The Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings together Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom, hosted by poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne with music by poet and educator DJ Jive Poetic. This slam will be followed by an Open Mic, so come early to sign up and make your voice heard. As Mahogany Browne says, “These poets will make you feel things.”
Featured poet: Paragraph
* Entry to this event is first come, first admitted, while space is available. Although it is preferred, you do NOT need an RSVP to attend this event.
* This event is General Admission Seated on the BRIC House Stoop.
* Events are open to all ages, but may include adult themes and language.
Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem, Poets House, and Serenbe Focus Fellow alum, and the author of several books including Swag and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution and listed as About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs and is co-founder of Brooklyn Slam (currently ranked 2nd in the world) and has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada, and Australia as one-third of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word, and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary Brown Girl Love, and Up The Staircase. She is the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. She is the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator and Friday Night Slam host at Nuyorican Poets Café, and Program Director of BLM at Pratt Institute.
Jive Poetic is a poet, activist, and educator. He is the Brooklyn Poetry Slam’s co-founder and resident DJ, and has represented the U.S. national slam team, been featured on TV One’s Lexus Verses and Flow and PBS’ Brief but Spectacular. He teaches hip hop and poetry workshops throughout the country, and is a recent graduate of the MFA Writing & Activism Program at Pratt Institute. In addition to the Brooklyn Poetry Slam, Jive Poetic hosts the Wednesday night Poetry Slam Open at the Nuyorican Poets Café.
The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.