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Poets Reading Poetry

Poets Reading Poetry

By Dwayne Lawson-Brown
A Dialogue In Meter

Dwayne Lawson-Brown hosts a conversation through poetry featuring artists of various styles, experience, and status.
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Episode #9 - Luna The Poet Reads Poetry
Luna The Poet is a beam of light in human form. Dionne “Luna” Tenhue is a DC Native who believes that if your ship doesn’t sail in, swim out to meet it. She feels that every dream is attainable if you’re willing to put in the work to reach those dreams. Luna has created space to cultivate, enrich, and uplift the spirit of creativity. Luna self-published 2 collections of poetry - “Welcome Me,” and “Remember Me”. Luna’s artistry spans far beyond the poetry spectrum. She is also a skilled natural hair stylist operating an in-home salon, an expert crocheter creating unique one-of-a-kind crocheted items, as well as a visual artist using platforms from paint to photography to portray her vision.  Real ones know her voice not only from the countless performances she's shared along the eastern seaboard, but as the co-host of the first 4 bonus episodes of this show. Luna is a dream and deserves to be fully celebrated.  Support Luna The Poet: Crochet/Fashion Goods - https://th3f33lz.com/ Instagram: @LunaThePoet - @_Th3F33lz_
37:08
August 1, 2021
Episode #8 - Tik-Tok Ya Don't Stop Reads Poetry
Tik-Tok Ya Don't Stop is a force for positive change. With poetry equal parts personal and communal - work that aims to reinforce your power while confronting your demons - TiK-Tok is a priceless member of DC's artistic tapestry. In this episode, Tik-Tok joins host Dwayne Lawson-Brown for poetry and discussion around parenting, mentorship, and confronting your "imposter". Tap in and vibe out! Support Tik-Tok: Instagram - @TikTokYaDontStop 
50:25
July 27, 2021
Episode #7 - Drew Anderson Reads Poetry
This is one for the ages! Drew Anderson joins host Dwayne Lawson-Brown for a conversation on artists and their processes, changes on the DC scene, and nonsensical rap lyrics. A dialogue in verse that moonlights as a celebration of each other. More about Drew Anderson: New Orleans, Louisiana bred (and now District of Columbia based) hip hop artist, slam poet, producer, screenwriter, host, and veteran middle and high school teacher Drew Anderson has continued to innovatively utilize his talent for connecting with audiences big and small via the avenues of art and education. The son of an English teacher, Drew has always gravitated toward writing as a weapon of expression and a tool of informing through entertainment. His explosive performance style and knack for satire have brought him to stages around the globe. Brokeballer.com @SpoofSchool for educational materials. @FromGumboToMumbo for artist stuff. If interested in Dwayne Lawson-Brown's work CrochetKingpin.com
01:05:27
July 16, 2021
Episode #6 - Brandon Douglas Reads Poetry
Brandon Douglas, a product of the land known as Washington, DC, began writing raps when he was 12. He later fused poetry and hip-hop to form his secret weapon as a tool of self-expression. Since then, he has opened for Maxwell and the late Gil Scott Heron, and graced stages at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Phillips Collection, and Howard Theatre. With his artistry, he works to guide others toward positivity, encouraging them to strive to be whole. He is constantly working to grow as an artist as well as a person so that others may be moved to do the same. Brandon and Dwayne discuss creative inspiration, Fortnite dances, and hosting open mics.
52:28
July 9, 2021
Episode #5 - Charlotte Maleski Reads Poetry
In our closing episode of #PrideMonth - Our host Dwayne Lawson-Brown is joined by Arlington County Youth Poet Laureate, Charlotte Maleski! Charlotte Maleski is a writer, musician, and filmmaker attending high school in Arlington, VA. Her first spoken word performance was at an open mic for her middle school; since then, she has returned to this school to lead poetry workshops. In 2019, she qualified at the countywide level for the Optimist International Oratorical contest. She is an alumna of the University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, and her poetry was recognized at the regional level of the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Currently, she is serving as Arlington’s Youth Poet Laureate of 2021. She was also a member of the 2020 DC Youth Slam Team. Dwayne and Charlotte discuss identity, the joy of the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, and the power of youth voices leading our present and future. 
37:10
July 2, 2021
Episode #4 - LeeBruh Greene Reads Poetry
