Sep
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

It's our first ever Lip Sync Slam!

So X has been asking for this show for ages and here we are: it's the Lip Sync Slam.  You can use your favorite song or poem on YouTube and go to town.  The limit is your imagination...or 3:30!

And, as always, the Open Mic is in full-effect for the night!

So come out and enjoy yourselves just a bit with some poets.

7pm doors open and the poetry begins at 7:30pm.  $2 suggested donation in person or here on the website under the "donate" tab!

See you at Yellow Cab Tavern Sunday night!

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Aug
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

It our anniversary Slam!

Dear friends...today is our 18th birthday!  Yeah!  We can officially register for the draft...join the military...but the slam still can't officially drink yet.  : (

But that doesn't mean we can't have a blast!  We're going old school tonight with a traditional Slam.  3 minutes with a 10 second grace period; no props or musical accompaniment, and no costumes (Yellow Cab Tavern also reminds me that we still have a strict no-nudity clause, as well).  Your own work and the winner takes home an old-school Slam prize plus 2 poems published right here on our website!

AND THERE WILL BE CAKE AND PARTY HATS!

It all happens at Yellow Cab Tavern starting at 7pm! 

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Aug
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

We're saying goodbye to Nate in style!

SAY IT AIN'T SO...OH NO!!!!  But, it's true, Nate is leaving us for a short time to head off to Graduate School in PA.  But, that doesn't mean we can't send our friend off in style, does it?

So join us for a great and fun night as we say goodbye (for now) to our dear friend and one of the kindest poets who has come across our doorstep in some time!

7:00pm start and the entire dontation box goes to Nate (he'll need lots of coffee in Grad School!)

Nathan Tipton is best known to you for his work on potentially nothing…  Buuuut! If you have seen this weird photo face-morph kiosk looking combo of Bill Nye and Ellen DeGeneres across Ohio, he was most likely reading poetry in a bow tie trying to help people love themselves. Oooor!  He was playing guitar to help facilitate good vibes in an art show, wedding, or open mic. He received a BS in Physics and a Minor in Music from Wright State University in the spring of 2017, and is attending Penn State University for a Masters in Acoustics to help him explore the field of sound. He actually does enjoy long walks on the beach even though he’s only been there a handful of times, and he wrote this in third person which did feel weirdly masturbatory.

Nathan Tipton is best known to you for his work on potentially nothing…  Buuuut! If you have seen this weird photo face-morph kiosk looking combo of Bill Nye and Ellen DeGeneres across Ohio, he was most likely reading poetry in a bow tie trying to help people love themselves. Oooor!  He was playing guitar to help facilitate good vibes in an art show, wedding, or open mic. He received a BS in Physics and a Minor in Music from Wright State University in the spring of 2017, and is attending Penn State University for a Masters in Acoustics to help him explore the field of sound. He actually does enjoy long walks on the beach even though he’s only been there a handful of times, and he wrote this in third person which did feel weirdly masturbatory.

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Jul
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

A double feature present for you with D Colin and M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T.

Well folks, no slam this month as we have a rare opportunity for two fantastic poets who happen to be traveling through the area!  The Open Mic will be restricted for time sake so get there early for a chance to read!  Doors open at 7 and the poetry starts at 7:30 SHARP!

So who are our guests you may ask...

