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“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


November 2

Janae Johnson

Janae Johnson
Janae Johnson

Janae Johnson is a slam poet who resides in Roxbury, MA but hails from Sacramento, CA.  She was a member and Grand Slam Champion of the 2014 Boston Poetry Slam Team and a two-time member Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team. Janae ranked 5th out of 72 poets at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Competition in 2014 in Austin, TX and is completely (and utterly) in-love with Stevie Wonder music.

When she is not poet-ing, Janae works in intercollegiate athletics; coaches and advises the Simmons College “Speaks” Slam team and she is a co-slammaster and co-host of “The House Slam” poetry venue in Dudley Square.

“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

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