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Monday 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.
Given the name KaNikki, being interpreted as “great writer” at birth, KaNikki is living up to her name. With over twenty five years of writing and over a decade on the poetry scene, KaNikki Jakarta has shared the stage with Jill Scott, Raheem DeVaughn, and Lyfe Jennings. She has toured the US and the UK and as a result, KaNikki’s spoken word performances are sought after by poetry fans all over the country. Her voice has been heard on stages from churches to theaters and on radio waves of 96.3fm 95.5fm, 96blx fm, Interfaith Voices, 97.5fm and a host of other radio and internet radio shows.
KaNikki J. writes and recites what she calls “real life fiction” that touches her listeners to the core. She says the things that people are afraid to say and encourages truth in her lyrics.
13 of Nazareth is a performance poet from Virginia living with epilepsy, a dry sense of humor, and peace of mind over everything. He has been engaging audiences for over a decade with creative works geared toward the personal and collective healing process. The golden thread throughout his hip-hop infused poetry is the discovery and recognition of multi-layered connections where there is the appearance of none. 13 of Nazareth's work is underscored with spiritual references from various eastern and western religious traditions and ranges from the use of abstract imagery in the conveyance of universal concepts to the concrete, sometimes painful and horrific, aspects of our history as well as our now.
Sprouted from a family of educators,Trinidadian born Samantha Thornhill is an international poet. She travels the globe performing her poetry to audiences of all stripes and walks of life, regularly performing at universities, schools, and festival stages from Budapest to Brooklyn—the borough where she resides. Samantha teaches poetry & performance at the Juilliard School in New York City and creative writing seminars at the Bronx Academy of Letters. Little Odetta, her poem turned picture book was published in 2010 by Scholastic Books.
Our Tribal Statement
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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