Saturday, June 18, 2011

HBO Def Poet Big Mike @ The Inspired Word Spoken Word Poetry Series

HBO Def Poetry Star Big Mike @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ One and One Bar/Restaurant, Nexus Lounge, Manhattan, NYC. Hosted by Nathan P.

Big Mike has appeared on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Season 6, episode 39 and was a member of the 2005 Nuyorican Slam Team. In 2002, he read his first spoken word piece at Serengeti Plains in Montclair, NJ. Since then he has performed at colleges and universities up and down the East Coast, at the National Poetry Slam and the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam. In 2008 at the 16th annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam, He placed 1st in the Individual Poetry Slam Competition, and the New Jersey team placed 4th. He has been teaching elementary school for 16 years and is currently a 3rd grade teacher who uses the power of poetry to help his students, not only to write, but express how they feel. He has conducted creative writing and poetry workshops for students from grades 3 to 12 and is the founding father of the NJ Youth Slam Team. He also runs open mics and poetry slams for youth poets all over NJ. Big Mike the Home Movies DVD not only focuses on his poetry, but welcomes you into his home where anything and everything can happen. Bitter Married and Bald, his self-published book, is another journey into his poetry and the stories behind them. His debut CD Reality Bytez was released in 2004.

The Inspired Word is New York City's hottest new spoken word poetry series happening every Thursday night in downtown Manhattan, produced by longtime journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner.

Filmed and Edited by: Laurence Wallace

Music by: Oveous

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