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Saturday, November 23, 2019
10 am to 4 pm
Fountain Street Church

Join us at Grand Rapid’s largest poetry showcase for some unapologetic poetry performances. This year’s lineup includes nationally renown poets, local youth poets, and some of Michigan’s most talented spoken word poets, like Mia Monet, Great Dane, Jocelyn Barnes, Joseph Harris, Amanda Small, and Kyd Kane.

This year we are celebrating poetry and uplifting marginalized voices through themes of toxic masculinity, mental health, and being Black in America. DJ SuperDre will be the featured DJ, and all proceeds will benefit nonprofit The Diatribe.



Rudy Francisco

One of the most recognized names in Spoken Word Poetry and California native, Rudy Francisco.

Ebony Stewart

Texas international touring performing artist and slam poet, Ebony Stewart.

Britteney Black Rose Kapri

Chicago’s pro-black, pro-queer, poet and teaching artist, Britteney Black Rose Kapri.
TW: gun violence

Floor Seats – $25
Balcony Seats – $15
VIP (Front 3 Rows + Meet & Greet) – $50



Workshop 1 | 10:00 am-11:00 am
Workshop 2 | 10:00 am-11:00 am
Workshop 3 | 10:00 am-11:00 am
12:00 pm-1:00 pm | VIP Meet and Greet (Reserved for VIP ticket holders, Sponsors, and Diatribe Students).
1:00 pm | Event program: Includes special videos, area youth poets, and local artists.
2:45 pm | Ebony Stewart & Bee “Black Rose” Kapri
3:15 pm | Rudy Francisco
4:00 pm | Event Concludes


The Grand Showcase Workshops


Workshop 1: Financial Capabilities for Creatives

Make Your Money Count
Managing Your Money Workshop presented by HSBC

Learn Steps to Achieving Your Financial Dreams
Setting Financial Goals
Assessing Your Current Situation
Creating a Spending/Saving Plan
Paying off a Debt
Adapting as Life Changes

Location: Fountain Street Church
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
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Presenter: Ray Johnson, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

Ray Johnson, VP of HNAH Corporate Sustainability since May 2008. Ray is currently responsible for HSBC’s Corporate Sustainability Future Skills strategy, which includes nonprofit and HSBC employee engagement in workforce development, employability, and financial capability programs.

He joined HSBC in 1983 and has held positions in branch sales, collections, mortgage underwriting, customer service, and marketing.

In addition to his focus on a 35+ year career with HSBC, Ray has been involved in his community through a nonprofit board or community service with the United Way, Oak Park (IL) Area Lesbian & Gay Association, The Conference Board, and as a New York City Participatory Budget delegate.

Ray also completed three terms as an elected official, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Oak Park, IL from 2003 through 2014.

Ray has been recognized with HSBCs Premier Manager, CEO, Diversity Ambassador, and Culture Hero awards.

Workshop 2: They Say

Writing Loved Ones Back into Existence.
Destigmatizing grief through writing by. T. Miller

A workshop that confronts the stigmas responsible for us not saying the names of the loved ones that we lost. Through a discussion and writing prompt, we learn to say their names and write out loved ones back into existence.

Location: Fountain Street Church
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
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Presenter: Natasha T. Miller (Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Host, and Nationally Touring Artist).

Natasha T Miller is a Detroit, MI native, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit.” Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national sprite commercial, a Shinola CNN ad, and she is a Women of the World Poetry Slam 3-time- top five finalist. She has awed audiences across the world at more than a hundred universities, and venues, performing in stadiums for as many as thirty thousand people. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Entrepreneur Magazine, and many more. Natasha currently tours the world using her words to enlighten, create equality, and most importantly spread truth, and forgiveness in the tradition of so many great leaders before her.

Workshop 3: You Are Not a Before

Finding Ways to Break Through Self-hate.
A body positivity workshop by Jocelyn Barnes.

This workshop will focus on finding ways to break the cycle of self-hate, boost our ability to appreciate our bodies, and combat negative self-talk. We will cover topics ranging from the body-positive movement, “before and after” diet culture, and building up unconditional self-worth. Come with an open heart, and leave with a more grounded sense that all bodies are good bodies, including our own.

Location: Fountain Street Church
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
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Presenter: Jocelyn Barnes (Diatribe Teaching Artist)

Jocelyn is a passionate spoken word artist who uses her voice as a way to find healing through self-reflection, as a catalyst for activism, and as a means for reclaiming autonomy. She is a member of Sunrise Movement in Grand Rapids, a teaching artist with the Diatribe, and she’s the current holder of the Drunken Retort’s “Soul of the Show” trophy. She’s all about community and finding joy in local art. Her main goal in life is to empower those without the ability to do so themselves, and to always give as much love to herself as she gives to others.

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