What's Happening at Busboys and Poets

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Events at 14th & V

Killing Poetry with Dr. Javon Johnson
14th & V | Langston Room | October 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join Busboys and Poets Books as we welcome Dr. Javon Johnson to our 14th and V location.

In Killing Poetry, renowned poet, Javon Johnson unpacks some of the complicated issues that comprise performance poetry spaces. He argues that the truly radical potential in slam and spoken word communities lies not just in proving literary worth, speaking back to power, or even in altering power structures, but instead in imagining and working towards altogether different social relationships. His illuminating ethnography provides a critical history of poetry slam, contextualizes contemporary black poets in larger black literary traditions, and does away with the notion that poetry slams are inherently radically democratic and utopic.

Events at Takoma

Busboys and Poets Book Self-Help Book Club
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | October 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a discussion and book-swap this Tuesday evening at our Busboys and Poets Takoma location. Bring a book or two to swap with a new friend as we swap stories, books and ideas about how to bring the discussion into the light.