Date and Time
Apr 20, 2019 9:00 pm
S T O K E D
Stoked: A Queer Open Mic debuted at Busboys and Poets after the previous queer series, Sparkle ended in 2017. It is the vision of poets C Thomas & Regie Cabico to bring to life and light the ever-expanding identity of race, sexual identity and gender. The series features musical, literary & multidisciplinary genres that "go in" the very depth of struggle finding hope, laughter and solace during these uncertain politically charged and toxic times. Regie Cabico's anthology, Super Stoked, is the inspiration by poet activist, C Thomas to create the space for Queer People of Color, thus forming an intergenerational bond by two beloved Busboys and Poets open mic hosts holding their various communities together.
Tickets at the Door are cash only - $10
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ABOUT THE HOSTS
Regie Cabico is the first Asian and Queer poet to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, later taking top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams He took a first place prize with New York's Bowery Poetry Club. His work appears on TEDx Talk, HBO Def Poetry Jam, NPR Snap Judgement. His work appears in over 50 anthologies including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry & Spoken Word Revolution. He produces Capturing Fire: an International Queer Slam in Washington, DC for almost a decade. He resides in Washington, DC
C. Thomas is a writer and performance artist based in Washington, DC. Effectively weaving his emotions into accessible works of art, C. has stunned audiences at Studio 2001 Art Gallery, Angelina College, Howard University, Prince George's Community College, Thomas Jefferson University, Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Journey of Faith United Methodist Church and was named a Pioneer of Poetry by NUSPA (National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards) in 2015. An unapologetic voice for social change, C. continues to use art as advocacy for organizations such as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness, Black Lives Matter, SGL (Same Gender Loving) and the LGBT community of which he is proud to be a part
While studying Radio Production at Columbia College Chicago, Patience was given the opportunity to share her work alongside several activists and artists, such as Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, and other notable figures. She is most recently recognized as the "Scat" of the Peace & Bodyroll Duo BOOMscat. The duo released their first full length album earlier this year. This project debuted at #6 on the itunes R&B charts, #94 on the global charts and is picking up momentum around the world. If she must be classified by genre, Patience is an artist who creates collages for your listening pleasure. If you listen closely you may feel her heart between your ears.
Tyler French is a writer, educator, and organizer based in Washington, DC. He is a co-creator of Queer Cookies, a poetry slam and bake sale supporting queer-identified poets. He has work in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Beech Street Review, and Bending Genres.