Pages Matam

D.O.P.E (Director Of Poetry Events)
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Pages Matam is a Cameroon born international touring writer and performer. Currently residing in Washington D.C., he became a Callaloo Fellow not long after authoring the Beltway Poetry Quaterly best new book of 2014 prize winning collection of poems, The Heart of a Comet (Write Bloody, 2014). He was winner of the 2014 National Poetry Slam, and has appeared on Season 4 & 5 of Lexus' Verses and Flow on TV ONE & BET. He is a proud Bowtie Enthusiast, Anime fanatic, Gummy bear elitist, and professional hugger. From the page to the stage, his passions and activism rooted in education, sexual assault awareness and immigration fuel all of the visceral parts of his journey, while always being unapologetic.
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11th Hour Slam (14th & V) | Thursday Night Open Mic Poetry (Hyattsville)
2Deep has certainly made a name for herself in the poetry community since 2006 by performing at Ottawa University (Canada), Cornell University, and opening for the late Gill Scott-Heron in 2009. She was a member of Busboys and Poets’ 2009 Slam Team, Word War II Champion, and served as the Busboys and Poets' Slam Master. Currently, she’s selling her book, Spoken Heard, and stays busy with her blog, 2DeepUncensored. 2Deep welcomes the life lessons, as they make for beautiful and honest poetry.
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13 of Nazareth

Monday Night Open Mic (Shirlington)
13 of Nazareth is a performance poet living with epilepsy, a dry sense of humor, and peace of mind over everything. The golden thread which runs throughout his hip-hop infused poetry is drawn from the looms of various spiritual traditions to weave a tapestry of creative works geared toward the personal and collective healing process. Contact |

Danielle Evennou

*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
Danielle Evennou is an ex-cheerleader from Central New Jersey. The daughter of a car salesman and stenographer, she values persuasion, shorthand, humor, and shiny things. Since 2008, she has served as president of the Board of Instigators for the DC women's spoken word organization mothertongue. Her poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, Objet d'Art, and Xenith. In 2010, Evennou was the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the winner of the 27th Annual Larry Neal Writer's Award in poetry. Her first chapbook, Queen of Tuesday, was published in 2010.
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Derrick Weston Brown

Nine on the Ninth Open Mic (14th & V)
Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the founding Poet-In-Residence of Busboys and Poets. He also teaches Creative Writing to High school and Middle school students in D.C. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and resides in Mount Rainier, Maryland. He was the 2012-2013 Writer-In-Residence of Howard County.His work has been published in such journals as, Warpland, Mythium, The Drunken Boat, Tidal Basin Review, Little Patuxent Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. His first full length collection of poetry entitled Wisdom Teeth was released in 2011 on Busboys and Poets Press/ PM Press. (Busboys and Poets Press).
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Dwayne Lawson-Brown

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Dwayne Lawson-Brown aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a homegrown DC native poet, activist, break-dancer, and fashion designer. Dwayne has been known to write a pretty good haiku in his day which has lead to him win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA), and his work to increase HIV awareness through the spoken-word community garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and the Washington Post. Ultimately his goal is to make the audience feel something, and he’s always met his goal! When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.
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DJ Supalee

ASL (American Sign Language) Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
Leyland Lyken aka DJ SupaLee is a deaf poet and hip hop DJ from Brooklyn, NY. He hosted SUPAFEST in 2010 at Gallaudet University, university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, DC, as a movement for deaf entertainment; poetry, DJ performance, among others. As SupaLee puts it, "You don't need to be deaf to attend a deaf event. If you're disabled in any way, don't allow yourself to become the victim. There are millions of people out there looking for people like you. So come on out and make yourself known."
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DJ Tao

Thursday Night Open Mic Poetry (Hyattsville)
Whether freestyle or written, DJ Tao is word in motion.
DJ Tao began his career as a spoken word artist in the Washington, DC area. After extensive experience performing locally he decided to expand his audience. He took his act on the road, touring America’s colleges with a duet called “The Pen and Paper”. This seasoned writer has also released several studio projects featuring his work. DJ Tao has shown that poetry is truly for the people. A poet with a distinct voice, he has flipped poetry into a fresh new style – free-word. His improvised free-word poems are an interactive, democratic experience for everyone in the room. He turns ‘his’ poem into ‘our’ poem. As an open-mic host, DJ Tao is a poet with a feel for the moment. He has a funny, witty way of getting the whole room thinking and laughing at the same time. Since 2010 he has hosted at Busboys and Poets in their Shirlington and Hyattsville locations. DJ Tao is the most unpredictable poet on the planet.
So when you see him in action…. Say ‘word’!
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Drew Law

