Date and Time
Dec 6, 2018 9:00 pm
A Busboys and Poetry Event hosted this week by DJ Tao
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. And since 2016 he has hosted Eggspress Yourself, a monthly open mic in Silver Spring, MD.
DJ Tao is the most unpredictable poet on the planet. So when you see him in action…. Say ‘word’!
FEATURING: MARIAH BARBER
Mariah Barber is Carolina girl from the 704 and current Peace Corps volunteer between countries. She is a self-proclaimed "bag lady" and "nomad" who is claiming DC as home for a while until she returns to Latin America. She is an activist, spoken word poet , author, researcher and sexual health educator. She is a former radio show personality with WZMB “Good Vibrations Radio” and current podcaster on “Poetically Correct” and “Attempting to find da Answers”. Barber is the founder of Beyond Your Organization LLC a company dedicated to exploring identity through workshops involving spoken word poetry and uplifting unheard voices. Her book “Of Mics & Pens & Gods & Other College Courses” covers her unique brand of womanhood through haiku's ,long poems and more. Riah lives for the Spanish language, hiking ,QPOC, anthropology, Indian food, liberation , Earl Grey tea, thrifting , records, HIV prevention , yoga and open mic nights. She has her master’s in social behavioral & Community Health and has focused her efforts on bettering the health outcomes for women of color through storytelling with words or research.
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$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 in the bookstore (cash only). 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. Sorry, no refunds.