Tarishi M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Shuler   Tarishi Shuler is an artist who goes by the name M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T.  His pseudonym is an acronym which stands for Messiah Is Dominant Now Inspired GOD Helps Tarishi. Tarishi being his birth name is Swahili for messenger. He was raised by the three most important women in his life, his Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother. These three women were the ones that shaped him into the person he is today. Having all of these ingredients and most importantly the main element in his life GOD, has brought M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. to this junction on his journey. Tarishi uses art to tell his and other people stories through spoken word. Poetry has giving him the opportunity to meet new people and learn in the process.  Tarishi Shuler is a native of New Haven, CT. He now resides in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and won various poetry slams across the country including the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, The Nuyorican Café in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yale University, New Haven, CT, The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge where he won the title of Lizard King, MA, Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, CA and many more. He has won the Yale Peabody MLK & Zannette Lewis Invitational Slam in 2017 & 2016, and McDonald's McCafe Poetry Slam in NYC in 2016, 2013, 2012 & 2010.  He was the Slammaster of the CT National Poetry Slam Team Verbal Slap in 2016. He has won the title of CT Grandslam Champion in 2016, 2012 & 2011He has competed every year at the National Poetry Slam since 2011 and has opened for very notable individuals such as Saul Williams, Grammy nominated Neo-Soul Artist Dwele, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, and former US President Bill Clinton. His work has been featured on Russell Simmons All Def Poetry in 2016 and he also won 3rd place on the World's Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.   Besides doing art, Tarishi has previously worked for Love 146. A non-profit organization that advocates against human trafficking & child sex exploitation. Now he works for the Discovery Center. A non-profit, diversity and antiracism training program serving elementary and middle school's throughout Connecticut while still living in Brooklyn, NY.

Tarishi M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Shuler

 

Tarishi Shuler is an artist who goes by the name M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T.  His pseudonym is an acronym which stands for Messiah Is Dominant Now Inspired GOD Helps Tarishi. Tarishi being his birth name is Swahili for messenger. He was raised by the three most important women in his life, his Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother. These three women were the ones that shaped him into the person he is today. Having all of these ingredients and most importantly the main element in his life GOD, has brought M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. to this junction on his journey. Tarishi uses art to tell his and other people stories through spoken word. Poetry has giving him the opportunity to meet new people and learn in the process. 


Tarishi Shuler is a native of New Haven, CT. He now resides in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and won various poetry slams across the country including the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, The Nuyorican Café in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yale University, New Haven, CT, The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge where he won the title of Lizard King, MA, Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, CA and many more. He has won the Yale Peabody MLK & Zannette Lewis Invitational Slam in 2017 & 2016, and McDonald's McCafe Poetry Slam in NYC in 2016, 2013, 2012 & 2010.  He was the Slammaster of the CT National Poetry Slam Team Verbal Slap in 2016. He has won the title of CT Grandslam Champion in 2016, 2012 & 2011He has competed every year at the National Poetry Slam since 2011 and has opened for very notable individuals such as Saul Williams, Grammy nominated Neo-Soul Artist Dwele, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, and former US President Bill Clinton. His work has been featured on Russell Simmons All Def Poetry in 2016 and he also won 3rd place on the World's Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.

 

Besides doing art, Tarishi has previously worked for Love 146. A non-profit organization that advocates against human trafficking & child sex exploitation. Now he works for the Discovery Center. A non-profit, diversity and antiracism training program serving elementary and middle school's throughout Connecticut while still living in Brooklyn, NY.

D. Colin   Danielle Colin has  been writing poetry since she was 11 years old.  For most of her teenage years, poetry was more of a personal outlet and shared with others on rare occasions. In college, she started writing more seriously as well as reading and performing her poetry more often. As an undergraduate, she majored in English with a concentration in African American literature and creative writing. She went on to pursue a Masters in English and Masters in Africana Studies concentrating in African American literature and creative writing.  D. Colin self published her first collection of poems and prose in 2015.  It is entitled Dreaming in Kreyol and is an homage to her Haitian heritage and history.    Originally from Bridgeport, CT, Danielle Colin is a published poet, educator and performer currently residing in Troy, NY. Performing with her abbreviated name, D. Colin has shared her work at many venues including the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and Busboys and Poets. Since 2010 she has been the featured poet at venues in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington D.C. Internationally, she has been the featured poet in London, England, Glasgow, Scotland and Toronto, Ontario Canada. She has competed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam two years in a row and is currently ranked 35 out of 96 women from around the country and overseas. D. Colin won first place at the QEW Slam with the Nitty Gritty Slam Team in 2017 and competed with the inaugural Nitty Gritty Slam Team team at the National Poetry Slam in 2012.    In 2014, she started and ran a poetry reading series called “Between the Lines” and currently she curates a weekly poetry/spoken word series called “Poetic Vibe” at Troy Kitchen that has featured poets from all over the east coast and mid-Atlantic.

