Nine on the Ninth Open Mic Poetry
14th & V | Langston | June 09,2012 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
A Busboys and Poetry Event! Nine On The Ninth is a now legendary monthly poetry series that debuted back in October 2005. It's a feature driven format, which means the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. We do this to make sure you get the full effect of each and every specially selected feature we bring to the Langston Room stage, and we've had plenty; From Def Poetry Jam's Tara Betts, Bassey Ikpi, Roger BonairAgard and Regie Cabico, to award winning poets such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Browning, to rare visits by Grammy nominated artists Christylez Bacon and Carolyn Malachi.

Tonight's featured poet is Alan King

Alan King is a poet and journalist, living in the DC metropolitan area. He writes about art and domestic issues on his blog at In addition to teaching creative writing throughout the DC/Baltimore region, he’s a part-time poetry instructor at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the senior program director at the DC Creative Writing Workshop at Charles Hart Middle School in DC’s Congress Heights neighborhood.

 King’s poems have appeared in Alehouse, Audience, Boxcar Poetry Review, Indiana Review, MiPoesias and RATTLE, among others. He is a Cave Canem fellow, VONA Alum, a Stonecoast MFA canditate, and a two-time Best of the Net nominee. He’s also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Drift is his first collection of poems. 

Immediately following the feature we hold a 10 to 15 minute, nine question interview and audience Q&A with the artist that we call the BluePrint Sessions.

Finally, we slip into the limited open mic to close out the event. You get a full show and have your appetite for people and poetry satisfied!

Wristbands are available for purchase online at midnight prior to the event, and on-site at Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore from 10:00 am until sold out. Limit 4 wristbands per person. Sorry, no refunds.

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