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Spoken Word / House / Acoustic Spoken Soul Alexandria, VA  US
Kick Rocks
Kick Rocks
Sexual Gluttony
Sexual Gluttony
America The Beauty
America The Beauty
Don't Get Me
Don't Get Me


  • Mon

    May 25

    Arlington, VA, US | 8:00pm

    A Busboys and Poetry Event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. Hosted by Shelly Bell, featuring a different intriguing poet each month!

  • Mon

    Apr 27

    Arlington, VA, US | 8:00pm

    A Busboys and Poetry Event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. Hosted by Shelly Bell, featuring a different intriguing poet each month!

  • Sat

    Apr 18

    Washington, DC, US | 8:00pm

    Celebrate National Poetry Month Hips and Hyperbole The hottest erotic poetry slam and the sexiest pole dancing in DC! Hosted by Shelly Bell Jordin's Paradise 1215 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC Saturday, April 18, 2014, Doors open at 7pm, Slam starts at 8pm Get there early to get a great seat! General Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door Hips and Hyperbole is a competitive poetry event featuring pole dancers from Jordin's Paradise. WATCH, JUDGE, and/or SLAM as the District’s slam poets battle in front of a sexy live show. COMPETE IN THE POETRY SLAM: Slam Registration: $10 Hips and Hyperbole will follow general PSi rules. The slam will be 2 rounds with elimination. The winner will recieve $100, a free pole dancing class at Jordin's Paradise and offered the opportunity to feature at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington location). ENJOY A PASSIONATE NIGHT OF SEXY POETRY SLAM ACCOMPANIED BY SENSUAL SIRENS!

  • Tue

    Mar 31

    Washington, DC, US | 8:00pm

    The Beltway Poetry Slam! Join us, rain or shine, at the Brookland Busboys for another qualifying round for the finals of Beltway Slam of 2015! 7:30 PM- Doors/ Slam sign up 8:00 PM- Show Tickets: Please see below Busboys and Poets Brookland (625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017) Host: Shelly Bell Chanel Dupree will light up the stage as our feature. Audience Tickets will be sold at the door and online starting at midnight, March 31. ALL THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE SLAM MUST ARRIVE BY 7:30 AND BUY THEIR TICKETS IN PERSON!! Participant Tickets will be sold IN PERSON for CASH ONLY on a first come, first serve basis starting at 7:30. Approximately 16 will being available but only 12 people will slam. If more than 12 Participant Tickets are sold, there will be a lottery to determine who will actually compete. IF YOU PLAN TO SLAM, PLEASE DO NOT BY TICKETS ONLINE--see above. Feature Bio: Chanel Dupree is a 21 year spoken word artist that has been writing for ten years. Chanel was the only woman on the 2014 LouderARTS slam team. LouderARTS made it to semi-finals. However, Chanel Dupree was asked to perform on final stage. Chanel has featured at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and Port Veritas. Also, at Yale University's Global Health Conference, United Nations; promoting women's advocacy and youth employment. Chanel has also been featured on "At the Inkwell" as one of their inspiring up and coming writers. Chanel's writing style is storytelling and redemption. Spilling everything on the page, showing how being human is a beautiful battle.

  • Thu

    Mar 26

    Alexandria, VA, US | 7:00pm

    Seven City Art Society and The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association collaborate to bring you the 2015 SWAN DAY CELEBRATION Have you ever heard of SWAN DAY? Support Women Arts Now (SWAN) Day is a national celebration of women in arts. SWAN DAY CELEBRATION 2015 hosted by Shelly Bell March 26, 2015 7pm, $15 to support women artists Get your tickets now: http://www.nvfaa.org/events/swan-day-shelly-bell You can also pay at the door The Athenaeum 201 Prince St. Alexandria, VA 22314 MEET THE ARTISTS: Live Painting by Lola Leopard: The ability to see my talent develop in front of a crowd has been a humbling experience. To show my appreciation, I challenge myself by pushing my creative ability with consistent variety. The courage to step outside of my comfort zone with new designs; while remaining true to my personal style, has strengthened my craft and given me the confidence to become a professional live painter. I am learning to come alive on stage; unveiling uniquely evocative artwork that illustrates who I am as an artist. What began as just a creative release, is developing into a movement of the masses. I have dedicated my talents to empowering African American women, raising awareness against the silent cycle of abuse, and creating a safespace for women personally looking for a release through artistry. Liturgical Dance by Mia Jackson: Mia doubles as Swim Coach by day and writer/dancer by night. Joining the church at a young age Mia began to explore the the ways that music could motivate and provide a positive experience for anyone who hears it. Mia enjoys the art of conveying the message of her song with beautiful fluid body movements. Poetry by Tori Lane Kovarik, Poet Laureate of Alexandria Tori Lane Kovarik (also known as T.Lane) is an Alexandria-based poet, speaker, artist, and educator. Tori is currently serving at the Poet Laureate of Alexandria City in northern Virginia.Tori's work is known to have a fairly dark sensibility, routinely addressing issues of spiritual crisis, sexual trauma, depression, and self-injury. In writing about these tough issues, Tori aims to shed light on things often clothed in silence, grappling with them in a way of seeking healing and hope.This theme of giving voice expands beyond Tori's writing and visual art and into her work in the community and the church. She works with victims of sexual trauma, connecting them to resources and support systems, and speaks publicly about her own experience with sexual trauma and the struggle to find healing. Tori also provides training and resources to churches so they are better equipped to support trauma victims in their midst. Poetry over Music by SB Cooper: To merely refer to North Carolina native and Alexandria, VA resident Shelly Bell aka "SB Cooper" as a curious and talented consumer of life's most positive energies would only tell half of the story. She is an award-winning performance poet, event host at DC’s hub for poetry and great food - Busboys and Poets, and author of All Women are Stupid Sometimes - a contemporary tale of what women endure for love. Her poems have been published for academia in Critical Articulations of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation which examines the relationship between race, gender and sexual orientation. Shelly has published articles on music, arts, and culture as a contributor for Brightest Young Things, Brooklyn Bodega, and editor of Straight Razor Hip-Hop. She is the founder of Women Writers Rock - an advocacy group for women readers and writers in the DC metro area and beyond. Excelling as a truly dynamic force in local, national and now international media, her work as performance poet has led to an arts partnership with the Northern VA Fine Arts Association, a performance with the world renowned Washington Metro Philharmonic Association, and serving as a former Arts Commissioner for the City of Alexandria,VA.


The Poetry Games, a poetry slam themed after award-winning novel The Hunger Games created by Shelly Bell


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Bio: Brands, Brains, Beauty | Zombie Killer | Spoken Word - House/EDM Artist | Author | Journalist | Mantra-Regret Nothing Write Everything™| Founder-Women Writers Rock | Creator- Straight Razor Hip-Hop.com

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Q: I Love your work...How long have you been writing?

A: Hi, thank you so much! I have been writing since I was 8, but performing for about 3 years. I just hit the ground running. It feels so good that I work hard daily to be professional at it!

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