“Water is Life” Poetry Night Series at Busboys and Poets

Join Waterkeepers Chesapeake to explore what water means to you through poetry and story.

What does water mean to you? This special series of poetry events explores the undeniable fact that “Water is life.” Waterkeepers Chesapeake, in partnership with Busboys and Poets, is hosting this series as part of the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Campaign.

Everyone has the right to clean water. We need it to keep our bodies healthy, our communities safe, and our economies strong. For five decades, the Clean Water Act has protected our waterways and stopped practices such as the discharge of completely untreated wastewater. But we still have work to do. Our DC rivers, while vastly improved since the 1970’s, still experience sewage overflows and legacy toxic pollution. Too often, our low-income and marginalized communities are the ones most harmed by flooding, polluted waterways and historical disinvestment. We hope this poetry series will lift up the stories from these communities, as well as speak to the spiritual and healing connections, and fun times humans have with water.

This series will take place on the 3rd Wednesday May through October:

May 18 – Takoma => TICKETS  – hosted by Malachi Byrd

June 15 – Hyattsville => TICKETShosted by Anthony Oakes

July 20 – 14th & V => TICKETS – hosted by Malachi Byrd

Aug 17 – Takoma => TICKETS – hosted by Glo Shines

Sept 21 – Shirlington => TICKETS – hosted by Dwayne B

Oct 19 – 14th & V => TICKETS – hosted by Carlynn Newhouse

To learn more about the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary campaign and other events go to: https://cwa50.org

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For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, and musicians. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear.

$5 Cover. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.

Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check-in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in a forfeiture of seats.

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Malachi Byrd You won’t get five minutes into a conversation with Malachi Byrd, without hearing about Washington, D.C. An author, teacher, songwriter, and arts advocate from the district, Malachi believes superpowers exist in creative writing. An African-American Studies graduate from Princeton University, MalPractice gets his name from his commitment to mastering his crafts, and staying ready so he never has to get ready. If you follow performing arts in D.C., you’ve probably seen Practice rapping, laughing, and hugging everyone in the room. He often asks, art is made of healing properties, so why not use them.

Anthony Oakes Hailing from North Carolina, Anthony D. Oakes is a District of Columbia resident who is taking comedy on the east coast by storm. His clean, yet edgy, southern, intellectual, witty humor will have you reeling with laughter. Performance cities include: Atlanta, New York, LA, Chicago, Virginia, Maryland, and DC. He has graced the stages of The Broadway, The Westside, and The Greenwich Village Comedy Clubs, in New York City. You can catch him locally at: The DC Drafthouse, The Bier Baron Comedy Loft, The Wonderland Ballroom, and Busboys and Poets. He also produces several comedy shows in the DMV area. Anthony currently host a radio show every Thursday at WLVS Radio called, Thursday Night Tea with Anthony, and can be found on all social media outlets.

Glo Shines Glo Shines is a poet, emcee, host and supplier of vibes. Hip -Hopper since a toddler, Glo composed her first raps at the age of 4. Poetry and spoken word came many years later. As a performer she brings an intangible energy that engages and informs her audience. She was a featured at such national venues as Nicolas Bookstore in Brooklyn, Tuesday Verses in Richmond, VA and Wednesday Verses, Honfleur Gallery, Big Chief, Ivy City Smokehouse in Washington, DC, and the renowned Apache Café in Atlanta, GA. She has also featured and hosted at several notable venues in Hampton Roads Virginia: including the Chrysler Museum, The Harrison Opera House, Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Downing Gross Community Center, The Funny Bone and the Newsome House. In 2016, Glo Shines had the privilege of being the opening act for the legendary Dick Gregory. She has performed for and worked with the public school systems of Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. She has also worked with various charities including Parents against bullying, the Boys and Girls Club, and Teens with a Purpose.

Dwayne B Dwayne B! aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a homegrown DC native poet, activist, break-dancer, and fashion designer. He is one of the hosts of DC’s longest running open mic series, Spit Dat, as well as a member of the Busboys and Poets hosting team for the 5th & K location.

In addition to featured readings at every Busboys and Poets location, SAGAfest Iceland 2015, Spirits and Lyrics NYC and Manassas, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and the C2EA “We Can End AIDS” march, Dwayne’s short form poetry prowess led him to win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). His work to increase HIV awareness through spoken-word garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and The Washington Post.

Ultimately, his goal is to force his audience to feel. He tends to meet goals. When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.

 

Carlynn Newhouse Carlynn Newhouse is a poet, educator, emcee, and performer. She is an Adobe Creativity Scholar attending Howard University, a National YoungArts Finalist, and ranked 4th in the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured on platforms such as Button Poetry, The Seattle Globalist, the Kennedy Center, and more. Her deep love for poetry and arts education is only matched by her commitment to social justice, youth empowerment, as well as personal and collective healing. Newhouse believes poetry is a form of activism and a tool for raising awareness in hopes of making the world a safer space.