Poetry Returns To The Pub

Poetry ReturnsMissing the spoken word events that have remained inconsistent, but highly favoured, August Rush Productions picks up the mantle and hopes to revive and maintain the spoken word forum.

Formed by Linisa George and Zahra Airall, co-directors of Women Of Antigua’s production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, August Rush Productions will produce and host poetry nights every second and fourth Thursday, beginning January 14 at O’Grady’s Pub, formerly known as Funky Buddha, on Redcliffe Street.

The main aim of “Expressions” is to give spoken word artistes a venue to express and share their thoughts with those who are eager for quality, diverse entertainment.

On the second Thursday of every month, they will feature one poet, on invitation from August Rush Productions, who will present as many as five pieces from his or her collection. The fourth Thursday of every month will be theme nights, where poets/spoken word artistes will be asked to present pieces that relate to the theme of the evening.

In addition, they will also feature the work of a local artist, and a challenge will be made to the poets present to create a piece from one of the visual arts on display.

For both second and fourth Thursdays, they welcome performances from other artistes, but are kindly asking them to sign up for performances via phone or email to ensure a smooth flow.

“Please note that you will not be allowed to perform more than three pieces (gotta give the people something to look forward to in the future ... we plan to be around for a while),” a release said. “Artistes may also sign up at the door; but if the roster is full, any artistes who were unable to perform that night will be given first preference the next poetry night.”

Expressions is scheduled to run until the end of June, and is expected to feature some of Antigua’s most talented spoken word artistes, poets, and visual artistes, to include Kimolisa Mings, Craig Edwards, Sabriya Simon, Emile Hill, Mark Browne, Rhonda Williams, and Sokoto George. This week’s featured spoken word artiste will be Aziza Lake.

There will be a minimal cover charge of $5. The show begins at 8:30 pm. For further information call 783-4120 or 779-6634 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

“Expressions” with Aziza Lake

Considered to be a very laid back individual, who is easy to talk with, daughter of the soil Aziza Lake will admit that she sometimes likes being in spotlight, particularly if it’s part of one of the organisations she’s involved in.

Currently a student at Midwestern State University in Texas, where she’s majoring in theatre arts with a minor in art and journalism, she loves what she describes as “active learning ... the type of learning that takes place outside of a classroom ... from your environment.”

Loving history and politics, her passion for the arts is no secret. When writing evolved into something more personal and intense, she began sharing her work with friends and stepped up to the mic at public forums. A part of the Young Poet’s Society when she was as the Antigua State College, she has graced the mic at poetry nights at the Traffic Night Club, and Funky Buddha, and will now be returning to the latter under its new management as O’Grady’s.

Not liking to put a label on her work, Lake’s poetry spans time and emotions, reflecting the persona in the moment she creates her piece. In that essence, she considers her style to be an eve changing one, free of rhyme, and giving a natural flow to her own experiences.

“I’m glad that someone is continuing the poetry nights ... so many times it’s started and then died down ... but we need more avenues like this for the arts,” she said. “I don’t think enough attention is given to the arts in Antigua ... and we have a bad habit of only giving artistes lip service until they’ve made it big outside of the Caribbean ... that needs to change.”

Commenting on the art of spoken word and poetry, she sees it as a positive and strong form of not only communication, but said it “creates a community. I find that listening to someone’s work ... I can relate to what they’re saying ... and people have connected with me when they listen to or read my work ... we all have experiences that are similar and this affords us another way to connect with each other ... like a community.”

For more on Lake’s work, you can search for Aziza Lake Poetry on Facebook, or come and enjoy her, and other artistes, live on Thursday.

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