Monday Night Open Mic Poetry (Shirlington)
Drew Law is a rare breed of entertainer; branching out into several different categories of performing arts with relentless fervor, and showmanship. A Hip-Hop artist who has opened for such superstars as Method Man, Pitbull, EPMD, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh. He is also involved with the “Grind Time” battle league; the biggest competitive rap league in the world. Drew Law also a poet in Washington, D.C. was a member of the 2011 Beltway Slam team who finished in the top 8 in the country and 2011 NUSPA (National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards) nominee for “Best Performance: Male.”

Droopy "The Broke Baller"

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Drew Anderson aka "Droopy the Broke Baller" is the master of multi-dimensional mania. Audiences struggle with whether to label him "comedian" or "poet", "MC" or "emcee", but they never struggle to label his explosive exploits as entertaining. An award-winning filmmaker, veteran educator, and host of DC's legendary "Spit Dat" open mic, Droopy is known lovingly as "The Black Weird Al Yankovic" for his infamously hilarious spoofs of popular songs. His latest critically-acclaimed CD, "The Bully: The Aww-Dacity of Broke", won the Award for Best Spoken Word Album at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). Droopy enjoys jogging in the middle of impending hurricanes, writing in the middle of impending heartache, and drafting bios that make him look ultimately cooler than he truly is. Watch Video.


Thursday Night Open Mic Poetry (Hyattsville)
Eric "E-Baby" Smith began writing and reciting poetry in July 2000 with 95.5 WPGC’s Thursday Night Love Talk & Poetry Café. Since then, he’s opened for R&B artists Musiq Soul Child, Me’shell N’degeOcello, and Heather Headley to name a few. He has featured his poetry, hosted poetry shows, and taught classes as a special guest instructor at over 200 colleges and universities across the US. E-Baby has competed in, and won, numerous poetry slams from Virginia to New York within his poetical career. In 2011, he was nominated for the Male Spokenword Performance Artist of the Year by The National Underground Spokenword Poetry Association (NUSPA) and has released two albums.

G Yamazawa

Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
G Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. Born in Durham, NC and raised in a Buddhist household, G is a Kundiman Fellow, two-time Southern Fried Champion, National Poetry Slam Finalist, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and ranked 2nd at the Ontario International Poetry Slam in 2012. He has featured in venues across the nation including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the historic Nuyorican Poets’ Café. G most recently won Kollaboration DC and received the Audience Choice Award at Kollaboration Star, the nation’s largest Asian American performance showcase and competition. Contact |

Gowri K

Tuesday Night Open Mic (14th & V)
Gowri Koneswaran is a poet, singer, and lawyer whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, and the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused. She was a Lannan Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library and has performed poetry at Lincoln Center Out of Doors (NYC), the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Gowri was a member of the 2010 DC Southern Fried Slam team and has served as program director at BloomBars community arts space in Washington, DC, where she hosts and manages events.

Holly Bass

Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
A Cave Canem fellow, Holly Bass' poems have appeared in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Beltway, Role Call (Third World Press) and The Ringing Ear, an anthology of Black Southern poetry. Her pieces have been workshopped and presented at respected regional theaters and performance spaces such as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the Whitney Museum and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She was the first journalist to put the term "hip hop theater" into print in a 1999 American Theatre article.

Jonathan B. Tucker

Wednesday Night Open Mic (5th & K) | Youth Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
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.
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Joseph LMS Green

Joseph LMS
Monday Night Open Mic (Shirlington)
Joseph LMS Green is a DMV based poet who has been writing, performing, and hosting for over 10 years. Joseph LMS began his career in the theatre and puts his years of performance training to good use every time he hits the stage. He has been a member of 5 National Poetry Slam teams including D.C’s own 2011 5th ranked Beltway Poetry Team. In the same year Joseph LMS placed 16th at the Individual World Poetry Slam. When not creating poetry or touring nationally, Joseph LMS is the Program Manager of the Northern VA based after school creative writing program poetryN.O.W. For more information about Joseph LMS or poetry N.O.W. visit or
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KaNikki J

