Spring! It’s a time of hope, renewal and blooming—but not everything is coming up roses in our world. We need poetry to help weed out the evil and ignorance! 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 rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy. Our theme is “Peace, Justice, Poetry!” By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus this night on justice and other matters of life. And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!
A poetic firestorm is overtaking us from Charlotte, North Carolina! Breeze "ILifeThis" The Poet—author, poet, battle rapper, host, workshop facilitator and mentor—is a Richmond, Virginia native and dedicated father of three who began writing poetry in high school and began performing professionally in 2010. While having many accomplishments in his short time as a professional poet, from slam championships to television show appearances, his ultimate goal is to teach his kids how to find their voices and never be silent, how to believe in their dreams and adopt the understanding that, while your gifts will make room for you, faith without works is dead and blessed are those who work diligently towards multiplying their gifts. He also desires to reach the next generations in hopes of helping them find themselves through this gift, as he has!
Breeze, the author of Serenity Song: Whole Hymns For Broken Peace and Amerikkkan History X-The Miseducation of... /The Praise Dance of a Sinner, lives out the idea of "Love Any Way"—a belief that love is the key ingredient needed to be relevant in this craft. Love enough to want to listen, learn, inform, inspire, enlighten and grow. Love also motivates one to always be honest in everything they do. “I was once told, ‘you don't win slams, get applause or praise and accolades because you're the greatest writer or performer, but because people believe you.’" That idea, above everything else, is the epitome of Breeze "ILifeThis" The Poet!
-Author of Serenity Song: Whole Hymns for Broken Peace
-Performed on the historic Apollo Theater stage
-Performed for Jill Scott at the Radio City Music Hall in NY as the winner of the prestigious Verses and Flow Writing Competition
-Opened up for Angie Stone
-National Television appearance as a featured poet on Lexus presents TV1 Verses and Flow (season 4)
-2015 Writers Den Grand Slam (Richmond) Champion
-Coached the 2016 Writing Lions (Richmond) to 6th place in the regional competition (Southern Fried Poetry Slam)
-5x consecutive King of the South Regional Poetry Slam champion (2011-2016)
-Took 2nd place at group piece finals with the 2017 Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam team at Nationals
-Creator of Life Line Poetry, an organization that strives for the growth of young poets
- 2018 IWPS for Bull City Slam
Holdin’ it down for the evening is Analysis—poet/spoken word artist, bookseller, educator, minister, justice & human rights theoretician… Y’all know what’s up!
Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet
The MIC LIST will open at 5:30PM. [You must be present to sign up; no call-ins.]
FREE ADMISSION! [We will take a collection to support the feature.]
(Mature language and themes may be involved; not suggested for younger children.)
Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!! Will we see you there? :)