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.
Dwayne Baka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a homegrown DC native poet, activist, break-dancer, and fashion designer. Dwayne has been known to write a pretty good haiku in his day which has lead to him win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA), and his work to increase HIV awareness through the spoken-word community garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and the Washington Post. Ultimately his goal is to make the audience feel something, and he’s always met his goal! When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Imani Cezanne is a passionate poet, workshop facilitator, community organizer and slam coach. In the past four years she has been on four National Poetry Slam teams (San Diego, Oakland and Hollywood), two of which placed in the top six at the National Poetry Slam. She has competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam, placed third in the Individual World Poetry Youth Slam in Berkeley, CA and released Love. Always., a CD of her most popular work. She was most recently invited to perform on the TV One network’s Verses and Flow, a cable television show dedicated to showcasing performance poets from around the country, all while obtaining a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. Imani has continued to grow as an artist while working with some phenomenal poets including Rudy Francisco, Ant Black, and Natasha Miller and been coached by San Diego’s Chris Wilson (San Diego Slam Team) and Da Poetry Lounge’s Shihan Van Clief (Hollywood Slam Team).
Imani is also the founding President of S.P.E.A.K. (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds), San Francisco State University’s first poetry-centered organization. She organized and hosted S.P.E.A.K.’s bi-monthly open mics which has showcased nationally known artists such as Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Marshall “Soulful” Jones and more. She also facilitates their monthly writing workshops and led SFSU’s first ever poetry slam team to the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2011.
This fall she is planning to spread her work around the
country on the Love. Always. Tour with a re-released
album and a new book of poems entitled “What I
Learned In College.”
Our Tribal Statment
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.