D. Colin

 

Danielle Colin has  been writing poetry since she was 11 years old.  For most of her teenage years, poetry was more of a personal outlet and shared with others on rare occasions. In college, she started writing more seriously as well as reading and performing her poetry more often. As an undergraduate, she majored in English with a concentration in African American literature and creative writing. She went on to pursue a Masters in English and Masters in Africana Studies concentrating in African American literature and creative writing.  D. Colin self published her first collection of poems and prose in 2015.  It is entitled Dreaming in Kreyol and is an homage to her Haitian heritage and history. 

 

Originally from Bridgeport, CT, Danielle Colin is a published poet, educator and performer currently residing in Troy, NY. Performing with her abbreviated name, D. Colin has shared her work at many venues including the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and Busboys and Poets. Since 2010 she has been the featured poet at venues in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington D.C. Internationally, she has been the featured poet in London, England, Glasgow, Scotland and Toronto, Ontario Canada. She has competed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam two years in a row and is currently ranked 35 out of 96 women from around the country and overseas. D. Colin won first place at the QEW Slam with the Nitty Gritty Slam Team in 2017 and competed with the inaugural Nitty Gritty Slam Team team at the National Poetry Slam in 2012. 

 

In 2014, she started and ran a poetry reading series called “Between the Lines” and currently she curates a weekly poetry/spoken word series called “Poetic Vibe” at Troy Kitchen that has featured poets from all over the east coast and mid-Atlantic.

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Jul
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Double Feature July part 1!

We're taking a month off of Slamming in July and bringing you two great features and we're kicking things off with an new friend from Louisville, KY: B. Shatter!  His high-energy poetry has been lighting us up lately and we can't wait to see what he does with a full feature!  The doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30!  The open mic is also in full effect!

Brandon "B. Shatter" Harrison is a spoken word artist and educator currently located in Louisville, KY. When not debating the possibilities of literature?s most revered characters being persons of color or somewhere lost on an anime binge, B. Shatter can be found actively engaging in the booming arts scenes around the country performing on numerous stages. More than your average poet, B. Shatter has found a way to take his early slam career training from Texas to new and amazing heights in making a name for himself. He is the creator and host of Kentucky?s largest yearly poetry competition the ?Winter Soul-Spit Slam,?coaches the youth team known as the Young Poets of Louisville, regularly teaches Street Academy, a literacy program for fourth and fifth grade black boys all while continuing to host a variety of slams and nationwide events.

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Jun
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

The June Slam: A cover slam!

June is here and it's time to relax and kick-back!  This Month, we're going to have a little fun with the Slam.  Do your own poem...do your favorite song...or do someone else's poem!  Just make sure it's under 3:10!

The open mic is also in effect and it all goes down at Yellow Cab Tavern for the reasonable price of $2!

See you there!

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Jun
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

An intimate evening with Jason Baldinger and our open mic!

Hey there folks, we have another great feature coming in for your poetic bliss: Jason Baldinger!

As always, the poetry starts at 7:30pm with an open mic and Jason starts half-way through the list!  All for $2 at Yellow Cab Tavern!

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country, and wrote a few books, the latest of which, Fragments of a Rainy Season, will be available through Six Gallery Press later this year. A recent list of publishing credits include: Uppagus, Anti Heroin Chic, In-between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Nerve Cowboy, Winedrunk Sidewalk and Lilliput Review. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.  

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country, and wrote a few books, the latest of which, Fragments of a Rainy Season, will be available through Six Gallery Press later this year. A recent list of publishing credits include: UppagusAnti Heroin ChicIn-between HangoversYour One Phone CallNerve Cowboy, Winedrunk Sidewalk and Lilliput Review. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.

 

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May
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

It's the May Slam

It's the May Slam, ladies and gents!  Come on out to test your literary prowess and potentially walk away with $100 dollars!

