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Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic and reading series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the August event features former Split This Rock Director of Youth Programs Joseph Green and Poets of the Sunday Kind of Love Community: Mark Berman, Jim Hayes, and Nubia Kai! An open mic segment will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.


Date: 3rd Sunday of Every Month (August 19)

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009

Cost: $5 (Tickets can be purchased online on the day of the event via Busboys and Poets' Eventbrite page. As available, tickets may also be purchased at the door.)  


August's Sunday Kind of Love features former Split This Rock Director of Youth Programs Joseph Green and Poets of the Sunday Kind of Love Community: Mark Berman, Jim Hayes, and Nubia Kai

Joseph Green is a spoken word artist, educator, and motivational speaker with over 15 years’ experience in youth development. He co-founded poetryN.O.W., a nonprofit providing creative writing programming and curriculum for DC-area youth and schools. While serving as Split This Rock’s Director of Youth Programs for 3 years, he transferred poetryN.O.W’s work into Split This Rock’s care. Joseph has performed, hosted, and featured throughout the United States, including at the White House, Kennedy Center, and American Society of Addiction Medicine’s annual conference. He has qualified to compete at Poetry Slam Inc.'s National Poetry Slam five times and ranked 16th at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2017, Joseph started LMSvoice to help people and socially conscious organizations discover and share the transformative power of story. Learn more at the organization’s website.

Mark Berman is a produced playwright, a poet, and an activist grandparent. His published poems include "Charlottesville" which appears in DASH. He has been a playwright, actor, and member of the Guthrie Theatre acting company in Minneapolis, MN. He has served as Playwright-in-Residence at Penn State and Florida State University. He is the Founding Director of the Playwrights Theatre in Florida and the director of three national award-winning MacArthur Foundation plays. His plays include Lady of the Diamond, The Trips Trilogy, A Saxophone For America, Pictures at an Inhibition, Albert Einstein Never Sang at the Met, and The Day the Marching Bands Went Wild, among others. Mark has worked as an ordinary seaman on Great Lakeshore boats, an auto worker, a union activist, a farmhand, and a late-night DJ. He is a member of Democratic Socialists of America and Jewish Voices For Peace. He enjoys playing senior basketball, practicing yoga, and swimming at the YMCA.

Jim Hayes is a retired engineer with a long history volunteering for Split This Rock. He graduated from Old Dominion University and George Mason University.

Nubia Kai received a Ph.D. in African historical literature and film from Howard University and was a former assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University. She is a poet, novelist, and playwright who has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Awards and six DC Commission on the Arts Awards. She was selected as a finalist for the Larry Neal Writers Competition. She has a collection of poetry, Solos, and a historical novel I Spread My Wings And I Fly.


September 16: Rasheed Copeland & TBA
October 21: Mugabi Byenkya & Donald Illich
November 18: Julian Randall & Raquel Salas Rivera



Watch this video from the reading on March 19, 2017 which featured a special theme of migration as part the Because We Come From Everything Campaign.



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