Singer, Songwriter, Poet, all around amazing person, LeeBruh Greene joins Dwayne Lawson-Brown to discuss home, creativity, and his process while sharing poetry exploring love, lust, ad matters of the heart. Support LeeBruh Greene's music: Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Left-Hand-LeeBruh-Explicit-Greene/dp/B07YFMHBRN Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/08SiJKNBLYbLVyKxF4BQdP?si=Gf9P7Dm_T1KeS1rs1fHJXg&dl_branch=1 Check Out LeeBruh's Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/6DXEJGGLfLf5XiJ4XvDHz5?si=FzAdczhDTlmQ965idTzOKw&dl_branch=1 Find Dwayne's Poetry: https://crochetkingpin.com/category/poetry/ https://crochetkingpin.com/books/
39:05
June 25, 2021
Episode #3 - Gowri K Reads Poetry
Guess what... in this episode... two poets... *whispers* read poetry. In our third episode, host Dwayne Lawson-Brown, is joined by Gowri K, a queer Tamil writer, performing artist, teacher, and lawyer whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused in the U.S., and justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. Gowri is an incredible writer whose publication credits also have publication credits. Gowri and Dwayne discuss the power of poetry as activism, finding joy in the writing process, and explore the connection between poets and lawyers. Follow Gowri K Online: Instagram and Twitter - @GowriMozhi Website - https://notherelong.wordpress.com/ Follow Dwayne Online: Instagram and Twitter - @CrochetKingpin Website - https://crochetkingpin.com/
54:19
June 18, 2021
Episode #2 - Samantha G Reads Poetry
In this very special episode our host Dwayne Lawson-Brown and featured poet Samantha G not only battle the nerves of sharing intensely personal work, but also battle technology and it's trappings. Content warning: the works shared in this episode discuss varying levels of harm and experiences with memory. Follow and support Samantha G's work on all social media platforms - @SheBeSamanthaG Support the movement - BLKNSPACE.com Follow her on twitch - twitch.tv/SheBeSamanthaG
41:04
June 11, 2021
Episode #1 - Sarah Lawson Reads Poetry
It's our first official episode! Sarah D Lawson is a DC-based queer writer whose poems are rooted in self, exploring themes of body, love, sexuality and gender. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry and Everyday Feminism, and published by Write Bloody Publishing, FreezeRay Press, and Drunk In A Midnight Choir. She is the founder of the Beltway Poetry Slam in Washington, DC and served as the slam master from 2010-2015. She represented DC on the 2012 Treat Yo Self team at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, competed at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and was the coach of the Madeira High School Louder Than A Bomb team from 2012-2015. Sarah joins host Dwayne Lawson-Brown to kickoff Pride Month, share poetry, and discuss the need for connection and relaxation. Follow Sarah Lawson on various social media outlets: @SlawSpeaks Follow Dwayne Lawson-Brown on various social media outlets: @CrochetKingpin This podcast is supported by the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, as well as CrochetKingpin.com
30:05
June 4, 2021
Episode -1: Color Me Human
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The last of 4 preview episodes for Poets Reading Poetry, our host Dwayne Lawson-Brown is joined by Luna The Poet to share poems from Dwayne's collection "One Color Kaleidoscope" while learning the technology. Poems shared in this episode explore the common space of our humanity. When all else fails, in what shade do we commune? Listen and explore. To Purchase One Color Kaleidoscope: https://crochetkingpin.com/books/
26:03
June 1, 2021
Episode -2: Color Me In Love
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The third of 4 preview episodes for Poets Reading Poetry, our host Dwayne Lawson-Brown is joined by Luna The Poet to share poems from Dwayne's collection "One Color Kaleidoscope" while learning the technology. Poems shared in this episode explore the fullness of love. How do you paint the want of another? Does language do a heart justice? Listen and explore. To Purchase One Color Kaleidoscope: https://crochetkingpin.com/books/
27:57
June 1, 2021
Episode -3: Color Me Upset
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The second of 4 preview episodes for Poets Reading Poetry, our host Dwayne Lawson-Brown is joined by Luna The Poet to share poems from Dwayne's collection "One Color Kaleidoscope" while learning the technology. Poems shared in this episode explore the our justified rage. What color is the frustration, confusion, and exhaust of injustice? Listen and explore. To Purchase One Color Kaleidoscope: https://crochetkingpin.com/books/
27:08
May 29, 2021
Episode -4: Color Me Artist
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In this, the first of 4 preview episodes for Poets Reading Poetry, our host Dwayne Lawson-Brown is joined by Luna The Poet to share poems from Dwayne's collection "One Color Kaleidoscope" while learning the technology. Poems shared in this episode explore the life of the artist. What is the process, how are you received, and what does a legacy really look like.
25:21
May 14, 2021