Of course there will be an open mic, as well, for you to test out those new pieces or just to get your voice heard in front of our always loving crowd!  Come out and enjoy some Slam Family time!

Doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30 on the dot!  All of this for a reasonable $2 in the box at Yellow Cab Tavern!

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May
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

HuntorPrey returns to DPS!

It's been a minute since this immensely talented poet graced our stage and with a new EP out, it's more than time!  Ladies and Gents, for only $2, we present HUNTORPREY!

You may recognize Ohio artist HuntorPrey from his 2013 debut, “The Motion Sound Picture”, a breakthrough project filled with cinematic stories of blue collar living inspired by his time living in Cincinnati as well as native Toledo, Ohio. Since the release, not only has Hunter carved a name for himself in the midwest live performance and slam circuits, he’s become an inspiring and necessary voice and activist in his local community; from assisting in support to the Flint Water Crisis to speaking at local BLM protests. On December 16th, HuntorPrey will return to his craft with the release of his newest project, the riveting “Running Man” EP, produced entirely by Ill Poetic, via Definition Music.. “This EP is an intimate view of the city I grew up in (Toledo) and the community that raised me, The Junction. From there, the record branches out to the macro issues we’ve been facing as a (people/country/etc) these past few years. I want this project to feel closer to the listener. So it’s very lyric-centered. The music is stripped down and the scope is a mix of both hip-hop and spoken word.” HuntorPrey’s “Running Man” will be available on all streaming and purchasing platforms with physical product and performances to be announced shortly. Pre-Order “Running Man” HERE. Enjoy our first release from the EP, “Cornerstore (Acoustic)” featuring CJ the Cynic & Charles Foster.

You may recognize Ohio artist HuntorPrey from his 2013 debut, “The Motion Sound Picture”, a breakthrough project filled with cinematic stories of blue collar living inspired by his time living in Cincinnati as well as native Toledo, Ohio. Since the release, not only has Hunter carved a name for himself in the midwest live performance and slam circuits, he’s become an inspiring and necessary voice and activist in his local community; from assisting in support to the Flint Water Crisis to speaking at local BLM protests. On December 16th, HuntorPrey will return to his craft with the release of his newest project, the riveting “Running Man” EP, produced entirely by Ill Poetic, via Definition Music.. “This EP is an intimate view of the city I grew up in (Toledo) and the community that raised me, The Junction. From there, the record branches out to the macro issues we’ve been facing as a (people/country/etc) these past few years. I want this project to feel closer to the listener. So it’s very lyric-centered. The music is stripped down and the scope is a mix of both hip-hop and spoken word.” HuntorPrey’s “Running Man” will be available on all streaming and purchasing platforms with physical product and performances to be announced shortly. Pre-Order “Running Man” HERE. Enjoy our first release from the EP, “Cornerstore (Acoustic)” featuring CJ the Cynic & Charles Foster.

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Apr
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

The April Slam

It's the April Slam, ladies and gents!  Come on out to test your literary prowess and potentially walk away with $100 dollars!

Of course there will be an open mic, as well, for you to test out those new pieces or just to get your voice heard in front of our always loving crowd!  Come out and enjoy some Slam Family time!

Doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30 on the dot!  All of this for a reasonable $2 in the box at Yellow Cab Tavern!

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Apr
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kwynn is coming home and a #freemybars party!

Another amazing Chicago poet is coming through the area and it's a bit of a homecoming, as well!  Kwynn is returning to Dayton to rock our mics and it's a chance for those of you who have been online with the #freemybars open mic on Twitter to read on a real stage!

