Buddy Wakefield

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TriggerHouse 135 McDonough Street Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH 03801

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TriggerHouse presents Buddy Wakefield w/Ryan McLellan and Mark Michael Adams | Doors 7pm, Show 8pm | $12 advance, $15 door (cash only)

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He has not yet stopped.

Having spent most of his career based in Seattle, WA, now claiming Los Angeles, CA as home, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, an incredibly slow triathlete and a facilitator at Quantum Learning Network. He loves peanut butter, power napping, chopping wood and Vipassana meditation. Wakefield is an actor, a writer, elated son of a guitar repair woman, wingman of Giant Saint Everything and pays attention.

An author at Write Bloody Publishing and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart.

Ryan McLellan

Ryan McLellan is a touring poet, educator, editor, and occasional singer/songwriter. Originally from Massachusetts, he is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry and the spoken-word album “Last-Second Changes to the Set List”. His poem, “Family Portrait”, won first place in the 2013 Poe Museum poetry contest and his work has also appeared in publications such as The Subterranean Quarterly, The November 3rd Club, Lower East Side Review, Bird’s Eye reView, Concise Delight, Cosmopolitan Review, and OVS Magazine, as well as the anthologies Chopin with Cherries and the 2011 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. His first full-length collection, Plenty of Blood to Spare, was published by Sargent Press in 2012. He is a three-time recipient of the Esther Buffler Poetry-In-Schools Fellowship, and has presented writing and poetry workshops around the country. He is a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist, was the 2012 Maine Grand Slam Champion, and a two-time Maine representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam. He currently lives in Maine, with his wife Daniela, where he teaches poetry and literature at Bridgton Academy.

Mark Michael Adams

Mark Michael Adams has been involved with beat poetry, storytelling, and spoken word performances in the seacoast area for over two decades. He appears on the albums Ester Buffler and Friends album "High on Poetry" and "Beat Nights at The Electric Cave". Winner of the 2017 Seacoast Regional New Hampshire Writer's Project 3-minute Fiction Slam, the final to occur on 3/9.