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Open Mic Poetry Night with Award-Winning Poet and Musician Synnika Lofton | News Release | City of Alexandria

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Open Mic Poetry Night with Award-Winning Poet and Musician Synnika Lofton


In celebration of National Poetry Month the Mobile Art Lab is hosting a Live Poetry Open Mic night at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., on Friday, April 29  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the last night.  Poet and musician Synnika Lofton will lead the evenings events with live poetry readings and music. Everyone is welcome to attend and recite his or her own poetry or his or her favorite poems and songs. Refreshments will be available.


Synnika Lofton is an award winning poet, a president and CEO, the host  of a Nationally Syndicated radio show, and an educator, teaching literature at Chesapeake Bay Academy and English courses  at Norfolk State University. Lofton has recorded more than one hundred and fifty CDs, albums, CD-singles, and mixtapes of poetry, including his highly praised debut, The New Breed. He is the author of eleven books and the founder of Riot Speech, a new musical genre combining performance poetry with traditional musical forms, such as Rock, Jazz, and Hip Hop.


His poems have been published in Experience Reality Magazine, Quay: A Journal of the Arts, UpStreet: A Literary Magazine, and, in 2014, Lofton has been featured in Blind Sided Magazine. He is a regular on Virginian television programs such as The Hampton Roads Show and Chesapeake’s Thinking Out Loud on WCTV. He teaches World Literature, British Literature, and Composition, while touring the country, performing at literary festivals, musical festivals, poetry readings, open mics, concerts, high schools, and colleges.


To learn more about Synnika, visit www.guerrillaignition.com.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, contact Diane Ruggiero at 703.746.5590 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail diane.ruggiero@alexandriava.gov.


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