As always, the doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30pm

Kwyn Townsend Riley is a writer who wants to write the wrongs of the world. From the Southside of Chicago, Kwyn channels her everyday experiences into her art. Most of her work focuses on prominent social justice issues such as systemic racism, sexism and gun violence. She is a celebrated poet, playwright, writer and leader. In her undergraduate career at the University of Dayton, she was recognized as a leader for social justice. She was awarded the Nancy M Bramlage Award for 2016 and Visionary Leadership Award in 2015. Her play “UNNOTICED” was produced at the University of Dayton for the Whitebox Theatre Festival, Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Kwyn truly lives her life according to Psalms 46: 5 “God is within her, she will not fail”. Her poetry has been featured in Huffington Post, Blavity, and ForHarriet. Currently Kwyn is back at her home in Chicago as a freelance writer. Make sure to check out her blog at kwynology.weebly.com and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at kwynology.

Kwyn Townsend Riley is a writer who wants to write the wrongs of the world. From the Southside of Chicago, Kwyn channels her everyday experiences into her art. Most of her work focuses on prominent social justice issues such as systemic racism, sexism and gun violence. She is a celebrated poet, playwright, writer and leader. In her undergraduate career at the University of Dayton, she was recognized as a leader for social justice. She was awarded the Nancy M Bramlage Award for 2016 and Visionary Leadership Award in 2015. Her play “UNNOTICED” was produced at the University of Dayton for the Whitebox Theatre Festival, Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Kwyn truly lives her life according to Psalms 46: 5 “God is within her, she will not fail”. Her poetry has been featured in Huffington Post, Blavity, and ForHarriet. Currently Kwyn is back at her home in Chicago as a freelance writer. Make sure to check out her blog at kwynology.weebly.com and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at kwynology.

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Mar
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

The March Slam!

It's the March Slam, ladies and gents!  Come on out to test your literary prowess and potentially walk away with $100 dollars!

Of course there will be an open mic, as well, for you to test out those new pieces or just to get your voice heard in front of our always loving crowd!  Come out and enjoy some Slam Family time!

Doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30 on the dot!  All of this for a reasonable $2 in the box at Yellow Cab Tavern!

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

University of Dayton's LitFest!

The annual Gala of all things writing is going on at the University of Dayton this weekend!  Free Workshops, featured readers, an open mic and a Slam worth $250 and a lot of bragging rights!

All of the events will be held at McGinnis Hall this year, right off of Irving St.

More information to come!

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Mar
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

An intimate evening with Billy Tuggle!

Our March feature is a truly magnificent poet, musician, and just a kick-ass guy in general: Billy Tuggle!  This is one of those features that you WILL kick yourself for missing folks!

Sunday March 5th at Yellow Cab Tavern.  Doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts promptly at 7:30!

 

Billy Tuggle is a South Side Chicago native; a vocalist, performance poet, mentor and teaching artist. His involvement with HipHop and poetry slam has led him to perform and present his craft in schools, museums and cafes across North America. His work has also circulated widely on the internet via Button Poetry and All Def Digital [Def Poetry] among other platforms. He has represented his home town a record 13 years running in major slam and won the 2015 National Head to Head Haiku Champion. Billy has shared stages with such luminous writers/performers as Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, DJ Spinna, Brother Ali, Psalm One, Aesop Rock, Nikki Patin, Rebel Diaz and Pugz Atoms; he is a co-founder of the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club; creator of the Haiku Battle Royal. Billy's most recent collection is the chapbook 'Incantation'.  

Billy Tuggle is a South Side Chicago native; a vocalist, performance poet, mentor and teaching artist. His involvement with HipHop and poetry slam has led him to perform and present his craft in schools, museums and cafes across North America. His work has also circulated widely on the internet via Button Poetry and All Def Digital [Def Poetry] among other platforms. He has represented his home town a record 13 years running in major slam and won the 2015 National Head to Head Haiku Champion.

Billy has shared stages with such luminous writers/performers as Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, DJ Spinna, Brother Ali, Psalm One, Aesop Rock, Nikki Patin, Rebel Diaz and Pugz Atoms; he is a co-founder of the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club; creator of the Haiku Battle Royal. Billy's most recent collection is the chapbook 'Incantation'.

 

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Feb
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Annual F$@k Valentine's Day Show!

