events at red emma's

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It’s time to move! Move out of systemic oppression, move beyond elitist lies, move toward a just, anti-oppressive society—and, in the case of Red Emma’s, move to our new home in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood this Spring! That will happen soon; in the meantime, however, the poetry keeps moving! Join us for an online open mic of the theme, “Peace, Justice, Poetry!” It’s a night of justice, conscious socioploitical thought, family, survival and empowerment, spirit—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth” magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy. By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus the night on justice and other matters of life. And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!

Bringing us the winter poetic heat will be gigi bella!

gigi bella has been ranked the tenth top woman poet in the world (during the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam [WOWPS]) and is a two-time Project X Bronx Poetry Champion, as well as a literal mermaid! She’s been a Pink Door Fellow, a National Poetry Slam champion and semifinalist, and a member of one of the top 25 teams in the nation at the 2018 National Poetry Slam as part of the first ever all-Latinx slam team, Project X Bronx Slam Team. She has been featured on stages with Andrea Gibson, Clementine Von Radics, Sabrina Benaim, Lauren Zuniga, Olivia Gatwood and many others. Her chapbook, “weird things,” was featured on the Instagram of pop singer/songwriter, Sara Bareilles (“Love Song” and “Brave,” from the musical “Waitress”). Her other work is featured on Button Poetry, Slamfind and in “What Are Birds?”, and is forthcoming in “Maps for Teeth” and “Knight's Library.” Her book, “big feelings,” was released with Game Over Books in Spring 2020.

Holdin’ it down for the evening is Analysis—poet/spoken word artist, rad minister and bookseller, educator, justice & human rights person… Y’all know what’s up!

Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet

CashApp: $AnalysisThePoet


To sign up to receive the Zoom link, go to The mic list sign up will be at that same location. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the event. If time permits we will take names onto the list during the event as well, after those who have signed up have performed. One piece; five minutes limit.  Be sure to sign up for the event link BEFORE the event starts, to be sure you receive it!

In lieu of our usual in-person collection to support the feature, PLEASE support the host and the featured artist directly (methods to be announced) in order to ensure the continuation of the venue. SUPPORT ARTISTS! And, of course, continue to support Red Emma’s!

The evening is, indeed, brought to you by Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, a worker-owned and collectively operated restaurant, bookstore, and community events space in Baltimore, Maryland that is dedicated to putting principles of solidarity and sustainability into practice in a democratic workplace! Twitter & Instagram: @redemmas

Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!! Will we see you there? :)