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!
Joining us from Connecticut for the evening is Baub Bidon! Baub (pronounced “Bawb”) is a Haitian/African American poet, actor, writer, and playwright. He has worked on sets with artists ranging from Busta Rhyme, Black Rob, and Pharaoh Monch to Missy Elliot, Nas, Eve and Mary J Blige, to name a few. Inspired by poets such as Ngoma, James Baldwin, Gil Scot Heron, and Saul Williams and playwright August Wilson, Baub chronicles urban life. He writes to tell stories often cultivated from ghettos and jails throughout the United States. His poetry speaks of injustice and poverty, and he hopes that his work uplifts and empowers those who are, and have been, victims of oppression. Baub has worked in prisons alongside Lyrics on Lockdown, in schools and after-school programs, and more. Delivered with Hip Hop and Jazz fused with Blues, Baub’s work conceptualizes the idea of a better tomorrow, and a brighter day. He is a member of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), and was a member of the 2012 Connecticut slam team, Verbal Slap.
Baub is the author of A Glimpse: Spoken Word In Back Pockets (Collected Poems), and has produced a CD by the same name. As a member of the Blackout Arts Collective, he was a writer for the production of What It Iz: the Spoken Wordical, a Hip Hop/Spoken Word adaptation of the 1970s musical and film, The Wiz. He has appeared in various film and theater projects, and has contributed to written anthologies. Baub Bidon is the founder and Host of FREE 2 SPIT (www.facebook.com/free2spit), a poetry open mic and potluck which takes place every first Friday of the month (except for January) at the New Haven Peoples Center.
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? :)