ed mabrey ft. @ unlimited poetry slam
Unlimited Poetry Slam presents Ed Mabrey as our featured artist Monday 1.16.17 @ Fusha’s Enterprises 130 E. Bardin Rd. Arlington, TX 76018 $5 admission BYOB food & mixers available for purchase. An accomplished poet, spoken word artist, writer, life coach, motivational speaker, comedian and actor, Ed Mabrey is driven by an incredible passion for creating experiences with every performance. His performances are often noted for their unique blend of passion, grace, creativity and fire. Ed has created characters that are unforgettable and experiences that prove to be life changing.
Ed Mabrey is the current and only four time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, (2007, 2012, 2014 & 2016). He is the first person of color to win the title and continues to be a trailblazer, consistently raising the bar and setting new and ambitious standards for this performance art form. Ed is also a two-time winner of the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational Spokenword Slam (2014 & 2016), two-time Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Champion, Great Plains Pile Up Slam Champion and many more.
Ed can be seen on Season 3, 5 & 6 of TV One’s Verses and Flow and performed each season on HBO’s All Def Digital.
Some of his other achievements are: 2012 Poetry Slam Artist of the Year (National Poetry Awards), Emmy nominated actor, National Best Selling poetry anthology contributor (“Spoken Word Revolution Redux/Sourcebooks”). He has served as Host/Master of Ceremony for over 200 events in the past 4 years and over 600 events in the past 8 years. During the course of his career, he has toured internationally and has conducted performances and workshops at over 70 colleges and universities.
Ed Mabrey is the founder of Black Pearl Productions LLC. Black Pearl Poetry, an offspring of Black Pearl Productions, LLC, one of the most successful poetry shows in the nation, has hosted and produced over 1,000 poetry events and concerts, including shows featuring The Roots, Umar Bin Hasan, The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, Ursula Rucker, and Saul Williams, to name a few.
Utilizing his diversity of artistic skills, Ed has curated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, been featured in the Whitney Museum (NY, NY), was founder of the first CUPSI/ Poetry organization for Arizona State University, mentored the first ever Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam team to come out of Phoenix, Arizona and Charlotte, North Carolina.
As an actor, Ed Mabrey has appeared in Oscar Nominated feature films, was a member of an Emmy winning cast for a Movie-of-the-week on Fox and ABC, has worked with Kuumba Theater and Red Herring Theater.
Ed earned the honor of being a recipient of “Poet of the Year” by the Ohio Poetry Association in 2007. Ed is a Rust Belt Regional Poetry Slam Champion, Lake Eden Arts Festival champion, Great Plains Poetry Slam champion and continues to perform competitively in poetry slam.
In his most recent career addition, Ed Mabrey has added comedy to his artistic endeavors. Since pursuing comedy in January of 2013, Ed is a two-time finalist in The World Series of Comedy and has hosted and opened at several of the Comedy Zone locations in North and South Carolina. His more than 25 comedic appearances include opening for such notable comedians as Ian Bagg, DL Hughley, Charlie Murphy, Roy Wood, Jr. and Rob Schneider.
While currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Ed is currently touring nationally performing poetry and conducting workshops as a solo artist.
Unlimited Poetry Slam is 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 and operates weekly spoken word open mic & poetry slam competitions where 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.