Berklee College of Music is proud to launch the first college-wide Poetry Jam and Slam. This event is hosted by Liberal Arts Department associate professor Michael Heyman and showcases the emerging Berklee slam poetry all-stars as well as a guest feature artist, internationally acclaimed poet Regie Gibson, performing spoken word with his trio of Robert Rivera (bassist/cellist), Todd Brunel (bass clarinetist), and Grant Smith (drummer). The evening will begin with an open mic, followed by Regie Gibson, and end with the big event, Berklee’s first-ever poetry slam. Leave your beret and bongos behind, and be prepared for the exuberant, genre-defying, political, personal, raucous, and powerful punch of the modern performance poetry movement.
Regie Gibson is an internationally acclaimed poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator, whose poetry appears in Storms Beneath the Skin (EM Press 2000). He has worked with Gwendolyn Brooks, the Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Fareed Haque, Kurt Vonnegut, David Amram, and many other artists in a host of musical genres.
Michael Heyman is an associate professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee, where he teaches courses on children’s literature, music for children, poetics, multicultural literature, and performance poetry. He is a scholar and writer of literary nonsense and children’s literature and is the head editor of the groundbreaking and best-selling, The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense (Penguin 2007).