Wednesday 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.
Jonathan B. Tucker lives and works in Washington, DC, melding art and activism with his work as a performer and educator. A poet, teacher, DJ, and activist, Jonathan is very passionate about youth development and the use of art as a means to connect with people. He has represented DC at the National Poetry Slam twice on the Busboys and Poets Slam Team (he also hosts events at Busboys and other venues) and is frequently working in schools, universities and community organizations performing and facilitating workshops. He uses performance poetry to raise issues of social justice and inspire dialogue and action. He has been awarded grants from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and currently serves as the Youth Programs Coordinator for Split This Rock, a nonprofit dedicated to poetry for social change, where he coaches the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team. His book, I Got the Matches, and other poems are available at jonathanbtucker.com
Danielle Evennou is an ex-cheerleader from Central New Jersey. The daughter of a car salesman and stenographer, she values persuasion, shorthand, humor, and shiny things. Since 2008, she has served as president of the Board of Instigators for the DC women's spoken word organization mothertongue. Her poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, Objet d'Art, and Xenith. In 2010, Evennou was the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the winner of the 27th Annual Larry Neal Writer's Award in poetry. Her first chapbook, Queen of Tuesday, was published in 2010.
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.
Slangston Hughes: Born in and influenced by the HipHop era, yet at the same time always acknowledging the foundations laid down by fore runners and trail blazers such as Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, Gil Scott Heron, The Last Poets, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Jaki Terry, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Taalam Acey, E The Poet Emcee, etc... In 2010 Mr. Hughes released a book of original poetry entitled “Slanguage Arts” (The Readers Edition) the follow up to 2007’s Album of the same title which was criticaly praised as “A deeply profound representation of this generations next and most important radical poetic voice” by Umar Bin Hussin of The Last Poets. And another collection of poems entitled "Griot Glipses" in 2011. Slangston Hughes attempts to bridge the gap between the legacy paved through the Harlem renaissance and Black Arts Movement with the innovative but yet rebellious spirit of HipHop culture, evoking the eternally emerging essence of the town crier or "street poet." Slangston’s newest album Ghetto Griot vol 1 (Tubman City Times) released april 2012 is an epic of truth that brings together HipHop Afro Beat and Rhythms with the revolutionary spirit of the black consciousness movement and the ancestral spirit of griot and nomo (speaking words to life) tradition. Slangston is also one of the slam coach’s for the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team who has competed nationally in Brave New Voices 3 years in a row.