February—a month that brings both the mind-numbing hero worship this country falls prey to, as well as the celebration of a people of color who have survived oppression on both sides of the Atlantic. Poetry can helps us navigate this period and stay strong in the Struggle! 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! [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!]
Bringing the poetic power to our feature this month is the dynamic Rasheed Copeland! A native of Washington, DC, Rasheed is the author of The Book of Silence: Manhood As a Pseudoscience (Sergeant Press, 2015) and is a recipient of the 2016 and 2017 DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Award. He placed second in the world at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Currently studying English at the undergraduate level at Howard University, Rasheed's work has been featured in online publications such as Split This Rock and Public Pool. He has performed across the country and has been featured locally at renowned venues such as the Howard Theatre and the Lincoln Theatre.
Twitter & Instagram: @sheedemilio
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 as soon as I arrive in the building! [You must be present to sign up, however; 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? :)