Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Jonathan Tucker
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 14,2013 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
A Busboys and Poetry event! Hosted tonight by Jonathan B Tucker. 

Jonathan B. Tucker lives in Washington, DC, melding art and activism with his work as a performer and educator. He has represented DC at the National Poetry Slam twice on the Busboys and Poets 11th Hour Slam Team (‘09 & ‘10) and is frequently working in schools and community organizations leading workshops on spoken word poetry. Youth Programs Coordinator for Split This Rock, JBT coaches the DC Youth Slam Team and organizes the monthly Youth Open Mic Series at Busboys and Poets 5th & K. His poetry has appeared in Howard University's Amistad Journal and has disappeared in many illustrious places as well. His book I Got the Matches is traveling the streets, back alleys, and right now. When not teaching your children or inspiring a movement, JBT enjoys inspiring dance moves as DJ PhenomeJon and eating copious amounts of noodles.

Tonight's featured poet is Kyla Lacey

Kyla Jenee Lacey is a poet from Central Florida.  Her first poem was copyrighted when she was ten years old.  Formerly known as The Rising Phoenix, she reverted back to her birth name because The Rising Phoenix started to sound kind of whack. She speaks German, French and Spanglish and is a graduate of with a degree in History from the University of Central Florida. She was offered a teaching opportunity, but turned it down because being a starving artist will feel way cooler when she is old and wants to tell her grandkids stories.  She has featured all over the Southeast, not including her almost forty college performances in FL, GA, WI,TN, IA, OH, IL, IN, NC, SC, MO, LA and VA.  She was a member of the famed Sacred Sounds Slam Team in Southern Fried Poetry Slam, which helped her to make ‘Final Stage’ on her first attempt in 2012.  Kyla’s first poetry CD, titled “A\Way With Words” was released in December of 2010 and her second “Lady Brings the Blues” was released in June of 2012.  She is currently working on her first book of poetry and short stories.  She has featured at famed poetry spots as far south as Miami and as far north as Milwaukee, she has also opened up plenty of doors for old people. 

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. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear.

$5 Cover. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online here starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM (cash only). No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.

Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in a forfeiture of seats.   

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