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.
Contact | Follow on Twitter & IG: @pagesofle


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. Having her Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees gave her a solid foundation from which she could build her creative empire, Uncensored Inc.
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @_2Deep_

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 | Follow on Twitter: @13ofnazareth

Ayanna Gallant

Monday Night Open Mic (Brookland)
Ayanna Gallant is a musician, published poet, and educator with the passion for creativity. She volunteers with various non-profit groups focused on arts and social justice and shares her love for the arts as a music teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington D.C. She has shared the stage with Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry and former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins and currently performs with the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective.
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @ayannag

Chris "Poetryzchyld" Thomas

Wednesday Night Open Mic (5th & K)
Chris Poetryzchyld Thomas shows no fear when he sets foot on stage. He has featured for numerous venues including, Sweet and Natural, Busboys and Poets (Hyattsville) and Spit Dat. His passion and skills has secured him as repeat guest performer for Studio 2001 Art Gallery and as a performer on WPGC's Love Talk and Slow Jams. Chris is an advocate for Child Abuse Prevention and Gay Rights. After sharing his poem, "I" a piece accepting one's own strength in 2004, he knew his story had to be shared. He has gone on, and will continue to go on to conquer mindsets. Ladies and gentleman, Chris Poetryzchyld Thomas.
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Danielle Evennou

*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
Danielle Evennou is a writer and performer who lives in her own 90's sitcom: with a strong female lead, roaring laugh track, and the inevitable moral lesson. Danielle’s poetry and memoir have appeared in apt, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Split Lip, and Words Dance. She resides in Washington, DC. Find more information about Danielle and her work at
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @evennou

Dwayne Lawson-Brown

Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry (5th & k)
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 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

Drew Law
Monday Night Open Mic Poetry (Brookland)
Amin "Drew" Law a nationally touring performance poet and writing facilitator . Amin looks to connect his Palestinian roots and American upbringing through art. A three time member of the D.C. Beltway Slam team and current DC grand slam poetry champion. He has performed at multiple colleges including the University of Maryland as a part of their Tedx talk on fearless ideas. Co-founder of the Poetry for Gaza annual event benefiting Palestine.
Contact | Follow on Twitter & IG: @amindrewlaw

Droopy "The Broke Baller"

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (14th & V, Takoma)
Drew Anderson aka "Droopy the Broke Baller" is the master of multimedia 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 co-host of DC's legendary "Spit Dat" open mic, Drew is known lovingly as "The Black Weird Al Yankovic" for his infamous spoofs of popular songs.
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @brokeballer


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry (Brookland) | 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 and has released two albums.

Elizabeth Acevedo

Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
Elizabeth Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Notre Dame Review, Callaloo, and Puerto Del Sol. Her manuscript, Blessed Fruit, was a finalist for Yes Yes Books’ chapbook poetry prize and will be published in the fall of 2016.
Contact | Follow on IG & Twitter: @acevedowrites

Gowri K

Tuesday Night Open Mic (14th & V)
Gowri K. is a Tamil American poet, performing artist, teaching artist, and lawyer whose parents immigrated from Sri Lanka. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, and the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused. She serves as poetry coordinator at BloomBars, senior poetry editor with Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal, and co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Gowri tweets and instagrams on-the-spot haiku @gowricurry
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Jonathan B. Tucker

Wednesday Night Open Mic (5th & K) | Youth Open Mic Poetry (5th & K)
Jonathan B. Tucker lives and works in DC, melding art and activism with his work as an educator and poet. A teacher, mentor, DJ, and organizer, Jonathan is very passionate about youth development and using art to heal, build connections, and challenge norms. Winner of multiple grants and fellowships, he has coached the DC Youth Slam Team and brought teen poets to South Africa, Sweden, the Kennedy Center, and the White House.
Contact | | Follow on Twitter & IG: @jonathanbtucker

