Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Sarah Lawson
5th & K | Cullen | July 04,2012 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event hosted this week by Sarah Lawson.  

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.

Sarah Lawson is the founder and slam master of the Beltway Poetry Slam, which currently hosts the 5th ranked slam team in the world. Other than serving as DC poetry's unofficial hype woman, she can be found teaching writing workshops throughout the city, sharing rough drafts on open mics and hosting her favorite 7:30 am activity, Poetry in the Morning at Bloombars. She has served on the board of mothertongue DC, DC's premier women's spoken word group, and was a member of the Jenny McKean Moore Writing Workshop in poetry at the George Washington University. She also likes hugs.

Tonight's feature poet is Pages D Matam 

As a spoken word artist from the DC metropolitan area, the same versatility upon grabbing a mic to take his audience on a journey in his pen, is also embodied in his performance. PAGES is a poet and emcee originally from Cameroon, Africa. His features have included The Kennedy Center; colleges and universities such as Columbia University; & BETJ Lyric Café. He has touched stages with the likes of Ainsley Burrows and Oveous Maximus, opened for Raheem DeVaughn & Chrisette Michelle, Afrika Bambaataa to name a few. He is also founder and co-president of Da Movement Poetz, a performance based arts group geared towards reaching mainly young adults via the arts. In addition to winning multiple local slams, he is also the 2010 DC Grand Slam Champion, two-time member of the Busboys and Poets DC Slam team (which finished in top 13th in the nation in 2011 National Poetry Slam Competition), and co-hosts GraffitiDC, one of D.C.’s newest ground-breaking premier Slam Series presented by Beny Blaq Ent. Currently, if he is not somewhere rocking a stage, he works as a creative writing teacher and leads workshops throughout various universities, and elementary to high schools.

$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.

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