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Water is Life Open Mic Poetry Series

August 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Waterkeepers Chesapeake to explore what water means to you through poetry and story.

About this event

What does water mean to you? This special series of poetry events explore the undeniable fact that “Water is life.” Waterkeepers Chesapeake, in partnership with Busboys and Poets, presents this series as part of the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Campaign. Everyone has the right to clean water. We need it to keep our bodies healthy, our communities safe, and our economies strong.

For five decades, the Clean Water Act has protected our waterways and stopped practices such as the discharge of completely untreated wastewater. But we still have work to do. Our DC rivers, while vastly improved since the 1970’s, still experience sewage overflows and legacy toxic pollution. Too often, our low-income and marginalized communities are the ones most harmed by flooding, polluted waterways and historical disinvestment. We hope this poetry series will lift up the stories from these communities, as well as speak to the spiritual and healing connections, and fun times humans have with water.

This event is part of a series on the 3rd Wednesdays May through October:

Aug 17 – Takoma Park – hosted by Glo Shines

Glo Shines is a poet, emcee, host and supplier of vibes. Hip -Hopper since a toddler, Glo composed her first raps at the age of 4. Poetry and spoken word came many years later. As a performer she brings an intangible energy that engages and informs her audience. She was a featured at such national venues as Nicolas Bookstore in Brooklyn, Tuesday Verses in Richmond, VA and Wednesday Verses, Honfleur Gallery, Big Chief, Ivy City Smokehouse in Washington, DC, and the renowned Apache Café in Atlanta, GA. She has also featured and hosted at several notable venues in Hampton Roads Virginia: including the Chrysler Museum, The Harrison Opera House, Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Downing Gross Community Center, The Funny Bone and the Newsome House. In 2016, Glo Shines had the privilege of being the opening act for the legendary Dick Gregory. She has performed for and worked with the public school systems of Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. She has also worked with various charities including Parents against bullying, the Boys and Girls Club, and Teens with a Purpose.

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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. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear.

$5 Cover. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.

Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed.


August 17
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Waterkeepers Chesapeake
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Busboys and Poets
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