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Monday 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.
Angelique Palmer is a writer first. Her pieces range from erotica to eclectic- focusing mostly on family, love, addiction and recovery. She is the author of four chapbooks & recorded two poetry cd’s. After hosting Silent Treatment Entertainment’s weekly open mic, “Spirits and Lyrics” in Manassas for nearly three years she created their Lock’d & Loaded Cash Slam. Beltway Poetry Slam’s 2011 Newbie Slam Champion, she competes nationally and locally, going to the Final Stage at Slam Richmond for the second season in a row. On the road she doesn’t make friends, she enlarges her family with features in New Jersey, Ohio, Colorado, and Minnesota. A Creative Writing graduate from Florida State University, she was (re)born and raised on the Literary Café & Poetry Lounge stage- studying with the late Will “Da Real One” Bell. She tries really hard, but she cannot say funny things about herself. She wrote this
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.
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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.
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