New Beginnings

January 6, 2020

    Monday, January 6 at 8pm

    Woolly's Smith/melton rehearsal hall


    free and open to the public

    Woolly Mammoth is thrilled to partner with Spit Dat for monthly spoken word performances starting in October 2019. All performances will be free and open to the public.

    Learn More about Spit Dat In Residence

    It's time to make new sense out of the old nonsense /
    Who needs a new bag full of the same old contents? /
    Amidst the frigid climate and the partisan politics /
    This show will clear your vision with its "2020" optics /
    With Megan; not to be confused with "Thee Stallion",
    yet she "gallops" /
    The logos-ethos-pathos balance with earth-shattering slam stanzas /
    And Pages the slam champ, kicking like Van Damme /
    Whose Drake-inspired haiku will make mills "back-to-back"!

    MEGAN RICKMAN-BLACKWOOD, a native of Richmond, Va. is a nationally renowned published poet with over a decade of touring and teaching experience. Throughout the early stages of her career, she excelled in Slam Poetry, ranking 6th in the World at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, and third at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, as well as competing with Nationally ranked top 10 teams. She has taught workshops on poetry at universities and colleges throughout the country as well as local non-profit and high school programs. She currently serves as Partnership Liaison to Untold RVA, as well as a consulting political speech strategist, while she pursues her Juris Doctorate. She continues to perform selectively and is in final edits of her first completed collection of poetry.

    PAGES MATAM is an international artist & educator from Cameroon, Central Africa, currently residing in Washington D.C. He is the Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets, a Callaloo Fellow, and Write Bloody published author of The Heart of a Comet (2014), which won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quaterly and was a Teaching for Change bestseller. A national and 2x regional poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform and youth advocacy. He has been a featured artist and performer on Upworthy, Huffington, Okay Africa, Macy’s, The Pentagon, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, BET Lyric Cafe, TV One’s Verses & Flow (Season 4 & 5), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Smithsonian African Art Festival. He has performed across the world in Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Sweden, UAE. He is a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic.

    About Spit Dat

    SPIT DAT is the longest-running open mic in the nation's capital. A profoundly intimate artistic and spiritual experience which has fought to remain a safe space through nearly two decades of societal changes, Spit Dat combines world-class talent with a living room vibe. As much a "venue" as it is an "event", Spit Dat has won multiple awards for its contribution to the growth of generations of acclaimed international artists. But perhaps its most valued accolade lives in being renowned among its staunch community as no less than "Church".

    Drew Anderson

    DREW ANDERSON, a science teacher turned teaching artist, poet turned parodist, and marathon runner turned motivational speaker, is as hard to define as he is to ignore. Known lovingly throughout DC's performing arts world as "Droopy the Broke Baller", Drew is founder and co-host of Spit Dat, the longest-running open mic in DC. Recipient of the prestigious DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Drew has recently merged his decade-plus of artistic acumen and educational expertise to develop Spoof School, a dynamic arts education integration residency which teaches students of all ages how to make learning fun by "making fun" of their learning.

    Dwayne B!

    DWAYNE B!, aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a DC native poet, activist, breakdancer, and fashion designer. He is one of the hosts of DC’s longest running open mic series, Spit Dat, as well as Host-Captain for Busboys and Poets' 450K location. In addition to featured readings at every Busboys and Poets location, SAGAfest Iceland 2015, Spirits and Lyrics NYC and Manassas, Woolly Mammoth, and the C2EA “We Can End AIDS” march, Dwayne’s short form poetry prowess led him to win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). His work to increase HIV awareness through spoken-word garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and The Washington Post. Ultimately, his goal is to force his audience to feel. His recent collection of works, One Color Kaleidoscope, is a testament to self-definition and change. When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.