WHAT: The Nine on the Ninth Monthly Poetry Series featuring Cynthia Dewi Oka
WHEN: Saturday, November 9th, 2013 / Doors open between 8:15- 8:30pm. Show starts @ 9pm.
COST: As of January 15th 2012, all Busboys and Poets Poetry Events are now $5.00. You can now also purchase your poetry event wristbands online on the day of the event starting at 12:00am while supplies last, here . You can also purchase wristbands in person at the 14th &Vst location in the Teaching For Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore at 10:00am.
The limited open mic list opens between 8:30-8:45pm. So I suggest if you wish to get on the list, you may want to arrive at 8:15pm to get a good seat.
WHO: Cynthia Dewi Oka
WHERE: BusBoys And Poets in The Langston Room
2021 14th St NW (at the corner of 14th and Vst N.W.)
Washington DC 20009
Metro Accessible: Green Line/ Ust Cardozo stop
HOSTED BY: Busboys and Poets own former Poet-In-Residence Derrick Weston Brown
Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, I migrated to Canada with my family at the age of 10 and lived in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories, for the next 17 years before arriving in New Jersey. A survivor and former teen mom, it took me many years and convoluted paths before I found the courage to follow my calling as a poet.
My poems have appeared in publications across Canada and the US, including Kweli Journal, 580 Split, Briarpatch Magazine, Borderline Poetry, Zocalo Poets, Generations Literary Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Ozone Park Journal, JMWW Magazine and Terrain.org (forthcoming). My essays have been published in Briarpatch Magazine and Leftturn: the Global Intifada.
Poetry saved my life. Now, I write to salvage what has been condemned and broken beyond repair, to recover what is lost of my (our) humanity; I write for illumination and healing.
The Nine On The Ninth is a now legendary monthly poetry series that debuted back in October 2005. It’s a feature driven format, which means, the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. We do this to make sure you get the full effect of each and every specially selected feature we bring to the Langston Room stage, and we’ve had plenty; From Def Poetry Jam’s, Tara Betts, Bassey Ikpi, Roger Bonair-Agard and Regie Cabico, to award winning poets such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Browning, to rare visits by Grammy nominated artists Chrystylez Bacon and Carolyn Malachi.
Immediately following the feature we hold a 10 to 15 minute nine question interview and audience Q&A with the artist that we call the BluePrint Sessions, before we finally slip into the limited open mic to close out the event. Thus you get a full show and have your appetite for people and poetry satisfied. Now then…
Where do you need to be on Saturday Evening evening, November 9th, 2013?