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9:11pm. November 24, 2015. Minneapolis, MN.

Tim Toaster Henderson (@toastersmodernlife) performs perfectly balanced poetry set at SlamMN. Toaster is one of those performers who seems to effortlessly take the stage for a warm city, braving the cold. His words were clearly infused with the feeling of the day and all that came with marching to city hall. Tired, but woke. #poetsinbw #blacklivesmatter (at Kieran’s Irish Pub)

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4:10pm. November 24, 2015. Minneapolis, MN.

Melinda Lee (@melindalee618) and I munching on Chex Mix and marching for Jamar Clark. Melinda and I were roommates in Worcester almost randomly, and now we’re family forever. I love them with all my heart. They are an incredible artist. #poetsinbw (at Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown)

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11:05pm. November 12, 2015. San José, California.

Lindsey Leong reads a poem at her Cito.HELLA.Famous open mic. She has been keeping this downtown space warm every Thursday for a number of years now. There is a home here for poetry, music and hip hop, amongst the late-night burritos, nachos, and horchata. #poetsinbw (at Iguanas Burritozilla)

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5:11pm. November 4, 2015. San José.

Lucia Misch (@sumac_chili) drinking coffee after making us a wonderful salad. A dear friend and one of the greatest people I have ever known. She’s a sublime writer and one of my favorite people to watch and listen to on stage. #poetsinbw

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9:31pm. October 29, 2015. San José, California.

Lorenz Dumuk (@lorenzdumuk) gets weird and giddy as he sorts through pages and pages of his tremendous poetry. A real force in Silicon Valley spoken word. #poetsinbw (at Iguanas Burritozilla)

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11:44pm. October 24, 2015. San José, California.

Shannon Harney (@becalmhoncho) moves the Kitchen Session audience with so much love and compassion that I think maybe her words will always live in us. #poetsinbw (at San Jose, California)

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11:57pm. October 24, 2015. San José, California.

Thadra Sheridan enamors herself to my kitchen crowd. She brought her life and her loves to our homestage for #kitchensession and I am indebted to her for it. #poetsinbw (at San Jose, California)

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2:23pm. October 26, 2015. San José, California.

Aleks Stefanova (@aleks.stefanova) shows me on her phone where she wishes she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is visiting San José from Portland for the first time. We are so lucky that she graced the stages of my two shows this week with her powerful writing. #poetsinbw (at Roy’s Station Coffee & Teas)

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8:07pm. October 25, 2015. San José, California.

Karsten and Petra Lampe are a married poet duo visiting from Berlin. It didn’t take much to get them to try the mac & cheese and the french dip as jazz filled the background of the club. They brought joy, humor, and some of the best parts of Germany with them to Kitchen Session San José last night. #poetsinbw (at Cafe Stritch)

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10:00pm. October 24, 2015. San José, California.

Jason Bayani (@jasonbayani) performs the hell out of a new poem in our kitchen session. #poetsinbw (at San Jose City Hall)