Brooklyn Poetry Slam: BRIC JazzFest | OCT 21

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The Brooklyn Poetry Slam will expand BRIC JazzFest to another dimension.

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The Brooklyn Poetry Slam will expand BRIC JazzFest to another dimension, with Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a gathering of words, wisdom, and music to highlight the crisscrossing influences and beats of jazz, poetry, and hip hop. Hosted by poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne and with music by DJ Jive Poetic, this edition will feature a special performance of improvised music and poetry with bassist Max Michael Jacobs and poet Cyrus Aaron, followed by the Slam and an Open Mic will feature a special performance of improvised music and poetry with bassist Max Michael Jacobs and poet Cyrus Aaron, followed by the Slam and an Open Mic.

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Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem, Poets House, and Serenbe Focus Fellow alum, and the author of several books including Swag & Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & listed as About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010.She has released five LPs and is co-founder of Brooklyn Slam (currently ranked 2nd in the world) and has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada, and Australia as one-third of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary Brown Girl Love, and Up The Staircase. She is the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. She is the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator & Friday Night Slam host at Nuyorican Poets Café, and Program Director of BLM at Pratt Institute.

Jive Poetic is a poet, activist, and educator. He is the Brooklyn Poetry Slam’s co-founder & resident DJ, and has represented the U.S. national slam team, been featured on TV One’s Lexus Verses and Flow, and PBS’ Brief but Spectacular. He teaches hip hop and poetry workshops throughout the country, and is a recent graduate of the MFA Writing & Activism Program at Pratt Institute. In addition to the Brooklyn Poetry Slam, Jive Poetic hosts the Wednesday night Poetry Slam Open at the Nuyorican Poets Café.

Cyrus Aaron is a Brooklyn based creative writer, playwright and poet. In 2016, Aaron wrote and produced his first original play about the psychological plight of bias and conventional racism. Aaron’s theatrical debut made a resonating impression and with his unique voice as a storyteller the Chicago Native has been commissioned and covered across industries and mediums. His features and commissions include VICE, HBO, YAHOO, iHEART, PYER MOSS, MACY’S, and ELLE, among others. When he’s not writing, Aaron performs live music sets with sonic collective THE BLK HRS, and leads a social empowerment campaign for America’s youth.

Max Michael Jacob is the co-founder, executive director, and bassist of the conductorless string ensemble Shattered Glass. Mr. Jacob earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Metropolitan Opera bassist Jeremy McCoy. He has gone on to tour Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Australia, Canada, and most states in the US with various ensembles. Doubling on electric bass, Jacob has performed with Talib Kweli and Pumpkinhead. He currently performs and tours with Zusha as bassist and music director. As an active composer/arranger, he has had string arrangement commissions from Kinetics & One Love, Vita Chambers, and Zusha. He has also been a faculty member for the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Program for five years.

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* Entry to this event is first come, first admitted, while space is available. Although it is preferred, you do NOT need an RSVP to attend this event.

* This event is General Admission Seated in the BRIC House Ballroom. 

* Events are open to all ages, but may include adult themes and language.

Now celebrating its fifth year, Brooklyn's ultimate jazz festival will take place October 19-26, featuring music, film, poetry, and a three-night, three-stage live music marathon with overlapping sets by global legends, groundbreaking artists, and exciting newcomers to jazz.

The BRIC JazzFest Music Marathon will take place Thursday-Saturday, October 24-26, featuring performances by more than 20 artists including headliners Ravi Coltrane (quartet); Georgia Anne Muldrow; and Joe Russo, Ben Perowsky, Josh Kaufman & Stuart Bogie : BOYFRIENDS. The Henson | Soule Team at Compass joins BRIC JazzFest as Presenting Sponsor.

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