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 is the Final Slam of the season, and 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 to be announced!
* 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 in the BRIC House Ballroom.
BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM RULES:
- Brooklyn poetry slam is a two round performance poetry competition.
- Poets are given three minutes to read their own original work.
- Top five poets from the first round will advance to the second round.
- Competitors are prohibited from using animal acts, props, or musical accompaniment.
- Five random judges from the audience score each round on a scale of 0-10. The highest and lowest scores for each poet, in each round, are dropped. The poet with the highest cumulative score is the winner.
Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem, Poets House, and Serenbe Focus Fellow alum, and the author of several books including Swag & Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & 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 & 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 & 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 Brooklyn Poetry Slam is celebrating five years at BRIC! In addition to the Slams, poets and co-founders Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic are excited to present a series of writing workshops as well as a new podcast through BRIC Radio. Join this vibrant community and hear, speak, and write poetry.
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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