Sunday, January 22, 2012

2011 Individual World Poetry Slam Champ Chris August + Poet Stephanie Rogers & Open Mic - Wed, Jan. 25

The Inspired Word presents the 2011 Individual Word Poetry Slam Champion Chris August + spoken word poet Stephanie Rogers & our amazing 20-slot open mic open to all types of artists (comedians, musicians, storytellers, fiction/nonfiction writers, as well as poets and spoken word artists).

Hosted by HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye.



Chris August was crowned the best performance poet in the country last year, winning the prestigious Individual World Poetry Slam in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a special educator, writer and activist from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been involved in the national performance poetry community since 2002, and has been published in numerous collections and toured and competed throughout most of the country.


A spoken word performer, former competitive storyteller and a Twitter-wiseass, Stephanie Rogers realized her love for the written word early, reciting poetry in her community church. However, thanks to a congregation member appropriating a particular favorite reading, she was inspired to create her own poetic works. Since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent, she has been published in the Iliad Press Anthology “MUSES” and Playboy Magazine, participated in workshops with Cave Canem and Urban Word, and has performed in open-mic poetry events in New York and New Jersey. She’s been a featured performer at STARK Wide Open, as well as the famed Nuyorican Poets Café. Recently she’s been embraced by the The Inspired Word community, as well as the Open Mic Joint and considers both venues her poet/performer homes. Her first book, “Just Something I’ve Got to Say”, dedicated to the middle-finger moments of city living, loving and writing will be released in January 2012. Her ambition is to take her poetry to the four corners of the US (perhaps two in Canada), to finish and produce the one-act plays she started in college, and to use her writing in a positive fashion; a little scathing, sometimes amusing, but always inspiring.


When: Wednesday, Jan. 25 , 2012

Where: 116 116 MacDougal Street (between Bleecker Street and Minetta Lane) Downstairs Lounge Manhattan, NY 10012 (212) 254-9996 (917) 703-1512

By subway, take the A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th Street-Washington Square.

Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 6:30pm

Show starts @ 7pm

Cover Charge: $10


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