Tuesday 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.
Twain Dooley is a first generation American. Born and raised in Washington, DC, he learned to use language to talk himself into and out of inner-city challenges. He joined the Army Reserves and served on active duty during Desert Storm. After a two-year stay in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (as a civilian), he returned to his home town and began to perform his poetry for a variety of audiences. Twain wrote several books and toured as founding member with The Modern Urban Griots. He has opened for Amiri Baraka and Jimmy “JJ” Walker. He has earned a spot on the DC/Baltimore slam team eight times, winning the top honors three. Twain has been called, “funny,”“clever,”“insightful,” and some other things that you probably wouldn’t print in a bio. He currently shares his love of words with students and is working on the story of his life, “None Of This Makes Sense.”
M'reld (pronounced like the block east of Halsted)This talented wordsmith is more than a poet; M’Reld serves as an advocate for change and an artist responsible for her generation. M’Reld speaks the naked truth as she performs her poetry, speaking on a range of topics, which include social injustice, HIV/AIDS epidemic and everyday life issues. Her dedication to the generations to follow is shown through her daily teaching and working within several art programs linked to the Chicago Public Schools, as well as, the special events that she does weekly to support the knowledge and growth of youth. M'Reld is a staple within the community at events that promote peace and encouraging the students&leaders of the future to control their destiny
M’Reld founded Verbal Balance - an ensemble of talented artists, which includes poets, writers, emcees,&performers - in 2005. Verbal Balance has performed in front of many audiences engaging them in this spoken word revolution. Under M'Reld's supervision, Verbal Balance has hosted a weekly open mic for three years, one of the longest running weekly events in Chicago Spoken Word.
Voted 2006 Chicago Truth Award winner for best Spoken Word Artist, &nominated again this year. M'reld also had the distinguished opportunity to perform on Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, officially earning the title of Def Poet. This year she starred in the soon to be released 4th season of BETJ's Lyric Cafe.
Her powerful words &dynamic stage presence set the match for the poetry vs. spoken word debate. Let the games begin.
The youngest Indiana Poet Laureate nominee, is an activist, poet, author, educator, lecturer, musician, and motivational speaker. A virtuosic performer, with an acute ability to interlace complex threads with conventional wisdom. Her works are unique in which, Jones brilliantly marries the art of story telling to the audaciousness of Hip Hop which breeds Literature in full throttle. A prolific writer, Tasha Jones soothes the soul and heals the body with words that cleverly infuses everyday life experiences with scripture to create works that empower. The diversity in her writings garner HOPE.
The ardent fervor Jones exemplifies in performances is matched by her commitment to community. She is front runner in the literacy movement creating The Write Me Project curricula and I MUST READ to lend solutions the problem. Active with HIV/AIDS education in which, she penned Silent Killer, her first commissioned work that has been used as a training/teaching tool and includes HIV/AIDS activists Magic Johnson and Hydeia Broadbent. As a champion of education Jones’s service and responsibility to the youth is the spark that ignites her flame. Hello BeautifulTM, an account of Jones’s experiences as an educator in the Indianapolis School System, focuses on the power of words and the impact words have on todays youth and tomorrows future. Two words, Hello BeautifulTM revitalize 26 students, redirected momentum, and changed self-destructive/self-sabotaging behavior in the class room and now empowers the world.
The genius of Tasha Jones centers on her ability to lend simple wisdom in profound and moving ways. A powerful prowess of expression with the soul and sage of a griot, Tasha Jones is a pure breath of fresh air and definitely “THE ONE to WATCH,” as stated by the Indianapolis Star.
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