Manual Cinema Preshow Event: We Are Each Other’s Harvest

Friday, January 24, 2020, 6:30pm

Education Center

FREE with show ticket; registration recommended

Windows Series Preshow Event
We Are Each Other’s Harvest: A Gathering of Poets

6:30–7:30pm in Music Center Education Room 402

Join us as before Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks for an exploration of DC’s grassroots poetry scene.

While Brooks was based in and wrote powerfully about her hometown of Chicago, her influence and inspiration reached to DC and lives among us now. Scholar and poet Kim Roberts opens with a brief historical lecture about three African American women who were forces for community-building among poets in DC: Gwendolyn Brooks, May Miller, and Georgia Douglas Johnson. These women created salons for poets to gather, hear one another’s work, and share ideas. This nurturing and collaborative spirit thrives today in a constellation of DC-area poetry spaces, including Busboys and Poets, the Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Spit Dat poetry slam, Words Beats and Life, and Split This Rock.

Following the lecture, Dwayne B, founder and co-host of Spit Dat, hosts a reading with local poets Morgan Butler, Brandon Douglas, and Marjan Naderi.

Seating for this event limited, and advance registration is highly recommended. Access to the preshow event is free with a Manual Cinema show ticket.

Please be sure to have your show ticket with you when checking in. Seats will only be available to those who have registered until 6:20pm, at which point remaining seats will be released to those in the standby line.


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About the Speakers and Poets

Kim RobertsLecturer Kim Roberts is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Authors from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, 2018), and editor of two poetry anthologies, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010), and a forthcoming anthology of early poets of Washington, DC (University of Virginia Press, 2021). She is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017). With Dan Vera, she co-curates the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes, sponsored by HumanitiesDC. Kim is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in- residence at 18 artist colonies




Dwayne BPoetry Reading Curator and Emcee Dwayne B!, aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a DC native poet, activist, breakdancer, and CEO of Crochet Kingpin, LLC. He is one of the hosts of DC’s longest running open mic series, Spit Dat, as well as host captain for the Busboys and Poets 450K location. In addition to featured readings at every Busboys and Poets location, SAGAfest Iceland 2015, Spirits and Lyrics NYC and Manassas, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and the C2EA We Can End AIDS march, Dwayne’s short form poetry prowess led him to win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). His work to increase HIV awareness through spoken-word garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBC America, the Discovery Channel, and the Washington Post. Ultimately, his goal is to make his audience feel. When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on Metro making scarves and hats or singing karaoke.



Morgan ButlerPoet Morgan Butler (she/he/they) is a creator, conjurer, and curator from and working in Washington, DC. Their personal pedagogy is based in radical healing justice, with practices rooted in art therapy, creative writing, energy work, and community/cooperative based accountability systems. They are a 2018 Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, 2x Harvard University AOCC Facilitator, TEDx Speaker and is currently serving as a 2019–2021 Future Corps Fellow for Youth Speaks and Poetry Programs Director for Words Beats and Life.




Brandon DouglasPoet Brandon Douglas is from Washington, DC and began writing when he was 12 after discovering his ability to write raps. Through his teenage years, poetry and hip hop became one in his mind as tools of self-expression. Since then, he has been on the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, opened for the late Gil Scott Heron, and performed at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Kennedy Center, Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Phillips Collection, and South African State Theatre. A poet, rapper, teacher, and actor, Brandon has been a production team member with City at Peace DC for 4 years, using theater arts to teach cross-cultural dialogue and nonviolent conflict resolution. He facilitates writing, performance, and social justice workshops, and as a teaching artist organizes and coaches high school poetry clubs in DC with Split This Rock. With his artistry, he works to guide others toward positivity. He is constantly working to grow as an artist as well as a person, and he details this journey through spoken word in an honest way so that others may be moved to do the same. He hosts Open Mic Night every first Tuesday at Busboys and Poets Anacostia.



Marjan NaderiPoet Marjan Naderi, DC’s Youth Poet Laureate, holds five Grand Slam Champion titles: Library of Congress 2018 National Book Festival Poetry Slam Champion, two-time national Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) Spoken Word Winner, 2018 NoVA Invitational Slam Champion, and the 2019 DC Youth Slam Finals Slam Champion. While being on the 2018 and 2019 DC Youth Slam Team, Marjan was featured in the Washington Post and NowThisHer. As the first Muslim American and Afghan woman to be announced as the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival Poetry Champion, Marjan has spoken and performed all over the globe with listeners from Canada to Trinidad and the United States to Britain. As a member of the DC Poetry Slam Team, Marjan has also performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, National Building Museum, Afghan Embassy, Washington Post headquarters, and the Canadian Center of Parliament.

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