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Come to our poetry open mic at Bossa in August! Bring your words or your favorite OPP (other people’s poetry). Let’s hear your poetical thoughts on our current state of affairs. Rhythmic therapy, anyone? See you there!

Tuesday, August 8 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Bossa Bistro + Lounge
2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The April open mic at Bossa was a doozy. We had a great turnout, both on the stage and in the audience, with new open mic-ers and some regular faves. Here are some highlights:

Zane spoofed our commanda-in-chief: winna, looza; money, fame, and powa; winna dominate, vermine conqua.

Luis asked us to have some patience for those who lack patience, spreading love even in the face of fascists.

Simon busted his rhymes on corporate social responsibility, creating value for society.

Jess spouted out her bullshit bullshit and jangled a jingle on who paid-politicians listen to.

Maps was stuck in the isolation of self-reflected tragedy–well, we call ourselves human.

Zoanna spoke of our sweet tattered souls, close together, swaying in rhythm…in the embrace we become tangled.

Keep those great rhymes and vibes coming! Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 9th, 7-9 PM at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW DC 20009.

GPI Activities in January, February, and March

We had our second-Tuesdsay open mics at Bossa in January, February, and March, and one even had a guest host. Thanks to all who help host and show up to share the stuff all the time! You are all inspiring. Here are just a few highlights from one those open mics:

Zane revealed his wintermind, bare within, and beneath lies the son of spring. He also lingered on absolute pleasure…the spark is restless, a prisoner mired in the hell of the doldrums…I feel it within, the inner spark.

Jess freestyled that she’s just a crazy girl, and added you plus me plus them equals we.

Dana read us part of his Augustus the Sissy, which you can see in full later this year:

We hope to see you out next month. Stay tuned for more GPI events this year!

Hi all! We’ll be marching around DC this weekend, Saturday January 21, 2017, to celebrate women and the issues that are important to them. We plan to meet up with our old pals in the Rhythm Worker’s Union during the march. They are resurrecting the Mother Drum Ship. Find their meetup information here: Later in the day, some of us will be at Split This Rock’s Speak Out at Woolly Mammoth Theater:

Hope to see you out and about!

We are still recovering from the elections but were out at Bossa to keep the poetry lamp burning in December. Some highlights:

The Poet with No Name is no longer confused by four lines–I move, I move for trapped black queens too tired to know what a nap means.

Zane shared what happens to a dream deferred…maybe it just unloads or maybe it explodes!

Mazha told us life is a game we play: Don’t give up, let’s give it one more shot.

Narayan asks have you see the moon last night? Shining through the barren trees, creates peace and closeness with the darness all around.

Jess poked fun at the web of free and the roam of the brave.

See you all out in 2017!

We had another great night at Bossa in November. Here are some highlights:

Jess was wrapped up in her own greatly wasting time or spending it well thinking about how to make the world better.

Chris preached the good fight for all the ANC to hear in sweetly spontaneous freestyle.

Courtney’s boyfriend is the cosmos, he’s with her all the time. Whenever she asks how I look? He says look inside.

Come share your stuff every second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 PM, at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW DC 20009.

Despite my inability to find my notes on our activities in August, September, and October, we were doing stuff! As always we were at Bossa every second Tuesday during those months. Some of those nights even had special guest hosts!

We also had a couple classic Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency lyrical ambushes on Dupont Circle! It was so interesting to hear the varied voices on the mic during this politically fired-up year, and poetry is a wonderfully revealing and healing way to express those opinions. We plan to do more outdoor open mics here and there next year, so check back here for blog-posted announcements.

If you are a poet who has open mic experience and has ever wanted to try hosting, talk to Jessica at the next GPI open mic and let her know you’d like to give it a shot. You could try it out as a co-host and perhaps later be called as a sub to take on a night of your own.

Hope to see you at our next event!

The DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency (GPI) Lyrical Ambush creates a space for artists to explore social justice, racism, campaign finance, international events, police brutality, war vs peace, corporate domination vs meaningful democracy, the “war on drugs,” and the misuse of fear to degrade civil liberties.

2016 is an unprecedented year in American politics and we KNOW this community is holding onto some bombs and fire – come kick it with us — guerrilla style at 3 Sunday Open Mics (Aug, Sept & Oct).

We welcome families with bubbles, sidewalk chalk and encourage kids to share the mic alongside seasoned artists and passerbys. Musicians, drummers, percussionists would add spice. A GPI Ambush includes whoever shows up to listen and share their truth.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 4:00-6:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:00-6:00pm
Sunday, October 23, 2016 4:00-6:00pm

Hey Guerrilla Poets!

Our friend Rica Madrid has been part of a march from NYC to DC to demand the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment into the US Constitution with performance artist Natalie White. #MarchForERA started on July 8 and will go to July 23, walking 250 miles over 16 days through cities like New Brunswick, Philadelphia, Newark Delaware, Baltimore, and eventually College Park and DC. Here’s how you can support them:

We are seeking talent for the event we are throwing at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville on July 22. I have been inviting folks to the event but may have missed some of you — please don’t hesitate to RSVP if you’d like to come! If you’d like to perform a poem, sing or speak words in the theme of feminism, equality, or anti-oppression, please be in touch with Amanda Krause (, our event coordinator.
Lastly we are marching from College Park Metro to the Capitol (basically straight down Rhode Island Ave; about 8 miles) for a rally at 2pm. This is our final event of the #MarchforERA and it’s likely to be our largest turnout. We invite noisemakers, chanting, voices, drums and all rabble-rousing to join us. It would mean a lot to me to see some of your beautiful faces there.

We were at Bossa in July, doing our GPI thing…open mic with all sorts of people rolling through and sharing what’s on their mind. Here are some highlights…

Jess saluted the web of the free and the roam of the brave.

Khadeejah reminded us to unwind, travel in your heart and mind, love a lot and sip a little wine…keep positive.

Zane hung out at a bar with all his characters…the Mad Hatter shootin’ back whiskey with Alice, Puff the Magic Dragon rippin’ off the roof and flaming his own cocktail.

Lacy versus the glass cage that she can’t see: you will break into a million pieces! Did you not see her necklace of skulls?!

Chris wants to sooth this burn…purification of hawkish behavior with fire from the sky.

Mouhamad wonders if for cheaper gas, would we sacrifice all of creation?

Come to the show and let us know what’s on your mind, next second Tuesday of the month at Bossa, 2463 18th St NW DC.

The DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency (GPI) is an anti-authoritarian, collaborative, pro-humanity artists' collective incorporating music, rhythm, spoken word, community and resistance.

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