New Open Mic! Fishbowl Poetry featuring Lee Knight, Jr. and Tshaka Campbell

Old Capitol Books is pleased to announce FISHBOWL POETRY, a new open mic right here at your local independent bookstore.FIshbowl September.pngEach FISHBOWL POETRY event will highlight a featured poet, and then will open up the space as an open mic.

Date: Sunday 30 September 2018
Time: Signups 1:30pm, readings begin at 2pm
Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

About the poets
Lee Knight Jr has been inspiring poetry slam stages since 2001. He has been a coach and member of eight national poetry slam teams, was awarded 4th place in the National Poetry Slam individual competition in 2006, and helped Team Berkeley and Team Palo Alto win group piece finals in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Beyond national borders, Lee has shared his poetry and perspectives on various international city stages throughout Germany, France, England, and Austria. His poetry is powerful, captivating and educational, empowering listeners to examine not only the world around them, but themselves. His words resonate with the listener long after his sojourn on the stage.

Tshaka Campbell was one of the 100 monkeys (#37) and does poetry to help speed up the process. It was said that he spat up Ethiopia while getting drunk with Thoth and Jesus. Once he read in a tabloid, that he and Crispus Attucks took the Underground Railroad to a house party in the Bronx and after 2 drinks, invented rap music.

Tshaka began writing poetry long before performing it in an attempt to find his own voice and point o view within the art form. As a performer, he is recognized as an accomplished artist internationally and performance accolades include not only being a member of the Nuyorican national poetry slam team and the Da Poetry Lounge (DPL) slam team, but also earning the Grand Champion title in San Francisco and Hollywood. In 2010, he was also honored with the UK Unsigned Artist award in poetry.

Tshaka has toured a number of US citing and across the globe, featuring at venues such as the legendary Apollo Theatre and the O2 in London and has authored three books of poetry and short stories.

He continues to be inspired by the struggle of life, the uncertainty of the universe and what it chooses to hand you. His wife and daughter show him the way daily, as well as so many authors and poets such as Octavia Butler, Ben Okri, Rumi, Baldwin, and countless others who spin language like silk.

Fishbowl Poetry is hosted and organized by Cynthia Bryant: cynthialanebryant@gmail.com

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