Sep
2
7:30 PM19:30

Fundraiser night for Y's trip to San Diego!

So we've selected our representative to the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships; however, we have to help get him there!  So, we're putting on a fundraiser.  Y will be the feature of the night, we'll have other surprises, AND ALL PROCEEDS OF THE NIGHT GO TO HIM, so we're bumping the door charge to $5.00 for tonight!

Come on out and support Y to help get him to San Diego!

 Y the Poet is an active duty member of the military. A poet who currently resides in Dayton, OH. Has been apart of the poetry and artist scene here for about a year or so. Has become apart of our DPS family a fan favorite. Competed in multiple slams. He will be representing Dayton Poetry Slam in San Diego, CA in October. He also has a poetry book that can be purchased on Amazon. This show is to help send him to Individual World Slam this year. So please come out and enjoy what this talented poet has to say.

Y the Poet is an active duty member of the military. A poet who currently resides in Dayton, OH. Has been apart of the poetry and artist scene here for about a year or so. Has become apart of our DPS family a fan favorite. Competed in multiple slams. He will be representing Dayton Poetry Slam in San Diego, CA in October. He also has a poetry book that can be purchased on Amazon. This show is to help send him to Individual World Slam this year. So please come out and enjoy what this talented poet has to say.

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Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

An intimate evening with Alyesha Wise!!!!

Every now and again, a poet comes through and blesses our stage with a level of dazzling that you'll feel it for months...THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS!

Alyesha Wise is going to be our feature tonight and you DO NOT want to miss this show.

Our famous open mic is in full effect and all of this happens at Yellow Cab Tavern for the low low price of $2!

   The author of   Carnival   (NOT A CULT media), Alyesha Wise is a poet, teaching artist & TEDx speaker from Camden, N.J. Alyesha currently resides in Los Angeles, Ca and is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement (S.L.A.M.) - an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. Alyesha is currently the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team head coach and served as the Los Angeles (Get Lit) Youth Slam Team co-coach from 2014-2017. A 2014 Hollywood grand slam champion, she is also a 4-time member of the Hollywood Slam Team & a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist. Alyesha has been featured on different platforms and publications such as Huffington Post, Bustle, Afropunk, WHYY, POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed and more. Some relatively recent highlights include - an artistic collaboration with Codeblack Films, Brave New Films and a feature in the Google Interstellar Project, in conjunction with the hit film   Interstellar  . Co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, wrote to Alyesha, “In all, you are awesome.”

The author of Carnival (NOT A CULT media), Alyesha Wise is a poet, teaching artist & TEDx speaker from Camden, N.J. Alyesha currently resides in Los Angeles, Ca and is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement (S.L.A.M.) - an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. Alyesha is currently the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team head coach and served as the Los Angeles (Get Lit) Youth Slam Team co-coach from 2014-2017. A 2014 Hollywood grand slam champion, she is also a 4-time member of the Hollywood Slam Team & a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist. Alyesha has been featured on different platforms and publications such as Huffington Post, Bustle, Afropunk, WHYY, POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed and more. Some relatively recent highlights include - an artistic collaboration with Codeblack Films, Brave New Films and a feature in the Google Interstellar Project, in conjunction with the hit film Interstellar. Co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, wrote to Alyesha, “In all, you are awesome.”

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Aug
19
7:30 PM19:30

It's Quiet Storm's Book Debut Tonight!

Tonight, we're allowing one of our own to shine!  Quiet Storm has published her first book, so we're letting her take center stage!  And, of course, our wonderful Open Mic!  All for an unheard of $2!

See you tonight at Yellow Cab Tavern!

 Breanna McGowan is a poetry/spoken word artist residing in Dayton, OH. She has been writing for a couple of years now and is looking forward to what poetry will expand into in growing years to come. She is a caregiver at heart. Her job fuels her passion for poetry in spaces such as open mics, features, workshops, and traveling events. She is here to share her words with the world. Poetry is the vehicle, she's just along for the ride.

Breanna McGowan is a poetry/spoken word artist residing in Dayton, OH. She has been writing for a couple of years now and is looking forward to what poetry will expand into in growing years to come. She is a caregiver at heart. Her job fuels her passion for poetry in spaces such as open mics, features, workshops, and traveling events. She is here to share her words with the world. Poetry is the vehicle, she's just along for the ride.

