Red Emma's Mother Earth Poetry Vibe—featuring Elliot Axiom!

Saturday August 5, 6:30PM

@ Red Emma's

In a world of misinformation and “alternative facts,” we need axioms of truth and justice! Join us for an open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth magazine, come drop some progressive “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy! 

Bringing the poetic knowledge from Durham, NC is Elliot Axiom! Axiom is a nationally acclaimed touring poet and workshop facilitator. His work has a traditional feel with an urban edge. He makes use of classical form in his work while maintaining relevance to the moment. His performance dynamic spans the poetry spectrum—from the high energy, hard-hitting style of a spoken word artist and slam poet to the intense, audience engaging, storytelling methods of the ancient griots. His content ranges from socially conscious to educational to therapeutic to erotic. He is a poet who's passion is the people he is reaching and teaching!

As a member of the Bull City Slam Team, Axiom has been a champion at Southern Fried Slam (a southeastern regional event), and placed third at National Poetry Slam! He is the 2008 Words of Essence Slam Champion as well as Bull City's 2012 Erotic Slam Champion.

Elliot Axiom's work has been featured on National Public Radios' “The State of Things” and WRAL TV Raleigh's “My Carolina” morning show. As an actor he held major roles in Black Poetry Theatre's “Herstory” and “Definition of a Hero,” and Reason to Rhyme's “Love Black” stage plays. Through a grant from PASAF and in conjunction with the University of North Carolina's African and African American Studies Department he wrote, produced and directed “The African American Odyssey: A Poetic Depiction of a People,” a stage play performed at UNC Chapel Hill. He presently hosts “The Soulstice Lounge” on WCOM 103.5 FM Chapel Hill.

As a teaching artist with a passion for art and activism, Axiom facilitates the “Soulstice Retreat” monthly writing workshop, and presents workshops to youth, “at risk” populations and adults in various states and facilities. He has worked with individuals in detention centers, community organizations and all levels of educational institutions.

Holdin’ it down for the evening is Analysis—poet/spoken word artist, educator, minister, organizer, activist, consultant, bookseller… Y’all know what’s up! 

Twitter @AnalysisThePoet


Mother Earth Poetry Vibe is a non-erotic poetry, non-“love jones” type of venue, so we ask that you not go there. And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside! Mature language and themes may be involved; not suggested for younger children.

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

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