Joseph LMS Green

Joseph LMS
Monday Night Open Mic (Brookland)
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)
Born KaNikki Jakarta, being interpreted as “great writer” at birth, KaNikki is living up to her name. She is an Award Winning Poet who has traveled the US and UK as a performance poet and founded, facilitated, and/or hosted 12 presentations in 15 years ranging from open mics, award ceremonies, conferences, and workshops. With over 25 years of writing and over a decade on the poetry scene, KaNikki has opened for Jill Scott, Raheem DaVaughn, and Lyfe Jennings. She has authored 3 works of fiction: IN REAL LIFE, THE COLOR BLUE, & THE OTHER SIDE OF PRETTY, 2 poetry collections: KaNikki Who? & The Skillz of a Sistah, and released a poetry cd: The Introduction of KaNikki Jakarta. KaNikki J. writes and recites what she calls “real life fiction.” She says, “If you think something I say on the mic may save your life, you’re probably right.”
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @KanikkiJ

Katy Richey

Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Katy Richey is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Fjords Review, RHINO, The Offing and other journals. Her manuscript Into the Bluest Part received an honorable mention for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2015 Fine Arts Work Center Walker Scholarship for Writers of Color and a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award for poetry.
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Khadijah Moon

Tuesday Night Open Mic (14th & V)
Mama Artist, Master Teacher, & Social Activist, Khadijah Moon is founder of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Liberated Muse Arts and a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist awardee. A singer/songwriter, playwright and emerging visual artist, Moon uses poetry to express, ignite and educate. Deliciously creative & exuberantly human, she morphs into amber light at will.
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @KhadijahOnline

Mary Bowman

Mary Bowman
Monday Night Open Mic (Shirlington)
Mary Bowman is an award winning advocate, poet, singer and song writer who uses her gift of poetry and song to educate, and spread messages of hope and awareness for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Her efforts in the fight for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS along with her experience and expertise have granted her access to speak for several panel discussions, conference presentations, support groups and more. Mary has 2 projects available for sale, her 2011 award winning collection of poetry, LOTUS and her 2014 EP entitled LOVE B.O.A.T.S.
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @justmarybowman

Matt Gallant

Matt Gallant
Tuesday Night Open Mic (Takoma)
Born in New England, Matthew P. Gallant is a teacher, poet, and live events host. A three-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam and winner of the 2011 New England NorthBeast Regional Slam, Matthew occasionally hosts the Beltway Slam at Busboys and Poets—Brookland and an open mic series at Busboys and Poets—Takoma Park. An avid arts enthusiast, Matthew lives outside of D.C. with his wife, Ayanna, and their boxer-beagle, Mingus.
Contact | Follow on Twitter: @MrGPoet

Natalie E. Illum

Monday Night Open Mic (Brookland)
Natalie E. Illum is a poet, disability activist and storyteller living in Washington DC. Her work has appeared Word Warriors: 35 Women of the Spokenword Revolution and Full Moon on K Street, as well as in Feminist Studies and on NPR's Snap Judgment. She has competed on the National Poetry Slam circuit since 2008, and is the 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion. Natalie has performed with many artists across the US, including Michelle Tea,Eileen Myles, Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson. Her writing centers around disability, identity and autobiography. She has an MFA in creative writing from American University, and teaches workshops in a variety of venues.
Contact | Follow on Twitter & IG: @Poetryrox

Rebecca Dupas

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (Takoma) | 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 events to include Coffee & Critiques, a writer's circle, and "Come On Son!", a four- woman poetry collective. This poet, producer, event host & educator has published four CDs of original poetry and recently published a book entitled "The Exchange" in May 2013. Rebecca has appeared on TedxTalks, Centric, Fox 5, and Her recent tour included appearances on C- Span & PBS News and in The Washington Post alongside President Clinton. For a longer bio, please visit
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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

Sarah Browning
Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology, she is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a Creative Communities Initiative grant, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize.
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Slli'm Williams

Monday Night Open Mic (Shirlington)
Slli’m is a born and raised DC native. He’s been killing slams and rocking stages throughout the nation for more than a decade with persuasive engaging vocal arrangements. When invited to join the Busboys and Poets hosting enclave, he did so happily. He continues to join his peers in the pursuit of poetic mastery, actively attacking audience boredom with action packed antics full of love and laughter, aimed at the abdomen. ... Encouragement!
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Twain Dooley

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry (14th & V)
Affectionately known as "Uncle" Twain, he has shared his funky brand of wit and wisdom with the poetry and story telling communities for over 20 years. He has been a member of 10 DC/Baltimore slam teams, has been the grand slam champion 3 times, published in several journals and anthologies including "I Just Hope It's Lethal". He believes in the power of the Funk and the laughter of children.