For years now, we've had more than a bit of fun at our heart's expense...well, not our heart, but the stupid shit we do because of it!  Now it's our chance to get those feelings out!

Our famous Open Mic and a slam comprised entirely of Anti-Love poems!

The doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30pm sharp!  $2 donation at the door.

All at Yellow Cab Tavern 700 E. 4th St. in Downtown Dayton!

 

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Feb
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

A heartfelt night of poetry ft. Siri Imani

No matter what you're celebrating in the month of February, we all could use some amazing poetry!  This month, we're more than pleased to bring in a fantastic up-and-coming poet from Cincy: Siri Imani!

Doors open at 7pm; the poetry starts at 7:30 sharp and there's a $2 donation.

All at Yellow Cab Tavern 700 E. 4th St. in Downtown Dayton!

And now, a little about Siri Imani:

Siri Imani is quickly emerging as one of Cincinnati’s young, black voices. Her poetry is infused with hard truths,

tough love and visions of a better tomorrow.

Never has an artist been more open and honest on the stage than Siri Imani. She weaves together song and poetry

to tell powerful stories of love and liberation; state and personal violence; social/ environmental/racial and sexual

justice; woman’s empowerment and human transcendence.

She openly, poetically reflects on her life as a lesbian, black, inner city youth and former college athlete. Siri Imani

is a boundary-breaking soul sister who has sharpened her art as a tool for popular education, community

organizing and personal transcendence. She is a warrior woman writer not afraid to tell her personal truths and

making biting social commentary on the world we live in.

Siri Imani began writing poetry at the tender age of 10. She began performing poetry at the age of 14 opening for

spoken word legends The Last Poets at the University of Cincinnati. At 15 she became the youngest cast member

of Coochie Chronicles: The Spoken Word Stage Play. She has performed as a vocalist and violinist at the School for

Creative and Performing Arts, with the Cincinnati Pop’s Orchestra, and opened for Manhattan Transfer.

Siri Imani is an engaging host and workshop facilitator that seeks to challenge her attendees and foster

understanding, acceptance and dialogue with everyone she encounters.

As a social activist she has loaned her poetry and passion to Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ causes and events. She

volunteers her services at WordPlay helping youth find their voice and tell their stories. She has hosted many local

and college poetry slams and conducting poetry slam workshops and retreats to prepare poets for competition.

As a spoken word artist Siri Imani frequents several Cincinnati Open Mics, is a featured Speak artist performing

monthly at the Mockbee in Cincinnati, OH. She has also performed at the Greenwich, the University of Cincinnati,

Ohio University, Cincinnati Public Schools, Elementz Hip Hop Youth Center, WordPlay, Atlanta’s Apache and Porter

Sanford Theater.

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Jan
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

The January Slam!

The January Slam is upon us and we're going to twist things up just a little bit!

The best open mic poetry in the city of Dayton, welcome to all and shunning of none, the same hosts (we'll figure out who that night), and a standard-rules Slam; however, for those who have been Slamming with us in the past...you cannot do a poem that you've performed in the past 365 days!  That's right, we want NEW SHIT!

The Doors open up at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30 sharp!  $2 at the door and it all goes down at The Yellow Cab Tavern 700 E. 4th St. in Downtown Dayton!

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Jan
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

The New Year Kickoff with Fayce Hammond!

After a bit of a break, we're back in session with a fantastic feature: Fayce Hammond!

Come on out to the great poetry you've come to expect from the DPS as we give a voice to the voiceless!

The doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30 sharp!  $2 donation at Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th st. in Downtown Dayton.

And now...a little about Fayce:

ayce Hammond is a transplant to Columbus, Ohio from the West and thinks the Midwest should acquire some mountains. Their work has been published in The Fem Literary Magazine, ellipsis…, and Scribendi. They competed on two national poetry teams (Salt City Slam 2014, Writing Wrongs 2015), competed as the Writing Wrongs Individual World Poetry Slam representative in 2015, and co-founded the Columbus Queer Open Mic. They’re in the middle of their rebellious stage, which involves having marginally unpopular opinions of Gone Girl and eating cookie dough instead of baking it. 

