#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Brooklyn Poetry Slam

The Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings together Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom on Monday, November 19, 2018, 7 p.m., at the BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York. The Slam will be hosted by poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne, with featured guest Jon Sands and music by poet and educator DJ Jive Poetic. The Slam will be followed by an Open Mic. This event is free with online RSVP.
Mahogany Browne is the author of several poetry collections and chapbooks, including Kissing Caskets (YesYes Books, 2017), Smudge (Button Poetry, 2016), Redbone (Aquarius Press, 2015), and #Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online (Penmanship Books, 2010). Browne is the founder and publisher of Penmanship Books, which she created “as the answer to the performance poet’s publishing problem.” She is also the author of Unlikely & Other Sorts (Penmanship Books, 2006), a collection of poetry and essays, and the editor of His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER (Penmanship Books, 2007). She has received literary fellowships from Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, and Rauschenberg. Browne is currently the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC and the host/curator for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Slam Series.
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.
Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, and published in Rattle, The Millions, Hanging Loose, The Rattling Wall from PEN Center USA, and many others, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He is the Interviews Editor for Union Station Magazine, and a recipient of a 2009 New York City-LouderARTS fellowship grant, a 2014 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and a 2014 residency from the Blue Mountain Center. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, and is a founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, a New York based organization that moves poetry into unconventional public spaces. He is a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project, a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing regularly for adults. Sands tours extensively, but lives in Brooklyn.

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