14. February 2018 - 20:00 till 22:00
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ToF ft. Nate Mask & Ryan J | Caffè Fantastico Specialty Coffees | Wednesday, 14. February 2018

Season 13, Episode 9

Tongues of Fire is our twice monthly spoken word open mic. You'll hear 5-minute sets from 12 local performers, plus a feature set. Sign-up opens at 7:30 pm (first come first served); show starts at 8 pm. $6-10 sliding scale (cash only).

FEATURING: Nate Mask & Ryan J

"Nobody Likes Us, But We're Here Anyway"

Nate Mask and Ryan J are nationally touring spoken word artists based out of Atlanta, GA. Both have competed and found success in the Slam community at national, regional, and local levels, and whose poems have received over 800,000 views on YouTube and Facebook. They are tolerated in their local scene because their poems are somewhat entertaining, but nobody actually likes either of them.

Ryan J. , a self-proclaimed lover of all things Spider-Man and time travel related, brings fresh perspective to slam poetry. As 2015 CUPSI semi-finalist, 2017 Java Monkey Slam Team Representative, and the founder of HomeGrown Poetry, Ryan focuses on social issues and narratives that often exist in the blind spots of marginalized communities in his work. Whether it be through breakup voicemails from the Earth to the United States or class action lawsuits from black people to Food Network, Ryan challenges his audience to open their eyes and ears to a new perspective on the ideas and narratives that we so often miss. In 2016, Ryan published his first chapbook of poetry, “Go Home Ryan,” as well as a micro-chapbook called “In A Fit Of Mania” in 2017, and is currently working on his third, “In Spite of Years of Silence.”

Nate Mask spends his days playing basketball, and trying not to swear in front of children or take himself too seriously. He has been a member of the Java Monkey and Art Amok Slam Teams in Atlanta, and has competed and performed on National and Local Stages, such as the National Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Festival, Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Show, Write Club Atlanta, and the Decatur Book Festival. Nate’s writing touches on everything from relationships and mental health, to dogshit and misplacing his keys. If he seems awkward in person, it’s because he is. Nate has self-published two chapbooks: “Well, This is Awkward…” and “Love is For Suckers,” as well as a collection of haiku entitled “Shitty Little Poems.”


ABOUT CAFFE FANTASTICO (Quadra Village location):

Caffe Fantastico is a beautiful all-ages cafe that serves hot beverages; beer, wine, and cider; and snacks (hummus! chicken skewers! fried chick peas! tacos!). There are two non-gendered, single-stall washrooms, one of which is large enough for a wheelchair/mobility device. There are three stairs between the service area and the main seating area, but both areas can also be accessed from street level. Please enter via the Kings St door.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this event and/or our venue. We aim to be inclusive and welcoming.