy two rounds of high intensity poetry, with the audience choosing a winner. Join us for an alternative way to spend your Friday night at Poetry Slam, Inc's (PSI) DC Slam Venue.
Hosted by "2Deep" The Poetess
2Deep has certainly made a name for herself in the poetry community since 2006 by performing at Ottawa University (Canada), Cornell University, and opening for the late Gill Scott-Heron in 2009. She was a member of Busboys and Poets’ 2009 Slam Team, Word War II Champion, and served as the Busboys and Poets' Slam Master. Currently, she’s selling her book, Spoken Heard, and stays busy with her blog, 2DeepUncensored. 2Deep welcomes the life lessons, as they make for beautiful and honest poetry.
A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance.
No one ever imagined that a small boy from such humble beginnings in Nashville, Tennessee would grow into an increasingly renowned spoken word artist, a passionate public speaker and an inspiration for a much younger generation of poets. Vincent “Dichotomy” Hockett was first introduced to his love of writing at the age of nine in his elementary school classrooms. Assignments that were meant to teach him the basic elements of language gave him what would become his lifelong means of self-expression.
Dichotomy wrote, produced, and released his first studio album, “The Evolution of Dichotomy” in 2010. He invited his audience into his personal life with titles such as “Vincent Maurice” written about his uncle whom he was named after and “The Truth”, his most requested poem about a male’s honest view on physical attraction. His sophomore release was a creative explanation of his poetic alias. The double album, “Not Just a Love Poet” and “Other Side of the Story” showed his diversity of emotion with a range of pieces such as “Her”, a poetic tribute to the natural beauty of all women to “Aiming for Change”, a reflection on the conflicting elements of religion and spirituality in pursuit of his personal truth.
His unique talent of appealing to any audience through words has presented Dichotomy with many great opportunities in and out of the United States. In 2011, Dichotomy hosted Sounds, Thoughts, Ideas and Rhymes, also known as S.T.I.R. alongside entertainment veteran, Malcolm Jamal Warner, captivating his audience well enough to be invited to host again the following year. He has repeatedly shared his work on stage at “The Art of Performing”, an annual event in Montreal, Canada. His professional, yet easygoing manner has been shared with listeners far out of his physical reach thanks to many radio stations that have had him as a guest such as Atlanta’s V103 and Conscious Groove on WXRP BlogSpot radio. Dichotomy was commissioned by the P.U.S.H. Coalition to perform for the Rainbow Push Gala in celebration of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 70th birthday. He has since both hosted and performed at numerous other events and venues to include the Inaugural South Florida Youth Summit where he shared a stage with community activist, Jeff Johnson and The National Black Child Development Institute’s 41st Annual Conference. It is both these kinds of experiences and his natural talent that won him a nomination for Atlanta’s Hottest Spoken Word Artist and a Runner-up title in the Def Poetry Jam MySpace Poetry Slam. Dichotomy also earned the coveted 2012 Soul Food Poetry Café People’s Choice Award.
Vincent “Dichotomy” Hockett understands that to whom much is given, much is also required. In early 2012, Dichotomy became a very involved sponsor of the Verbal Expressions Youth Poetry Club, which teaches spoken word poetry to hundreds of students of all ages with the help of a foundation named after his mentor, Emmy-Award winning poet Hank Stewart, Dichotomy participates in an annual career fair for school- aged children across many districts in both Nashville and Atlanta where he explains the duality and difficulty of his careers as a systems engineer for a major corporation and as a spoken word artist.
Dichotomy is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently working on his fourth studio album.
"You won't just remember my name but you will remember my words” -Dichotomy the Poet