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.”
Slam Nahuatl is a performance poetry collective based in Richmond Virginia, dedicated to uplifting the community through creativity. Members of the VCU branch, Rob Gibsun, Saidu Tejan-Thomas and Joshua Braunstein are currently the 3rd ranked College Unions Poetry Slam Team in the Nation, and recently opened for international recording artist Lianne La Havas at DC’s prestigious9:30 Club. Known for their dynamic group pieces and fresh energy on and off stage, they never leave home without a djembe drum to play, as a reminder of the heartbeats unifying us all. There work can be found at www.youtube.com/SlamNahuatlOfficial
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