Date and Time
Aug 16, 2019 9:00 pm
College Night hosted by Malachi Byrd
Proud Washington D.C. native Malachi Byrd is a twenty one year-old junior at Princeton University. The captain and co-founder of ContraVerse, his high school slam team, Malachi led the team to the 2014 Louder Than a Bomb – DMV title. He also is a 2-time member of the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, including the 2014 winners of the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. A rapper, poet, scholar, and activist, Malachi has won numerous awards and scholarships, and has performed on television (including two episodes of Lexus Verses and Flow), radio, at protests on the national mall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and South Africa. He is the self-proclaimed first Senator of Washington D.C., (Vote Byrd 2032) and will use his education to help tackle problems of inequality and inequity in urban environments. An African-American Studies major and Creative Writing minor, Malachi uses his poetry as introspection, self-discovery, self-critique, and activism. He never shies away from his Blackness and makes that evident in his second release of poems, Which Picture Would They Use? (2015). His first fully published book and mixtape, dually named Crowning Too Early (C.T.E.), is currently available.
FEATURING: IMANI CEZANNE
Imani Cezanne is a San Diego-born writer, performer and teaching artist currently living in Oakland, CA. As a national poetry slam champion, she has been invited to over 50 universities, corporate events, festivals and conferences to perform and facilitate workshops. Imani Cezanne has taught creative writing and spoken word poetry in over 40 middle and high schools across the country, using custom lesson plans.
Imani Cezanne is a highly acclaimed writer, performer, teaching artist, and poetry slam coach. Rooted in her experiences as a Black woman, Imani Cezanne’s work digs deep into the silenced themes of race, gender, sexuality and privilege to become a catalyst for social justice and change. As a nationally touring spoken word poet, Imani has been invited to travel all over the country to share her work at poetry venues, colleges, universities, conferences, festivals and more. Imani has won 5 Grand Slam Championships, placed in the top 10 at 5 World Poetry Slams and has appeared on three major network television shows. In 2016, she became a Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-Champion and published her first chapbook with Belladonna Press.
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College Night Open Mic! A Busboys and Poetry Event Every third Friday of the month. For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of college students voices and a vast array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, comedians and other talents from freshmen to graduate students. Each month, we feature a different college/university or an individual alumni artist. A great alternative to the college night life! Audience is open to all, college students are encouraged to share their work!