Ladies First

When Women’s History Month rolled around, Slam Nuba’s Jovan Mays — who also happens to be the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Aurora — wanted to make sure his slam-poetry community knew about it. For one evening in March, he’s pulled together the most stellar lineup of his sisters in spoken word for Hear Me Roar, a showcase of poetry and music performance by a top-notch roster of local and national stars. Mays says that as a poet, he’s found great inspiration in the many female artists he’s met along the way, and this is his way of sharing that inspiration and those powerful voices with the city at large. “We have too many badass female poets in our city for them to not be showcased a good way,” he enthuses. It’s all part of a general surge by the Slam Nuba collective to get the word out about Denver’s rich slam-poetry scene, one of the nation’s most vibrant spoken-word platforms.

Show our women poets support tonight at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington Street in Five Points. Admission is $5 to $10 and worth every penny, considering the quality of the lineup. For information about Hear Me Roar and other Slam Nuba events, visit
Mon., March 31, 7 p.m., 2014

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