Monday Night Open Mic (Shirlington)
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 toured the US and the UK sharing the stage with Jill Scott, Raheem DeVaughn, and Lyfe Jennings. KaNikki J. writes and recites what she calls “real life fiction” that touches her listeners to the core. She has published two fictional novels: IN REAL LIFE & THE COLOR BLUE and she will release a third in late 2013 entitled THE OTHER SIDE OF PRETTY. KaNikki J is a success at multi-tasking wearing many hats: poet, host, and ASL Interpreter. She is the founder of NUSPA (National Underground Spoken word Poetry Awards.) If you think that something she says on the mic might change your life, you’re probably right.
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Katy Richey

Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Katy Richey’s work has appeared in Rattle, Gargoyle Magazine, Torch, and Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington D.C. She is a Callaloo fellow and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference participant. She co-edited the February 2011 issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly: A Tribute to Langston Hughes and participated in a traveling photography and poetry exhibit: Anacostia Exposed, which toured Belfast, Northern Ireland. She teaches youth poetry workshops and high school English in Maryland.


Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Pages Matam is a multidimensional national touring artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, playwright, and award winning slam poet with passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, and youth advocacy. Along with his greatest accomplishment, being a father, he is also a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic. When he takes stage – as a performer, educator, or host – be prepared to be taken on an experience of cultural, socially conscious, and personal discovery unapologetic in its silly yet visceral and beautifully honest in its storytelling.
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Rebecca Dupas

Thursday Night Open Mic Poetry (Hyattsville)
Rebecca, a Louisiana native, is an educator, photographer and award-winning poet whose writing, performance, and contribution to the poetry community has been recognized in Philadelphia, Baltimore and beyond. Rebecca is the founder and creative director of A DOSE OF DUPAS, an event-based poetry company that houses several live art events to include Body of Work, a closed-mic series, Coffee & Critiques, a writer's circle, and "Come On Son!", a four- woman poetry collective. This poet, producer, event host & educator has published three CDs of original poetry and recently published a book entitled "The Exchange" in May 2013. Rebecca has appeared on Centric, Fox 5, and Her recent tour included appearances on C- Span & PBS News and in The Washington Post alongside President Clinton.

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Regie Cabico

*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
Regie Cabico is one of the country's leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. Bust Magazine ranked him in the "100 Men We Love" and The Kenyon Review called him the Lady Gaga of Poetry. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement. A former Artist-in-Residence for Asian Pacific American Studies at New York University, Regie's work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.
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Sarah Browning

Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Sarah Browning is the director of Split This Rock, a national organization dedicated to integrating the poetry of provocation and witness into public life and supporting the poets who write this vital work. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, poetry co-editor of On The Issues Magazine, author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology. The recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she has also received a Creative Communities Initiative grant and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize.
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Shelly Bell

Thursday Night Open Mic (Shirlington)
Shelly Bell is a certified Virginia educator, performance poet and published author who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She is the founder of Seven City Art Society, a community art organization based in Alexandria, Virginia focused on fostering human interactions using art and technology. Shelly was a member of the 2011 Busboys and Poets Slam Team. She was nominated in the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards for Community Oriented Poet (2011), Best Poet / Spoken Word Artist - DC, Maryland, and Virginia (2011), and Poet of the Year - Baltimore (2010). She has been featured as a spoken word artist in two stage plays; co-hosted at the Busboys and Poets restaurant; performed at George Washington University, University of MD Eastern Shore, the Black LUV Festival and the National Poetry Awards, as well as a host of other venues around the country.
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Twain Dooley

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Twain Dooley is a first generation American. He was born of Jamaican parents some time between the assassinations of Malcom X. and Dr. Martin Luther King. Growing up in the Washington, DC public school system, with a name like Twain Dooley, one either learns to fight or develops a sense of humor. Since Twain fights with his words, he has become a poet. Upon returning to his hometown after a short stay in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Twain began reading his poetry, touring, and writing books with the group he co-founded, The Modern Urban Griots. He has since then won a position on nine nationally competitive poetry slam teams, was the DC/ Baltimore slam champion a record three times, and performed all over the country. Twain lives with his fellow poet and wife, Gail Danley and their three children. He is still working on the story of his life “None of This Makes Sense”.