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Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

It's our First GRAND SLAM in over 10 years!

Oh you read that right folks, we're going to be sending 1 lucky poet to San Diego to participate in the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships for the first time ever and this is the first time we've sent ANY poet to a large event to the first time since 2006!

Watch as:

Leroy Bean, Mariah, Y, Belle Townsend, and Kimea compete in three rounds to determine the winner.

Here's how it works, the first 2 rounds, everyone is in!  The final round, we drop to 2 poets and the winner goes onto San Diego in early October.

We'll need all of you to root them on!  There will also be a limited open mic, but the main event is the Slam tonight!

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Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

July Double-Header part 2!

We're finishing out the month of July as strong as we can, with some fire from Columbus in the form of: J Dontah!  Also, an EXTREMELY LIMITED  open mic and the LAST CHANCE SLAM to get into the iWPS Grand Slam August 5th!  And all of this for only $2.00!

 A newbie to performing but no stranger to the art scene, J. Dontah is a creative residing in Columbus, Oh. Self identified as “Nosey by Nature,” J. Dontah is driven by an innate curiosity and desire to understand others. With Empathy at the core of her art, she hopes that people feel seen as a result of her work. She strongly believes that , “You are the only one who owns your story”, so she tells her own and merely offers an interpretation of others.  J.Dontah  is also a member of Seventh Draft Poetry Family in Columbus.

A newbie to performing but no stranger to the art scene, J. Dontah is a creative residing in Columbus, Oh. Self identified as “Nosey by Nature,” J. Dontah is driven by an innate curiosity and desire to understand others. With Empathy at the core of her art, she hopes that people feel seen as a result of her work. She strongly believes that , “You are the only one who owns your story”, so she tells her own and merely offers an interpretation of others. J.Dontah is also a member of Seventh Draft Poetry Family in Columbus.

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Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Our first of the July Double Features: Adrienne Nadeau

Well, folks, as per the annual tradition: we have 2 features in the month of July!  The first feature is from the great city of Chicago: Adrienne Nadeu!  She'll be featuring and, as always, we'll have our amazing open mic all for $2.00 at the door!

 Over the past decade ADRIENNE NADEAU has facilitated workshops and performed poetry at theaters, schools, prisons, summer camps, coffee shops, bookstores, and bars. ADRIENNE has toured internationally, gracing stages in Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Paris … Although she can usually be found cursing at the snow, playing cribbage, and writing in Chicago dive bars. She has represented her city at the National Poetry Slam (Mental Graffiti 2011, Lethal Poetry 2013), Southern Fried (Lethal Poetry 2012), and slayed slams in her own right. Currently, her work can be found in The Legendary, Button Poetry and in her chapbook “Haters on the Train Won’t Stop Me from Wearing Mini Dresses & Listening to Trap Music.”      

Over the past decade
ADRIENNE NADEAU has
facilitated workshops and
performed poetry at theaters,
schools, prisons, summer
camps, coffee shops,
bookstores, and bars.
ADRIENNE has toured
internationally, gracing stages
in Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne,
and Paris … Although she can
usually be found cursing at the
snow, playing cribbage, and
writing in Chicago dive bars.
She has represented her city at
the National Poetry Slam
(Mental Graffiti 2011, Lethal
Poetry 2013), Southern Fried
(Lethal Poetry 2012), and
slayed slams in her own right.
Currently, her work can be
found in The Legendary,
Button Poetry and in her
chapbook “Haters on the Train
Won’t Stop Me from Wearing
Mini Dresses & Listening to
Trap Music.”

 

 

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Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

The June Slam!

We're going to be doing something that we've never tried before...stay tuned...you'll know what it is as soon as we do!

But it'll be going down at Yellow Cab Tavern, there will be our famous Open Mic, and it'll be $2.

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Jun
3
7:30 PM19:30

Our June feature is positively Lyric!

Our booking team has done it again, they're bringing you an amazing talent just for your enjoyment: Lyric Kantrail!  This is one of those poets that you need to take Monday off from work just to recover!

Plus, our famous open mic will have you convulsing with poetic power!  All of this is going down at Yellow Cab Tavern and all for the low low price of $2!

