Hailing from Charlotte Amalie, U.S.V.I. Illegible Unchained started writing around age four, including short stories that his cousin helped him sell earning him the nickname “the little extortionist”. Engaged with other activities of childhood, he put down his creative pen for some years, resuming around age ten. Illegible Unchained created fantastical worlds full of magic and violence as an escape from the problems he was facing. Some of the content was concerning to the adults around him so again he stopped writing for a time. Later, Illegible Unchained became an avid songwriter for a metal band started with friends. Soon songs became poems and he went to an open mic for the first time when he was eighteen. Awed and inspired by the diverse talent he witnessed, he continued to develop his craft with the release of Searching Self for Substance during 2016. Illegible Unchained’s goal in writing and performing is to provoke the audience to deeper thought. Illegible Unchained says, “I’m not trying to save the world, I’m trying to make the world worth saving.” Searching Self for Substance is the debut publication by Illegible Unchained, stage and pen name of Joshua Robinson. This collection of poems takes the reader on a dark journey down the author’s path to emotional enlightenment. From tumultuous beginnings through exploring his early adulthood independence.
Joshua Robinson was born April 16, 1992, in St. Thomas to Louis and Giselle Robinson and passed away August 25, 2016. He loved to listen to music and like his mother, poetry had become a big part of his life. He enjoyed sharing his poetry on stage with other poets and was a very talented writer. Joshua enjoyed great times with his family and considered his closest friends as his family as well. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In his honor, The Joshua Isaiah Robinson Writing Scholarship has been established to benefit individuals who have have a passion for writing poetry and have struggled with self-harm or suicide ideation/attempts and have stayed in residential care due to a mental health diagnosis. Submissions for The Joshua Isaiah Robinson Writing Scholarship will be accepted April 1 through July 31 each year and awarded on or before August 31. Applicants must submit a letter describing themselves, writing aspirations and a separate original poem up to one page in length via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from the sale of Searching Self for Substance will fund The Joshua Isaiah Robinson Writing Scholarship as well as contributions from donors.
having just celebrated our two year anniversary #lilcajunopenmic is making a few changes…
here’s what’s staying the same:
still on tuesday
still hosted by annika michelle
dj goodie ray in the mix, still
same great house drinks and specials
same great food in the kitchen
same local flare that only lil cajun grill n sports can offer
here’s what’s new:
now monthly on second tuesday
admission is $5* (find out how to get free admission)
artists with music MUST submit performance track in advance
Volition Unlimited is excited to bring you open mic night @ Lil Cajun Grill & Sports every 2nd tuesday hosted by dfw’s hottest hostess Annika Michelleand DJ Goodie Ray Duncan in the mix! come experience and enjoy poets, singers, comedians, instrumentalists and more stage talent along with the “slap yo mama” selections from the menu and bar, and remember to take care of our bartender! this is the place to be on second tuesday nights in oak cliff, don’t miss it!
arrive early, sign up @ 7pm, show starts @ 8p 5215 singing hills drive oak cliff #lilcajunopenmic
if you want to perform on the open mic just show up, sign up and get up when your name is called! to perform with music, please visitvolitionunlimited.org/submit-performance-track
see event for more info: facebook.com/events/202677806880440
Shasparay is a refreshing and formidable new voice that is being heard all over the nation. She was considered the 2nd ranked female youth poet in the world in 2014 and was just recently ranked the 5th Female Poet in the World (2016). She is also the inaugural NAACP ACT-SO Poetry Performance gold medalist. Shasparay published a poetry book called “Say it with Your Chest” which has been praised for its honesty and form. She controls crowds whether they be intimate or contain thousands of people. In 2016 an inspired room gave her a standing ovation after she skillfully delivered her first TED Talk with TEDxYouth Austin. She contributes to her community with art activism and speaks out against issues such as domestic violence and discrimination. Shasparay was Miss Juneteenth Austin 2015 and received local recognition for being an example of Black excellence. She has mastered public and motivational speaking, and brings a unique perspective to any subject or platform if given the opportunity.
