MICA’s Office of Diversity and Student Activities Office have partnered together to present our 1st Annual Poetry Open Mic & Thanksgiving Food Drive! Happening November 17th @ 6:30pm in Gateway BBox, we are hosting an Open Mic night that centers on POC and Queer identities. The night will be filled with FREE FOOD from Taste this and Land of Kush, an Open Mic list *SIGN UPS BELOW AND @ THE EVENT, and special performances by:
Mecca “meccamorphosis” Verdell is a Teaching artist for Dewmore Baltimore who’s performed in venues like busboys and poets, and the Kennedy Center where she won Brave New Voices in 2016, became the college LTAB slam champion in 2017, southern fried regional champion of 2017. She’s also the creator and host of “SoapBOX Poetry open mics, and helps provides free spaces for young artists. The organization is dedicated to nationally connect youth poetry scenes, and give a bigger platform for youth artist. She is currently the literary ambassador of Baltimore where she uses art and activism to bring the community together.
Amir Khadar is a Queer Black Multidisciplinary artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their writing and visual art practice functions as an outlet for authentic self-expression, and healing. They are currently studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art, with an intended major in Animation.
Mohamed Tall is Baltimore City's current Youth Poet Laureate and the 2016 Grand Slam champion. He is a former Baltimore City Poet Ambassador, as well as the 2 time Muslim Interscholastic Tournament spoken word champion. Mohamed has opened up for various entertainers such as Native Deen, the National Poet Laureate and Congressman Elijah Cummings. Traveling around the country on a Social Justice Poetry tour is one of the many feats he has achieved, as well as performing at various venues throughout the country such as the John's Hopkins Health Symposium on the Prison Industrial Complex, and the annual ICNA convention that took place at the Baltimore City Convention Center in front of thousands of people. In the summer of 2015 Mohamed was one of the 6 members of Baltimore's Youth Poetry team that competed at Brave New Voices and is ranked as one of the top 10 youth poetry teams in the country. In the fall of 2015 Mohamed began working for a nonprofit organization known as "Dewmore Baltimore" which aims to tackle social justice issues through poetry. In the fall he acts as a teaching artist in Baltimore city middle schools. A current Political Science major, with a minor in African American studies at Morgan State University, Mohamed now plans to utilize the abilities he's mastered along with the education he is receiving to help establish poetry workshops in different masajid across the America to help further the level of consciousness in his community. Mohamed believes that art is at the forefront of every revolution.
And the one and only Uni Q. MIcal on the MC!!!
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
BBOX: The Gateway
1601 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA