Featured Poet

“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 29

Lizard Slam Team Give Thanks

2015 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team
2015 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team

Harlym 1two5
1Two5 remains very well known in the New York City area in slam poetry circles. Known as Harlym 125, He was a
frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions in New York and beyond. 125 has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined a team of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally.
125 has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity. Several times in the last couple of years, Harlym has been called to local high schools, colleges and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after racial incidents have happened. Known for his work, Harlym 1Two5 is often asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or
conditions. Appearing at dozens of college campuses every year. He is the “HUMAN HIGHLIGHT OF POETRY AND EDU-ACTIVISM.”

Neiel Israel
Neiel Israel is an internationally acclaimed poet, vocalist, performer and arts educator. Emerging from the Boston spoken-word scene, she quickly distinguished herself as a powerful, and lyrical poetic voice. With her captivating voice she became a member of the Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team 2011-2015; as well as the Lizard Lounge Representative for 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Neiel has a B.A. in English, and graduated with honors, from University of Massachusetts Boston. As an international teaching artist, Neiel leads workshops and classes in creative writing for colleges, universities, schools, community, and art programs.

Kwene Cedes
Tru Kwene is a Spoken Word Poet born and raised in Boston, Ma. She has been seriously writing poetry since she was a senior in high school and performing for about a year now getting her first feature performance in July of 2014. Since that time she has made it all the way to final stage at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, Nm and hopes to do well in August when she goes to the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, Ca with the Lizard Lounge Slam Team. You can find Kwene in Boston, trying her hardest to support all of the local venues, but if you have any questions or comments you can email her at: trukwene@gmail.com for any more information. Also get at her on Facebook to keep up with what she’s doing! Like Tru Kwene for updates on everything that Kwene does poetically.

Cole Rodriguez
Nicole Rodriguez, known to most as Cole, is a Boston native. Although she has been writing since adolescence, it’s been only two years since she endeavored spoken word.

A mother, sister, friend, writer, teacher, activist, and lover of rhyme, Cole’s poetic work is a reflection of her life experience and vehement desire to tell the truth out loud. Constantly striving to move minds, her raw delivery has captured audience’s attention as a performer at the Nuyorican Cafe, Harvard University and Critical Breakdown, Boston’s only all-ages hip hop event. She has featured for Soulkore and BloodSkinLand Productions, The Providence Black Repertory Company and performed as a part of Rhode Island’s annual Sound Session. Currently, she is a member of Boston’s Lizard Lounge Slam Team. Having competed in the 2008 National Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC, she heads to West Palm, FL in August to represent the team again. Passionate about working with young people, she performs regularly at community events and conducts workshops for schools in the Greater Boston area. Cole is currently at work on her first book. She loves to dance salsa, is an avid Celtics fan and a beast in the kitchen.

Rudy Rudacious
Rudy Rudacious started acting at age 17 when his 11th grade English teacher Trish Botkin introduced him to Mixed Magic’s former artistic director Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, a relationship that Rudy credits with saving his life!

For Mixed Magic, Rudy has performed in MOBY DICK: Then & Now, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Fences, and Jesus Hopped The A Train.Other performances include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (CCRI Players) and Etymology of Bird (Black Rep). Rudy has also graced the stages of Company One in Boston as a part of their touring Poetry/Theater troupeARTiculation.

As a spoken word artist, Rudy has traveled and performed nationally in every setting you can think of! Today, Rudy Rudacious is focused on building his brand to have a stronger online presence and seeks unconventional theater and poetry crowds that may also appreciate his unique style of writing and performing.

Fans of battle rap often recognize him from skits such as “Battle Rap Fans Be Like” where he played a fanatic of Super Top Tier battle rapper Charlie Clips. Most notably, Rudy was in an actual battle; he played a Drill Sergeant in Rhode Island’s own Couture’s 3rd round vs. Official from New Orleans. The battle grossed well over 400,000 views on YouTube and was reposted on Hip Hop icon Snoop Dogg’s personal Instagram page.
“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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