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Open Mic Night | 5th & K | April 3, 2013 | Hosted by Sarah Lawson featuring Mreid

Busboys and Poets

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

Open Mic Night | 5th & K | April 3, 2013 | Hosted by...

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Wednesday 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.


Sarah Lawson
sarah d. lawson is the founder and slammaster of the beltway poetry slam in washington, dc. she can be found teaching writing workshops throughout the city, sharing rough drafts on open mics and hosting at Busboys & Poets 5th and K. she has served on the board of mothertongue, DC's women's spoken word group, and was a member of the jenny mckean moore writing workshop in poetry at the george washington university. sarah is coach of the madeira poetry club, which placed second in DC's louder than a bomb teen poetry competition. she was also a member of DC's team treat yo self, which ranked 5th at the 2012 southern fried poetry slam. she hates capital letters & loves hugs.


MreidMreid (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.

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Tasha JonesThe 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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When & Where

1025 5th St NW
Washington, 20001

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

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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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Open Mic Night | 5th & K | April 3, 2013 | Hosted by Sarah Lawson featuring Mreid
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