POETRY FEATURE: CLINT SMITH is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS). Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland and served as a public health worker in Soweto, South Africa. In 2013, Mr. Smith was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and is profiled in the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” (Welcome Books, 2013). As a poet, he is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Finalist, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State conducting international workshops on cross-cultural understanding and youth empowerment. His poetry has been featured on TED.com, Upworthy, TVOne’s Verses & Flow and at the IB Conference of the Americas, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Clint earned a BA in English from Davidson College and is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public School System. He enjoys wool socks, burritos, and 3v3 pickup soccer – not necessarily all at the same time.
BONUS RUCKUS: THE WE STOLE THIS FROM WRITE BLOODY OLYMPICS & EVEN THOUGH IT’S DANGEROUS & KINDA DUMB, EAT SALTINES & SPIT A HAIKU! CHALLENGE – Our feature is super smart! So we thought we’d balance the show with a little stupid! nuff said? well maybe not! come get high(er) blood pressure and see tiny cracker crumbs spew forth on a mic covered with protection! Be the best at stuffing up to 10 saltines in your mouth and delivering an original haiku that is still audible and understandable to at least some of the members of our audience! Winner gets a prize and a drink to wash that mess down! Mess I say! Check out incredibly poet ANIS MOJGANI rock this challenge years ago and see what we’re going for! We’re going for it! USA! USA! U! ME! WE! S-A!!!!!!
MATT & THE BASTARDS! (now with lady trumpet player Melissa!) will be back at it adding those all important musical notes to our evening! Visual Arts up for grabs! Find AARON WHITE and let him know! Congrats to BOBBY GIBBS who’s regained his footing as #1 contender for the IRON POET CROWN by getting past AEPEX POSITION who did well for a first time iron poet man! So many exciting new voices on the mic last week! Incredible snack from EMILEE!!! (apple rendered in duck fat panini ya’ll!) No metal show upstairs for the forseeable future, but plenty of metal in our rebel yawps! Step right up, then get down with us this week and get educated! YOSH & MIKEY appreciate the patronage! If this weather keeps up, we may even be outside again! Boom!