Sign up starts at 7 and the poetry starts at 7:30!  See you there!

 At the age of eleven, LaMyra McGee picked up her pen with the intent of venting her frustrations. From the moment her pen touched the paper, LyricKantrail was born. Born and raised in Louisiana, she inherited her love of words from her mother who is also a poet.   Lyric has been performing spoken word for over a decade and has been featured on stages all over the world from Texas to South Korea. Her poetry commands the attention of her audience with a passion that is simply unparalleled. After taking a hiatus from writing for the last few years, Lyric has come back home to the stage in 2018 ready to reintroduce herself to the world.    

At the age of eleven, LaMyra McGee picked up her pen with the intent of venting her frustrations. From the moment her pen touched the paper, LyricKantrail was born. Born and raised in Louisiana, she inherited her love of words from her mother who is also a poet. 

Lyric has been performing spoken word for over a decade and has been featured on stages all over the world from Texas to South Korea. Her poetry commands the attention of her audience with a passion that is simply unparalleled. After taking a hiatus from writing for the last few years, Lyric has come back home to the stage in 2018 ready to reintroduce herself to the world. 

 

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May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Knock the rust off...it's a SLAM night!

Well, we've been off for a month and it's time to break in those new poems you've been working on!

We have a Slam and we have our famous Open Mic, so grab those poems and head on out to Yellow Cab Tavern!  Sign up starts at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm all for the low low price of $2.00!

As always, the winner of the slam takes home $100!

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Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

April showers brings a really awesome SLAM!

Ahh, April is moving right along and it's time again for our Monthly Slam!  The Winner takes home a cool $100 and you never know who is going to show up!

As always, there's our famous open mic and it all happens at Yellow Cab Tavern for the low low price of $2.00!

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30.  Be there on-time to ensure a spot to read!

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Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Get away from the family with our Nonsense Show!

Yes, we will be having a fun time on Easter Night/April Fools Day (no joke!)!  In fact, we're bringing in a rare talent that goes by the name of The Nonsense Man!

And, of course, we'll have our famous open mic all for the reasonable price of $2.00!

As always, we'll see you at Yellow Cab Tavern on the 1st!

 The Nonsense Man (Zackery Winchester) is on a lifelong quest to make this world a little weirder & less serious through several modes of communication including poetry, music, comedy & a singing, dancing magical turtle named Fraktyl who lives within us all. It is the sacred task of a Nonsense Man to remind us all of something too often forgotten. What that is..?   I don't know.

The Nonsense Man (Zackery Winchester) is on a lifelong quest to make this world a little weirder & less serious through several modes of communication including poetry, music, comedy & a singing, dancing magical turtle named Fraktyl who lives within us all. It is the sacred task of a Nonsense Man to remind us all of something too often forgotten. What that is..? 

I don't know.

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Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

PROPHESSOR X FEATURES TONIGHT!!!

This year Dayton Poetry Slam is bringing March in like a lion with our hometown feature Prophessor X. We'll kick the evening off with a round of open mic, and close it the same way. In between. Prophessor X will shout the whispers of a nation.

Cleavon “Prophessor X” Matthews Jr, is a native of Memphis, TN; now residing in Dayton, OH is a Writer, Poet, Performer, and Public Speaker allowing his Gifts to Inspire a generation to Rise and Grab Freedom, by staking their claim for individuality in a time of clones. X is a member of Underdog Academy and co-host of Dayton Poetry Slam. Fulfilling his purpose to help restore the Faith shattered by the lies of Past Generations that have been pushed through Modern Society; Utilizing, Literature, History, Philosophy, Popular Culture, among a variety of other subjects, to relay messages of Love and Truth. Offering priceless Healing Mending the Hearts of Generations to come.

Doors/Signups: 7pm (get there early, the signup slots have been going fast recently)
Show Starts: 7:30pm

Don't forget we'll be passing the donation bin around, half of everything in there goes to our feature!

We may also have a few other surprises up our sleeves, find out later this week.

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Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic and Slam!

Oh you know that it's going down and it's gonna be FUN!  It's the event our show is named after: the Dayton Poetry Slam!

Your poems, no props, no music...just the power of your words and performance!

