events at red emma's

Different year, different administration; same oppression—more police killing of black folk, more jailing of immigrants, more violence against Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders…  We need more poetry to help us heal, process and galvanize into action!  Join us for an online open mic of the theme, “Peace, Justice, Poetry!”  It’s a night of justice, conscious socioploitical thought, family, survival and empowerment, spirit—whatever advances the village!  In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth” magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy.  By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus the night on justice and other matters of life.  And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!

Putting the poetic power into the evening’s feature set will Marjan Naderi!  The 2020 D.C. Youth Poet Laureate, Naderi is an Afghan-American writer and educator based in Washington, D.C.  As a 6-time Poetry Grand Slam Champion, she has been featured by The United Nation’s Girl Up Campaign, the Kennedy Center, D.C. United, The U.S. Institute of Peace, NowThis News and various other major news outlets.  Her writing has been recognized by The Adroit Journal, Brave New Voices, Split This Rock, and the National Young Arts Foundation, where she was nominated for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award.  As an educator, Naderi has facilitated writing workshops across the nation. She's taught Quranic Studies at The Afghan Academy and founded the Washington International Academy Library.  She's currently working with international non-profits to build schools and libraries in Afghanistan.  Her work is featured in curricula including Fairfax County Public Schools and L.M.S. Voice.

Holdin’ it down for the evening is Analysis—poet/spoken word artist, rad minister and bookseller, educator, justice & human rights person… Y’all know what’s up! 

Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet

CashApp: $AnalysisThePoet

ZOOM LINK & MIC LIST: To sign up to receive the Zoom link, go to  The Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the event.  The mic list sign up will be at that same location.  If time permits we will take names onto the list during the event as well, after those who have signed up have performed.  One piece; five minutes limit.

In lieu of our usual in-person collection to support the feature, PLEASE support the host and the artists directly (methods to be announced) in order to ensure the continuation of the venue.  SUPPORT THE ARTS!  And, of course, continue to support Red Emma’s!

The evening is, indeed, brought to you by Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, a worker-owned and collectively-operated restaurant, bookstore, and community events space located in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood that is dedicated to putting principles of solidarity and sustainability into practice in a democratic workplace!  You can continue to support us during this time by purchasing books online or donating to our worker support fund!  Thank you.  Twitter & Instagram: @redemmas

Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!!  Will we see you there?  :)