Free Verse Poetry Festival Presents:
A Part of the Free Verse Poetry Festival
Wed · October 24, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pmCharleston Music Hall
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Still grieving after the murder of her boyfriend, hairdresser Justice (Janet Jackson) writes poetry to deal with the pain of her loss. Unable to get to Oakland to attend a convention because of her broken-down car, Justice gets a lift with her friend, Iesha (Regina King) and Iesha's postal worker boyfriend, Chicago (Joe Torry). Along for the ride is Chicago's co-worker, Lucky (Tupac Shakur), to whom Justice grows close after some initial problems. But is she ready to open her heart again?
The festival’s calendar of events will occur during one week in the fall - October 17-24. Poetry as public art, pop-up dinners and poetry workshops will also happen and will be spread throughout the month of October.
The second year of Free Verse includes several highlights, including a student poetry slam at The Gaillard Center (presented by The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative) on Oct 20; a student poetry showcase, Show and Tell Your Truth, at the Charleston Museum on Oct. 21; a poetry party at the Schoolhouse on Oct. 19 (featuring O’Miami creator and poet P. Scott Cunningham); award-winning poet Marlanda Dekine at Frothy Beard on Oct. 23 and the film Poetic Justice at the Charleston Music Hall on Oct. 24.
The anchor night of Free Verse will happen on Oct. 20 at Memminger Auditorium. That night will feature celebrated Trinidadian poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, award-winning New York slam poet Mike Rosen and Jacksonville, Fl. poet Tyquan Morton. Following the reading, there will be an afterparty in the Memminger courtyard.
About Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, New York, Cheryl is the founder and curator of The Calypso Muse Reading Series and The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series.
She is the mother of the late Malik Taylor (aka Phife Dawg) from the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Her fourth collection of poetry, Arrival, was published by Northwestern University Press and was reviewed by the New York Times.
A graduate of Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program, her poetry has been widely published in literary journals such as: Callaloo, Caribbean Erotica, So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets, Adrienne, Bowery Women’s Poetry, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Mom Egg Review and Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.
Boyce-Taylor was a finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, the winner of the 2015 Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award
About Mike Rosen
Mental health advocate and spoken word artist Mike Rosen weaves spoken word with music on his new album Might As Well Dance (Timber Mouse Publishing, 2018).
In addition to performances at The Whitney Museum, Yale University and across India, Rosen has twice finished in the Top 10 at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, was a Grand Slam Finalist at Rustbelt Regional Slam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Urbana Poetry Slam and Intangible Slam. He was named Best Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam. The former coach of the Wesleyan University slam team and Events Curator for Atlas Review, Mike’s work has been published in UpWorthy, Write About Now, Button Poetry, Chronogram and Insight.
About Free Verse
Free Verse, Charleston’s poetry festival, was created by the city’s poet laureate, Marcus Amaker. The mission is of the festival is to uplift the community by providing eclectic poetry events and workshops at multiple venues in Charleston. Last year’s festival featured more than 20 events spread out in October, 2017.
Free Verse is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the City of Charleston’s poet laureate.
To find out more about Free Verse, visit http://www.freeversefestival.com or call (843) 724-7305.
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403