$100 to the winner!

Before the Slam, a limited Open Mic as well!

All of this for $2 (that's so reasonable!) either by cash or by card or on our website under the donate tab!

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Jan
7
7:00 PM19:00

Let's kick off this year fucking right, with Barbara Fant!!!

We had an amazing 2017, so let's kick this year off properly with an amazing feature: Barbara Fant!  Also, we'll have our awesome Open Mic!

$2 at the door (cash or card) or anytime under the Donate Tab!

 Barbara Fant, originally from Youngstown, Ohio is a minister, poet, and artist facilitator. She received her bachelor of art degree in English Literature and Language Arts in 2010 and her Masters of Theological Studies in 2012. She is a former employee of the Huckleberry House and of Art for a Child’s Safe America, working in shelters, correctional facilities, and elementary schools teaching art as a form of healing. She is a member of  Transit Arts ,  ArtFluential  of REACH communications,  Is Said and the Advance Party , and has also been a regular performer on the radio show  Street Soldiers . Commissioned by The Columbus Foundation, her poem  “Today, Beginning Again,”  written for Columbus’s Bicentennial year, can be found in  Revealed: Columbus, The Story of Us . Her first poetry collection,  Paint, Inside Out  was released in April 2010 from Penmanship Books of New York City when she was awarded The Cora Craig Award for Young Women Authors. Additionally, she is the author of two chapbooks,  RibCaged  and  Them Brilliant Suns , both released in March of 2017. She has been on four National Poetry slam teams from Columbus and has represented the city in five Individual National and World Poetry slam competitions. She placed 8th out of 96 poets in the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She currently works at The Columbus Foundation as the Nonprofit Outreach Administrator and is an MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles. Barbara considers poetry her ministry.

Barbara Fant, originally from Youngstown, Ohio is a minister, poet, and artist facilitator. She received her bachelor of art degree in English Literature and Language Arts in 2010 and her Masters of Theological Studies in 2012. She is a former employee of the Huckleberry House and of Art for a Child’s Safe America, working in shelters, correctional facilities, and elementary schools teaching art as a form of healing. She is a member of Transit Arts, ArtFluential of REACH communications, Is Said and the Advance Party, and has also been a regular performer on the radio show Street Soldiers. Commissioned by The Columbus Foundation, her poem “Today, Beginning Again,” written for Columbus’s Bicentennial year, can be found in Revealed: Columbus, The Story of Us. Her first poetry collection, Paint, Inside Out was released in April 2010 from Penmanship Books of New York City when she was awarded The Cora Craig Award for Young Women Authors. Additionally, she is the author of two chapbooks, RibCaged and Them Brilliant Suns, both released in March of 2017. She has been on four National Poetry slam teams from Columbus and has represented the city in five Individual National and World Poetry slam competitions. She placed 8th out of 96 poets in the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She currently works at The Columbus Foundation as the Nonprofit Outreach Administrator and is an MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles. Barbara considers poetry her ministry.

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Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Paulie Lipman feature and Open Mic!

You know what, we all have those lists of people we'd love to meet and talk poetry with...well, Johnathon gets his wish this month with the first, last, and ONLY poet he's ever wanted to bring to our stage: Paulie Lipman!

Paulie is an old friend and a phenomenal poet!  Mark this one down, folks, it's gonna be a great night!

 Paulie Lipman is a former bartender/bouncer/record store employee/Renaissance Fair worker/two time National Poetry Slam finalist and a current loud Jewish/Queer/ poet/writer/performer. His work has appeared in the anthology ‘We Will Be Shelter’ (Write Bloody Publishing) as well as The Emerson Review, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Voicemail Poems, pressure gauge, and Prisma (Zeitblatt Fur Text & Sprache).

Paulie Lipman is a former bartender/bouncer/record store employee/Renaissance Fair worker/two time National Poetry Slam finalist and a current loud Jewish/Queer/ poet/writer/performer. His work has appeared in the anthology ‘We Will Be Shelter’ (Write Bloody Publishing) as well as The Emerson Review, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Voicemail Poems, pressure gauge, and Prisma (Zeitblatt Fur Text & Sprache).

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:30 PM19:30

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
7:30 PM19:30

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
7:30 PM19:30

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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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