I Speak With Conviction
The rhythm of verse
Filled with passion and purpose
Expanding your mind
by Michelle Lynn Thompson 08/10/2012
After five years of hearing about all of the exciting activities that are hosted by this venue, I finally experienced an open mic event at Busboys and Poets! There are four Busboys and Poets restaurants/bookstores in the Washington metropolitan area – two in Washington DC, one in Hyattsville, MD, and one in Shirlington, VA. I ventured out to The Village at Shirlington, VA to get a feel for the venue and experience this icon for myself.
It was my first time visiting The Village at Shirlington, an urban village, hosting an eclectic collection of restaurants and entertainment options, but quaint enough to be home to thousands of residents who enjoy the convenience of so many amenities just outside of their front door. I loved strolling through the neighborhood as I made my way to Busboys and Poets. The village has this rich, bohemian feel and I can easily see this becoming a favorite place for me to just BE!
I want to share an excerpt from Busboys and Poets website – there is no way that I can explain the essence of this venue any better.Busboys and Poets Tribal Statement Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted…a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul…a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide…we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.
Those of you who have gotten to know me, can understand why I felt instantly welcomed and at ease when I arrived. The ambiance was soulful and engaging. The place was full of energy and just had this amazing vibe that enticed all of my senses. I can see that I will be coming back to this location as often as possible.
This Monday Night Open Mic was hosted by Shelly Bell. She was absolutely AWESOME in creating a fun, energetic and welcoming atmosphere for poets of all levels and experiences. She encouraged the audience in being supportive of each artist that approached the stage. This was my sneak peek – I like to check things out before I step out there. I am planning to visit the other locations in the area and I am so looking forward to sharing some of my work at the next Open Mic Poetry event!
I have to share the history of the name “Busboys and Poets”. I am always intrigued about how things came to be. The website educates us by sharing that “the name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet.” Mr. Hughes would feel very, very welcomed at any of their locations and so will you. If you are in the Washington metropolitan area, make it a point to stop by the nearest Busboys and Poets for a meal, share a poem, hear a discussion – or just relax in the space and just be YOU!
Peace and Love,