February 27, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic: "Voices from the Margins"

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A mic dedicated to more radical poetry. A mic that looks back on the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Generation, early protest Hip Hop and all of the new contemporary and potent forms of protest & testimonial poetry/music. We want to hear from those who have had to force their way to center stage. We want to hear what is on the heart of the people. This is your microphone.

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February 26, 2014: Chay Douangphouxay presents "CAN YOU HAND(LE) IT?" at the Lowertown Reading Jam

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The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the fifth in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, feauturing performances by Chay Douangphouxay, Donte Collins, Naomi Ko, and Kevin Yang. The word “hand” has an extensive array of meaning, both literally and figuratively.  Without bounds, we use spoken word to play with the endless allusions that the word “hand” has in the English language, as well as its roles in our lives.  For example, the use of our hands can be used to create, mold, and shape matter into universes; at the same time the hand can be used as an instrument for mass destruction. I guess anything is possible when all hands are on deck!

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February 20, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Kevin Moore

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In 2010, Kaoz re-emerged onto the hip hop scene, collaborating with numerous hip hop, pop and R&B artists from across the country. The Tyler Durden EP (Experience) released June 2010, was followed up by The Tyler Durden Mixtape (released August 2010) completing the Fight Club trifecta. Kaoz is releasing an album entitled, Enter-SexTions early 2013, and more recently executive produced a full length hip hop CD Real Talk–which tackles HIV/STI prevention, stigma and homophobia (released 10/25/11).

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February 13, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic "Love Letters"

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The Golden Thyme Coffee Café and the Saint Paul Almanac are pleased to announce the "Soul Sounds Open Mic," hosted by Tish Jones! An open mic dedicated to all of your favorite love poems. The poems you recite to whisper into the ears of the one you desire most and the poems that you have to re-read twice because you can’t believe how good they make you feel. This is an evening dedicated to all of the work you’ve ever written for that special someone, a night when you can express love to family, spouses, cities, food, sports teams—whatever! It’s all for the love.

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February 6, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Lydia Hoglund and Writing Workshop

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Lydia Hoglund is the lead singer of Bomba de Luz, and the collaborator of many hip hop acts around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Any kind of music she can try, she tries. Though Lydia is currently gearing up to hit the road with Rhymesayers’ hip-hop giants Atmosphere, Toki Wright, and Dem Atlas this February, Bomba De Luz is at work on its third album, set to be released in June of 2014.

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January 30, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Michael Lee

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Michael Lee is a writer, performer and youth worker. He is a recipient of a 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant as well as a VERVE Grant. Michael ranked ninth at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and was named the 2011 “Best Individual Poet” of Collegiate Nationals (CUPSI). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Indiana Review and Criminal Class Press. He lives in Minneapolis where he works as a youth counselor at Avenues for Homeless Youth and drinks entirely too much coffee.

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January 23, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic's "First Take"

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An open mic entirely dedicated to new work! Bring in your first drafts and test them out in the Soul Sounds community; a space for constructive feedback and good insight!

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January 22, 2014: Guante presents "Let the Bars Breathe" at the Lowertown Reading Jam

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Featuring performances by Guante, Desdamona, Crescent Moon (of Kill the Vultures), Metasota, and See More Perspective. Come listen to five, singular voices in the world-renowned Twin Cities hip hop scene share their writing. Performing either a capella or accompanied by vocal percussion, the artists present an "unplugged" rap show that will highlight rap as a unique, dynamic poetic form with its own rules, values, and philosophies. The aim of the performance is not to divorce the voices from the beats in an attempt to compare and contrast rap with other forms of poetry, but rather to decontextualize the words in order to hear them from a new angle and gain a deeper appreciation for the craft of rapping.

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January 16, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Clara Yonge

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Raised in New Jersey and currently living in Minneapolis, Clara Younge works in Saint Paul as a math tutor and a pastry chef. Her work has been published in the Feminist Wire and in 2010 she won Macalester College's Cultural House poetry slam. Clara is an alumn of the Voices at VONA writing workshop. Her poetry is obsessed with sound, seeks truth through themes of identity and ancestry.

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