Come slam with whatever poems you like! Bring your favorite poems that you’re always hesitant to bring to the stage. You know what I’m talking about: the Steven Universe persona poem, the slashfic love poem, the poem you wrote when you took one hit too many and woke up three days later in Las Vegas with five dollars and a new poem in your pocket written on the back of a napkin.
It’s going to be a fun anything-goes night, so heed Ella’s advice and join us!
Javon Rustin is a writer, spoken word artist, mentor, and software developer. He has been writing since the age of thirteen and moved to Dallas, TX from North Carolina after graduating with a computer science degree. He started writing in church and slamming in competitions in college. In church, he did not want to write. It was mandatory for the youth program. In college, he did not want to perform. He thought his work did not match up with the performance of others. Today, Javon writes and performs around the country and has had the pleasure doing so for cruise lines and businesses to parties and motivational speeches. After moving to Dallas in 2013, he made the Dallas Poetry Slam team in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2016 he ranked 17th in the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2017, Javon quit his corporate job to pursue more community involvement. He now fulfills his passion writing for pages and stages. He works with The Dallas Poetry Slam Organization as a teaching artist providing writing and performance workshops to tweens around the city. He also provides freelance software development and website designing (shameless plug). When he’s not working, Javon can be found inside of a novel, a gym, or a bar.