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.
Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover III) is a poet, teacher, and former owner of Karibu Books. His work has centered on issues of literacy and the promotion of reading in the African American and larger community. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Bowie State University. His poetry and essays have been published in African American Review, Obsidian III, Tidal Basin Review, Smartish Pace, Beltway Quarterly, Beltway, Spectre, Libations, and other journals and Anthologies. He has recorded with Black Notes, Sunny Sumter and is currently working with a group Free Black Space-who will perform this year at the Families and Fun Event-part of the D.C. Jazz Festival. Much of his work explores issues of inheritance and family.
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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.
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