Date and Time
Nov 21, 2018 9:00 pm
FRIENDSGIVING OPEN MIC!!
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: Marquis Wright-Lee is a P.Y.J. (Pretty Young Jawn) born and raised in North Philadelphia with aspirations to add something of use to his city. He uses poetry and entertainment as a way to keep folk informed and bring them into things they either may not put much thought into, or feel as though they have no one or place to talk about, as well as try to give folk a break from the insanity of this world.
Since his emergence onto the poetry scene, Marquis has been invited to be a part of two poetry collectives (On Point Ink and Voices in Power), be a feature/spotlight at various shows, released two books of poetry (“Earning the Title of Poet”, “[meanwhile...]), helped facilitate poetry workshops with middle, high school, and college students, represented Philadelphia with The Fuze Slam poetry team at the National Poetry Slam competition (2015 & 2016), and later graduated to one of the organizers for the Fuze in 2017. He has also touched various stages from Nuyorican Poets Cafe to multiple Bus Boys & Poets, college stages at Temple University, Philadelphia University, West Chester University, and Clarion University, has had a poem featured in a documentary ("Don't Ask Do Tell") as well as a play ("Dirtyrom 2011 to 2016).
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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. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM. 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 forfeiture of seats.