Unlimited Poetry Slam is honored to have Shasparay as our featured artist 3.13.17 as a sendoff for her to represent our team in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. visit wowps.2017 for more festival/tournament info.
Unlimited Poetry Slam is a poetry slam organization registered with Poetry Slam, Inc. and is comprised of spoken word artists and supporters promoting the development of the art for writer/performers and audiences alike. Unlimited Poetry Slam operates weekly spoken word open mic & poetry slam competitions at @ Fūshā’s Lounge 130. E. Bardin Rd. All are invited to share on the mic for the first time, as a professional or sit back and enjoy others’ performance. This is our first year participating in national competition and we need your support to build a home team in the heart of Arlington, Texas. Unlimited Poetry Slam is dedicated to the development of an inclusive community that celebrates the art of spoken word for all, join us. #weareunlimited
monday night’s unlimited poetry slam & open mic goes down 7:30-9:30pm (and sometimes runs later) at Fūshā’s Lounge 130 e. bardin rd. arlington, tx. $5 byob menu & mixers available for purchase. free glass of wine for ladies 21+.
all are invited to share on the mic for the first time, as a professional or sit back and enjoy others’ performance. this is our first year participating in national competition and we need your support to build a home team in our city. we are dedicated to the development of an inclusive community that celebrates the art of spoken word for all and invite you to join us! also visit volitionunlimited.org/unlimitedpoetryslam
Sin is an up and coming spoken word poet born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been writing since his childhood and has performed throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area including several feature performances within the first year of bringing his talent to the stage. Sin’s style ranges from traditional to rap inspired street poetry, and politics and has gained him a quickly growing audience. Sin released a chap book during 2016 titled “Demo Tape” and is releasing his latest publication and debut studio album on 3.3.17. Come enjoy a LIVE preview of Sin’s latest work @ #WordPlay Thursdays 9-11pm 1912 Hemphill St. Fort Worth, TX $5
Keagan Austin (Better known as Juq’o Vibe) is the creator of the “Lame Lyfe” movement. He lives by the phrase “I WILL NEVER CHANGE, IF BEING YOURSELF AIN’T COOL, THEN I’M FOREVER LAME.” The word L.A.M.E. is an acronym that stands for “Living According to My Expectations” promoting individuality and self-acceptance.
Juq’o Vibe, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a songwriter, producer, and motivational speaker who has been able to spread the LAME LYFE movement through spoken word and music. Juq’o Vibe teaches people that it is ok to be yourself even if others do not consider it “COOL.” Lame Lyfe is all about ignoring trends set by others but starting your own trends by being an individual.
join us 8-10pm tuesday 1.31 @ Lil Cajun Grill & Sports 5215 singing hills dr. oak cliff, tx free admission $5 kitchen/bar minimum
“The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best female-identified poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top 14 scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!
WOWps is held in March. Preliminary rounds of the competition take place on Thursday and Friday and the Finals on Saturday. There is also a “Last Chance” slam, in which PSi members can compete for the final remaining spot in the competition. To learn more about becoming a PSi member, click here.” – poetryslam.com
come to any unlimited poetry slam event and get one free raffle ticket and purchase additional tickets for just $1 each to enter drawing for a pair of tickets to Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals Stage. unlimited poetry slam meets monday nights 7:30-9:30pm at Fusha’s Enterprises 130 e. bardin rd. arlington, tx $5 admission byob food and mixers available for purchase
Sin is an up and coming spokenword artist from Fort Worth Texas.
He has performed all around DFW and his unique style is always in demand.
With a blend of traditional and hip hop influences he brings a one of a kind energy to the mic. Be sure to visit http://www.sinspokenword.com.
Join us Monday January 23, 2017 @ Unlimited Poetry Slam for this featured artist and every Monday for local and national poets. Enter to win tickets to 2017 Women of the World Finals Stage!
7:30-9:30pm @ Fusha’s Enterprises 130 E. Bardin Rd. Arlington, TX 76018