Date and Time
Apr 20, 2019 5:00 pm
Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.
Hosted by DC Youth Slam Team
SPLIT THIS ROCK'S DC YOUTH SLAM TEAM uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. With annual travel to regional and national poetry slam festivals, such as Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, the team provides outstanding opportunities, training, and a platform for talented youth to develop their writing, performance, and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and teaching artists.
The team is a year-long program for students in DC and the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia (affectionately called the DMV area). Students must currently be enrolled in middle or high school and live in the area to be eligible for the team.
For more information, email SLAM@splitthisrock.org
FEATURING: 2019 DC YOUTH POET LAUREATE GABRIELA OROZCO
Gabriela Orozco is a D.C. native and currently a sophomore at School Without Walls. She takes inspiration and pride from her heritage as a Jewish Latina daughter of immigrants; her mother is from South Africa and her father is from Nicaragua. Her poetry is inspired by reflections on her identity as well as improving herself and the world. Gabrielacelebrates living in Washington D.C. and is passionate about reading, writing, and social justice.
Gabriela loves learning about politics, literature, history, traveling. She also loves reading and spending time with family and friends. She is honored to have been chosen as the 2019 DC Youth Poet Laureate and relishes the opportunity to grow as a writer, an activist, and an ambassador of poetry and writing, though Words Beats Life. She has performed in D.C. at Busboys and Poets, at School Without Walls and for the Youth Arts Advocacy Exchange.
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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 Busboys and Poets Bookstore. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.