Saturday, April 2, 2011

Poets Ayo The Nigerian Nightmare, David Lawton, LaTonia Phipps + Open Mic - April 7

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word features a beautifully diverse and talented lineup of actor/singer/performance poet David Lawton, poet/musician Ayo The Nigerian Nightmare, and actress/spoken word poet/educator LaTonia Phipps. + a 12-slot open mic (open to poets, spoken word artists, fiction/nonfiction writers, comedians, monologists, singers, musicians). Hosted by 3-time Def Poetry star Gemineye.


Ayo The Nigerian Nightmare is a dynamic performance poet/musician living in Brooklyn, NY. How does one wake up from a dream only to witness a nightmare? Perhaps Patrick Stewart known as Professor X from the X-Men movie series had an inkling when he summed up Ayo The Nigerian Nightmare in one simple word: “Great." But that’s just one man’s opinion, especially from someone who is as famed for not only his cinema roles but as an actor in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. You are better off hearing this Nigerian born, New York City transplant in person, but you are advised to bring your energy. If not, he’s certainly open to sharing his own energy, in its overflowing abundance. He has two albums available on iTunes: For more on Ayo, please visit

David Lawton is an actor, singer, and performance poet who is the curator/host of The Inspired Word's sister series. the JujoMukti Tea Lounge Spoken Word Sundays. He studied theatre at Boston University, and appeared Off-Broadway in "Aven'U Boys" and "Goose and Tom Tom." For ten years he sang backing vocals with the legendary downtown band Leisure Class. He participated in the inaugural performance at the Yippie Museum Cafe with John Sinclair, Mulligan's Underground WordRock Fest, the first Inspired Word Night of Stars, and as co-host and producer of "Downtown Does Huncke for His Birthday."

LaTonia Phipps. Blactress, spoken word poet and educator, received a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and was last seen in "With Aarons Arms Around Me" at The Cherry Lane Theater. In 2010 Phipps debuted with her solo performance project, written and performed by Phipps, titled “Fishing in Brooklyn,” last seen at the highly acclaimed Theater Row, featuring slam poetry, dance, drama and 16 humorous characters. Phipps is currently working on a book of poetry and short stories titled, "My Words Heal." To stay informed on "Fishing'In Brooklyn," or any upcoming projects email


When: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC
Phone: (212) 598-9126

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Cover Charge: $10


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