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.
A Cave Canem fellow, Holly Bass' poems have appeared in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Beltway, Role Call (Third World Press) and The Ringing Ear, an anthology of Black Southern poetry. Her pieces have been workshopped and presented at respected regional theaters and performance spaces such as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the Whitney Museum and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She was the first journalist to put the term "hip hop theater" into print in a 1999 American Theatre article.
Stephen Willems: I was born with a father a mother one brother and the 2nd shortly to follow (I am a twin). While my brothers were trying to figure out algebra through their hands and hard labor, I was fighting crime with the ninja turtles in the front yard of my grandparent’s house. It’s funny how a bright green plastic neon stick can take out so many bad guys.
I never could find the right place to put my imagination to work and I had way to much free time on my hands for that not to be a problem. I had a desk full of unfinished homework and detention slips and never really got to either. No one ever bothered me with such tasks and said “your personality will take you places”; Taking each misplacement of energy and blaming it on one thing or another, if it were up to them I would be a catatonic standing in line to take horse pills at the unsatisfactory factory but my mother liked her son.
I was built a little different; I can’t pay attention and not laugh or find things about myself that don’t upset me. I can’t do a sit up, can count my kidneys on one finger, and my legs have two different ideas on identity. I learned of slam poetry through my freshmen English teacher Mr. Ehrman, taking first place in a class of about 20. It was my first “”win”. I began listening to artists such as Buddy Wakefield and Anis Mojgani mixed with the sounds of Def Poetry I found a place that anything was possible. Growing up in the DC metro area made it easy to become immersed in poetry and the surrounding culture.
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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.