Calling all youth performers, poets and writers! The Bayouth Collective is holding their second youth open mic this Saturday, July 28th at 6pm (WITS Meeting House, 1519 W. Main Street, 77006). The Bayouth Collective is a a youth-operated initiative that aims to create performance and learning opportunities in the Houston area for teen writers. We are poets, fiction writers, and essayist who represent the rich diversity of our city.
All writers aged 13-19 who would like to share their work are encouraged to attend. Sign ups will happen at the door on the evening of the event.
This weekend’s open mic will feature prominent Houston poet, Ebony Stewart. Ebony Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade. Ebony Stewart was on the Austin Neo Soul Slam team in 2010 that finished fourth in the Nation. She coached the 2012 Austin Neo-Soul & 2015 Austin Poetry Slam teams, that finished first and fifth, respectively, at the National Poetry Slam and the 2015 They Speak Youth Slam that finished eighth in the world at Brave New Voices. The only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas, voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. In 2015, she debuted her one-woman show, Hunger, for which she won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama and received the David Mark Cohen New Play Award. Recently crowned, Co-Champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work can be seen on Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Slam Inc., and read in several online magazines such as For Harriet, Teen Vogue and The Texas Observer.