Thursday 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.
Eric "E-Baby" Smith began writing and reciting poetry, in July 2000, with 95.5 WPGC’s Thursday Night Love Talk & Poetry Café. Since then, he’s opened for R&B artists Musiq Soul Child, Me’shell N’degeOcello, Heather Headley, & Lyfe Jennings to name a few. After meeting his agent Tracy Wiggs of Jus Wiggin Entertainment in 2002; he’s featured his poetry, hosted poetry shows, and taught classes as a special guest instructor at over 200 colleges & universities across the US. He’s performed on cable programs; plus invited to conferences and festivals to entertain audiences. E-Baby has competed in, and won, numerous poetry slams from Virginia to New York within his poetical career. In 2011, he was nominated for the Male Spokenword Performance Artist of the Year by the National Underground Spokenword & Poetry Association. and currently touring the country with his 2 CDs: "My Thoughts Are In This Ink" & "Inktoxicated.
Also, an employee of the Library of Congress, he preaches the importance of Copyright and gives out information on how to properly register your written work into the U.S. Copyright Office. In between college dates, his 9-5, and features in the Washington DC area; he also schedules out of town performances at poetry venues across the country. You can find all of his information, tour dates and purchase his CD's at: www.ebabypoems.com.
This Louisiana native found her voice in her teenage years when journal writing evolved into poetry. You might say that it came naturally. Both her sister and mother shared original work with the young poet, poems that she remembers vividly. Her mother often chanted “Life is like a mountain/an obstacle to conquer/a challenge to climb….” These opening lines, along with those of her sister, “One in struggle/one in heartache/one in pain/one Black bead to a link that forms a chain/as I look in the mirror/I smile at all that I see/Black beauty/Black pearl/Black woman/Black me” are words that resonated in her mind, words that inspired her to tell her own story. In her middle school years, she allowed her peers to skim the pages of her poetry book too afraid to breathe life into the truth she’d written. It wasn’t until her senior year in high school that she performed her work before an audience. She attended her first open-mic night as a freshmen in college with no idea that she would go on to co-host, Warm Wednesdays, the longest running weekly open-mic venue in Baltimore for three years. She now hosts two open-mic venues: VERBATIMondays in Baltimore, Maryland and Busboys & Poets in Shirlington, Virginia. She has released three poetry CDS, appeared on Centric’s Lyric Café, served as the host of Onemic.tv Online, founded A Dose of Dupas production company, and began the journey to release her first poetry book Beauty for Ashes: The Exchange later this year.
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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.