Tuesday Night Open Mic ! A Busboys and Poetry Event. For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.
As a spoken word artist from the DC metropolitan area, the same versatility upon grabbing a mic to take his audience on a journey in his pen, is also embodied in his performance. PAGES is a poet and emcee originally from Cameroon, Africa. His features have included The Kennedy Center; colleges and universities such as Columbia University; & BETJ Lyric Café. He has touched stages with the likes of Ainsley Burrows and Oveous Maximus, opened for Raheem DeVaughn & Chrisette Michelle, Afrika Bambaat to name a few. He is also founder and co-president of Da Movement Poetz, a performance based arts group geared towards reaching mainly young adults via the arts. In addition to winning multiple local slams, he is also the 2010 DC Grand Slam Champion, two-time member of the Busboys and Poets DC Slam team (which finished in top 13th in the nation in 2011 National Poetry Slam Competition), and co-hosts GraffitiDC, one of D.C.’s newest ground-breaking premier Slam Series presented by Beny Blaq Ent. Currently, if he is not somewhere rocking a stage, he works as a creative writing teacher and leads workshops throughout various universities, and elementary to high schools.
Deonte Osayande is a young poet and youth activist from Detroit, Mi. A two time Dudley Randall Poetry Contest winner, he has had other distinctions to his name including but not limited to winning in Wayne Literary Review's 2011 Poetry Contest and the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History's Define Your Legend Poetry Contest. He was chosen to be a Presidential Ambassador for the University of Detroit Mercy during the 2010-11 academic year when he was a winner of Detroit Mercy’s Women and Gender Studies creative writing competition and co winner of the Howling Wolf Chapbook Contest. He has a co-written book of poetry entitled “Duality: Unabridged” to be published by the university in the near future and has two self published chapbooks (Quills of Fire, 2010, and Metamorphosis, 2011) alongside Separation, published by Papa's Waltz Press in 2012. He's currently working on his first full collection of poetry. He had a part in the play Poetically Speaking: Trouble Doesn't Last Always in Detroit, Michigan during January of 2012, was in the huge show, Lashuan Phoenix Moore Presents The Summer Soundtrack and was a member of the 2011 Detroit Neo Minds National Poetry Slam Team. In 2012 he competed as a part of team Roses and Revolutions at the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam to become the #5 top individual slam poet in the Midwest. He was a two time presenter at the Symposium for the Society of the Study of Midwestern Literature. He founded the Roses and Revolutions Poetry Slam Series, which he hosts and manages at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has performed at colleges including the University of Toledo, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan Dearborn, University of Michigan Flint, University of Texas Dallas and Michigan State University. He has been a featured reader in various poetry venues across the US and Canada. He's had work published in Requiem Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Curbside Splendor, Red Poppy Review, Front Porch Review, Wayne Literary Review, The Shout and [sic] issues 16-19 and forthcoming in The Missing Slate, Camroc Press Review. He is a former editor for [sic] literary magazine issue 17 and was one of the editors for “I Have Come Forth By Day: A Woman's Evolution: by Chantay Legacy Leonard published by Moore Black Press. He is a former intern instructor with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute's Pathways to Freedom Summer Learning Program (2009-2010) and The Future Foundation (2012). He is a graduate of the Broadside Press Institute of Cultural Studies (2009) has a B.A. in Elementary Education and is studying a Master's degree of Arts in Liberal Studies with a focus in Creative Writing both at the University of Detroit Mercy.
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.
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