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Dec
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Anything Goes Slam!

Well, we're at the last show of the year!  Tonight, it's anything goes!  Read in the open mic and the slam, bring props, sing, get nak....wait, I'm being told that there is a no-nudity clause in place...but fuck that!  ANYTHING GOES!

Let's celebrate the end of the year with our last show of 2017!

7:00pm doors open and the poetry starts at 7:30 at Yellow Cab Tavern!  NO DOOR CHARGE FOR THIS NIGHT (our present to you!)!

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Dec
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Slam Prom

So to celebrate the end of a fantastic year here at the D.P.S., we decided to get a little fancy!  So tonight, dress-up to the 9's and break out your best prom dresses, tuxedos, or whatever you feel fancy in!

Team pieces will be given preference in the open mic, but we won't turn anyone away!

Also, we have a must-desired feature coming in: Nikki Allen!  She's a Dayton Poetry Slam Legend and a must-see!

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Nov
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

The sock puppet slam!

Well, it's the event that you've all been waiting for: The Sock Puppet Slam!

So, if you're a little unsure of what needs to happen for the slam, here it is: in order to read in the Slam (up to 3 rounds), you need to construct a sock puppet and your poem will be read through the puppet!  

The rules...umm...use a damn puppet and stay within 3:10!  That's about it!  We'll have a stage for you, as well!

And, if you're not sure about using a sock puppet, then we'll have our regular open mic, as well!

7:00pm the doors open at Yellow Cab Tavern and the poems start at 7:30 on the dot and all for a cost of $2!

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Nov
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

The November Open Mic with Alexis-Rueal

Holy crap, it's November...seriously?!  We've had a fantastic year and some really amazing features this year and we're finishing off the year right with the amazing Alexis-Rueal from Columbus!

We have our always stellar open mic and then our feature this Sunday, Oct. 6th!

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30 at Yellow Cab Tavern 700 E. 4th street in the Historic Oregon District!

And now, who is this mystery woman:

Alexis-Rueal has been poeting in Columbus since 2011. In that time, she has authored two chapbooks. been published in online and print journals, competed at the National Poetry Slam with Writers' Block Poetry Night, and published her first full collection, "I Speak Hick." When she's not writing or hosting the Second Friday Fete open mic. she studies ballroom dance and hangs out with her husband, three cats, and a goldendoodle.

Alexis-Rueal has been poeting in Columbus since 2011. In that time, she has authored two chapbooks. been published in online and print journals, competed at the National Poetry Slam with Writers' Block Poetry Night, and published her first full collection, "I Speak Hick." When she's not writing or hosting the Second Friday Fete open mic. she studies ballroom dance and hangs out with her husband, three cats, and a goldendoodle.

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Oct
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Cover/Song Lyric Slam tonight!

Tonight we're having a little fun and breaking out of the mold and giving people a chance to share their favorite poems!  It's the Song Lyric or Cover Poem Slam!  The same rules apply: 3:10 on the clock and no props, but everything else is on the table!  Do your own poem, do someone else's, do someone else's poem who is in the room!  Read off your favorite lyrics, as well...just remember that the clock is ticking!

Also, our famous and all-inclusive open mic is in effect tonight!  Anyone can jump on and share their words, you just have to sign up on the list!

Doors open at 7pm tonight at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St. in Dayton!

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Sep
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Cap of Ladyfest Weekend Open Mic Night Featuring Rachel Wiley!

Hey folks,

After all of our birthday fun last month, we're getting back to basics: kick ass open mic poetry and an amazing feature!

This month is no different where we're featuring one of the most prominent female poets in the nation: Rachel Wiley!  You CANNOT miss this show!

Doors open at 7pm and the poetry starts at 7:30pm with a $2 admission charge!

