The Brooklyn Poetry Slam /

Brooklyn Poetry Slam | May 31, 2022

Join host Jive Poetic and guest DJ Rico Frederick for the Brooklyn Poetry Slam, back in-person at BRIC House! Featuring poet Vincent Hill.




Check-in starts at 5:00PM / Ballroom doors open at 6:30PM / Event starts at 7:00PM




BRIC House Ballroom
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Photo credit: Toby Tenenbaum

PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Entry is first come, first served, so please make sure to come early if you'd like to grab a spot!

Check-in starts at 5:00PM / Ballroom doors open at 6:30PM / Event starts at 7:00PM

Join us live and in-person at BRIC House for the Brooklyn Poetry Slam, an incredible evening of poetry and community! This month’s slam will be led by co-founder Jive Poetic along with guest DJ Rico Frederick and featured poet Vincent Hill. Mark your calendars now, and join special guests and poets from all over the world.

Don’t miss the chance to speak out and be heard! Sign ups for the Slam and the Open Mic are first come, first served, and happen at the event starting at 6:50PM.


Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets SocietyCarnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased on season four of TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS NewsHour, and BET. International recognition and support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda. He has received fellowships from Air Serenbe and Rhode Island Writers Colony, and when he is not on tour or hosting, he teaches poetry and hip hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area. 

Rico Frederick is a graphic designer and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014), holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute, a Cave Canem Fellow, Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, Fulbright semi-finalist, Pushcart nominee, and the first poet to represent all four original New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam. His poems, artistic work, and short film have been featured in the New York Times, Muzzle, Epiphany, No Dear Magazine, The Big Apple Film Festival, an Academy of American Poets Contest - Honorable Mention, Best of the Net Anthology Nominee (poetry) 2017 and elsewhere. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York, loves gummy bears, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the hope they will take him someplace new.

By day he is a high school dean, but on holidays he’s a bar slinging wordsmith trying to slay the mundane. Vincent Hill is a poet/actor/educator out of Brooklyn New York. He began performing spoken word in 2010 and since then has self published a self help book of prose called seven day theory: how the concrete rose rises, headlined at the Hudson River Amphitheater, modeled in GQ magazine, acted in an NBC Universal short film the Blue Labyrinth and created his own creative writing program, Untamed Voices. In his spare time though, you can find him meditating in the catskill mountains. 

Venue Information:

A flexible performance space that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. Located on the first floor of BRIC House. Visit our Accessibility page to learn more about access at BRIC.

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