Writer/performer/humorist, J.W. Basilo, is equal parts poignant and perverse, hilarious and heart-wrenching. His raucous performances and uncanny charisma have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought-after and compelling spoken word artists working today. His work has appeared on NPR, in the Chicago Tribune, and in hundreds of theaters, dive bars, schools and comedy clubs across North America. His one man dramedy, No One Can Fix You, debuted in 2009 to rave reviews in Chicago, Seattle, and New York City. As a competitor, Basilo was a finalist at the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam, finished 2nd at the 2009 National Underground Poetry Individual Championship, and has represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam four times. To date, he has released two full-length albums, Poet Laureate of Apt. 2E (2006) and Love Crimes, Etc. (2007), the chapbook, I Dare You to Believe This and is Writer in Residence at Chicago’s Real Talk Ave. All things considered, he’s doing pretty well for a guy who failed Creative Writing in high school.
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam
The doors open at 7:30 pm every Sunday and we start with our "Poetry Slam." The "Featured Poet" will start roughly at 9:00 pm accompanied by the Jeff Robinson Trio. After the Featured Poet, we have our "Open Mic" also accompanied by the Jeff Robinson Trio. There's $7 cover charge at the door, and the Lizard Lounge is a 21+ venue.
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Support the Slam Team
We are the 2017 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team and we're headed to Denver CO for the National Poetry Slam in August. We are raising funds to help pay the expenses of the tournament.