Date and Time
Feb 19, 2020 9:00 pm
A Busboys and Poetry Event hosted this week by Jonathan B. Tucker
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Crofton, Maryland, Jonathan B. Tucker (JBT) is a poet, organizer, educator, DJ, photographer, and dreamer passionate about poetry, youth empowerment, racial and social justice, and finding purpose through service to others. He has received numerous awards and artist fellowships, and has performed and taught at schools, libraries, detention centers, museums, and conferences around the world. His poems have appeared in Howard University’s Amistad Journal alongside the late Amiri Baraka (Howard University, 2011), in Etan Thomas’s anthology Voices of the Future (Haymarket Books, 2012), and on the stages of the Kennedy Center and the South African State Theatre. JBT represented DC at the National Poetry Slam in 2009 and 2010, and coordinated and co-coached the DC Youth Slam Team with nonprofit org Split This Rock Producing and hosting poetry programs for over a decade, JBT now runs an international arts exchange program between DC and South Africa.
FEATURING: SIMPLY NAY
SimplyNay is an 8th generation Native Washingtonian born, bred, and continuing to build in Ward 8. An award-winning wordsmith, SimplyNay 's original stage-play “The Belle and the Bulldagger” won “Best Drama” at the 2019 D.C. Black Theatre and Arts Festival . Her published work includes “#Successfully Single:Confessions Of A Professional Dater” and contributions to “Love Letters To Our Daughters: A Collection of Womanly Affirmations” and “Shout It Out: Coming Out Black and Brown”.
SimplyNay is an internationally syndicated radio personality. For 10 years, she has hosted “The One Mic Stand with SimplyNay”. This online radio show is now heard by nearly 3 million people in 209 countries. In 2014, she expanded this endeavor into STAND Omnimedia, a diversified digital media platform named after its mission to “STAND with the voices that are most often silenced.”
When she's not on the mic, SimplyNay is the Executive Director of The Future Foundation; the only trauma-informed drop-in center for teens and their families in Ward 8 established in 2012. For this work, she has been awarded the “2018 Woman of Achievement Award” by Women’s Information Network and “Leader of the Year” by the Young Education Professionals. Many are surprised to learn that SimplyNay is an award-winning cosplayer. Most recently winning the Captain Green Lantern 2019 title. She also competes in beauty pageants and currently reigns as Miss Plus America D.C. She credits being a Virgo for her continued success and lives by her original mantra #supportisFREE
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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. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. 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.