Derrick Weston Brown
It's a feature driven format, which means, the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. We do this to make sure you get the full effect of each and every specially selected feature we bring to the Langston Room stage, and we've had plenty; From Def Poetry Jam's, Tara Betts, Bassey Ikpi, Roger Bonair Agard and Regie Cabico, to award winning poets such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Browning, to rare visits by Grammy nominated artists Christylez Bacon and Carolyn Malachi.
Raina J. León, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo fellow and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous publications. Her first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols (2008), was a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (2006) and is now available through Wordtech Communications. Her second book, Boogeyman Dawn (2013), was a finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Prize (2010) and is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. She founded the international, online, quarterly journal, The Acentos Review, in 2008 and continues as its editor-in-chief. She has received residencies with the Macdowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and others. She is an assistant professor of education at Saint Mary's College of California.
Our Tribal Statement
Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.