“Whether they’re the fierce undercurrent of a poet’s musings or simply jammin’ on their own, the Jeff Robinson Trio exhibit a power and confidence that flirts with perfection.” Patricia Smith
Lizard Queen Challenge &
The Boston Poetry Slam Team
Sunday, July 27 at the Lizard Lounge is our last challenge to the throne for the slam season. Two Lizard Queens will battle it out to be the Royal Poet of the Lizard Lounge. Present Lizard Queen Janae Johnson will fight it out with former Lizard Queen Porsha Olayiwola! My Lizard! This is a serious NorthBeast challenge here. Godzilla vs Mothra for sure! You got to come see this.
Black, dyke, poet, lover hip-hop feminist, womanist friend, Porsha Olayiwola is a performance artist who believes in pixie dust and second chances. A resident of Boston, by way of Chicago, Porsha O is runner-up of 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of the current Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team. Her intention is to speak, love, and maintain a cypher that is undocumented, uncontrollable and just plain ole dope. (P.S. I’m also a teaching artist who loves the young folks)
Janae Johnson is an artist, educator, coach, and lover of all things Stevie Wonder. Both her words and her flaws make her beautiful and every day she thrives to become a more creative, loving, conscious and well-rounded human being. Janae does not have a chapbook. Or a CD. Or a fan webpage. But she does have a collection of poetry inspired by the voices in her soul that will make laugh, smile, cry, and applaud endlessly.
Janae is currently the Lizard Queen; a two-time member of the Lizard Lounge slam team; Coach & Advisor of the Simmons College (Speaks) Slam Team; and a true advocate for love.
Boston Poetry Slam Team (Cantab)
The Boston Poetry Slam was founded in 1991 by Michael Brown and Patricia Smith. Michael and Patricia imported the poetry slam directly from its birthplace, the Green Mill in Chicago. In 2004, Simone Beaubien became the sole SlamMaster of the venue.
The core Boston Poetry Slam show runs at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. every Wednesday night, giving poets a chance to share their work in the open mic or slam and featuring a headlining poet or theme slam.
“The Lizard Lounge is the Blue Note of spoken word. Backed up by The Jeff Robinson Trio, my words felt held, or rather anointed, in the garb of jazz, which, of course, they were. I cannot wait until I can get back!” Award winning poet Taylor Mali