Rachel Wiley is a poet, performer and body positive activist from Columbus, Ohio. She is on staff at Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam   Rachel has competed in multiple National Poetry Slam Competitions and was a finalist twice in 2011.  She has toured nationally performing at Slam Venues, Colleges and Festivals including the 2014 Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival  in Newark, NJ. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post ,Everyday Feminism ,Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and Nailed Magazine. Rachel's first full length collection of poems Fat Girl Finishing School was published on Timber Mouse Press.

Rachel Wiley is a poet, performer and body positive activist from Columbus, Ohio.
She is on staff at Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam
 
Rachel has competed in multiple National Poetry Slam Competitions and was a finalist twice in 2011.  She has toured nationally performing at Slam Venues, Colleges and Festivals including the 2014 Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival  in Newark, NJ.

Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post ,Everyday Feminism ,Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and Nailed Magazine.

Rachel's first full length collection of poems Fat Girl Finishing School was published on Timber Mouse Press.

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Aug
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

The 2nd Dayton Poetry Slam 17th anniversary show!

It was so much fun, we're doing it again folks!  Since this show will mark our actual calendar birthday, we're going to have another night of open mic, legends showcase, and a slam!

This time around, we've confirmed at least three legends who will be in attendance and maybe more will show up!

The founder of the Dayton Slam: Bill Abbott!

One of the first ladies of the Dayton Slam: Nikki Allen

And the former "Most Dangerous Poet in Dayton": Doug Jerome!

Plus a slam with vintage prizes and it's also Link's anniversary as Slammaster so feel free to throw things at him!  And there will be cake!

See you at Yellow Cab Tavern on Sunday night!  Doors open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 7:30pm with a $2 suggested donation!

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Aug
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

The first Dayton Poetry Slam Anniversary show!

Hey folks,

Well, we've been off for a few weeks and it's time to get kicked back into full gear!  This month is the Dayton Poetry Slam's 17 anniversary and it's time to party!

We've reached out to some of our most influential poets from the past and many of them are coming back for the next two shows...just how many?  Well, that's changing every-day!

For this Sunday it's, Lane Martin, Cherokee, Tim Stephens, and several other surprise guests!

Of course there will be the open mic and a slam with classic prizes this month!  Oh, and did I mention cake?!  All of this for $5 for the entire month people it's the best value in the city!

It all goes down at 7pm at Yellow Cab Tavern on E. 4th St. in the historic Oregon District!

CAKE!!!!! 

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Jul
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

The First ever Dayton Anti-Slam

Well folks, here we are after a very long hiatus...bringing you something brand new and never before seen in the Dayton Metro Area: the Anti-Slam!  Think golf scores...the lowest scoring poet wins!

Three rounds of bad poetry with rules just like the slam!

See you there at Yellow Cab Sunday Night!

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Jun
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

June show and Siaara Freeman feature!

Hey folks, instead of our regular Slam this month, we're bringing in a wonderful feature from out of the area for you to enjoy!

One of the top female slam poets in the country: Siaara Freeman and she's making a rare stop here in Dayton! 

Also, we're holding a special water drive for Flint, Michigan during the show!  So bring your water jugs, sleeves of bottled water, etc. and those will be donated to the Red Cross for Flint (yes, they still need water up there)!  And a huge thanks to Bree for putting this together!

7pm at Yellow Cab 700 e. 4th st!

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Jun
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

June is for Hot Shit open mic and Bradley K Meyer Feature!

This Sunday we're back at Yellow Cab Tavern doing what we do best...giving the voiceless a microphone and telling them to start spitting the truth!

It's open mic poetry night and we're fixing up some Hot Shit!  Bring your A-game because we want to melt the mic by the end!

Also, we're featuring a local author with some amazing words of his own: Bradley K Meyer!

'Bradley K Meyer writes from Dayton, Ohio. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in decomP, DASH, Toad, Superstition Review, Rust+Moth & elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, Hotel Room (Vostok East Press, 2013). He edits Pouch Magazine which lives at www.pouchmag.com -- His favorite animals in descending order are: opossum, deer, damselfly, whirligig beetle & tardigrade. More stuff at www.bradleykmeyer.com'

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