Poetry Lounge

One Night One Goal Poetry Lounge

Presented by Busboys and Poets

Come join Busboys and Poets for a live poetry showcase and “speakeasy” experience during One Night One Goal!

Attendees will be able to enjoy a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers alongside the sounds of the Emory Diggs Jazz Band inside the VIP-exclusive, Directors' Lounge of the EagleBank Club at Audi Field.

Featured performers include Roscoe Burnems, Kenneth Caroll, Jacob Mayberry, Simply Sherri and Ashley Yates.

Professional Spoken Word Performers

Roscoe Burnems

Richmond Virginia native, Douglas Powell/Roscoe Burnems is a poet, published author, spoken-word artist, comedian, educator, father, and husband who has dedicated his craft to entertaining and educating. He is a National Poetry Slam, Lake Eden Arts Festival Poetry Slam Champion, Screen Time Season 1 Slam Champion, NUPIC/Underground Slam Champion, Tedx speaker, graduate of the Watering Hole Writer's Fellowship, and star of the first poetry and comedy special Traumedy, streaming on Amazon Prime and other platforms. He is also Richmond, VA's first poet laureate.

Kenneth Carroll

Kenneth Carroll is a native Washingtonian whose poetry and prose has appeared in numerous publications including, Bum Rush The Page, In Search Of Color Everywhere, Potomac Review, Worcester Review, Obsidian, the Washington Post, Indiana Review, Beyond the Frontier and Gargoyle. His book of poetry is entitled So What: For The White Dude Who Said This Ain’t Poetry.” He has had 3 of his plays produced including, Make My Funk The P-Funk, published by Ishmael Reed in Konch. He is the former director of DC WritersCorps and the African American Writers Guild. He is the 2021 Blood Orange Review winner in fiction. He was a writer for BET’s Story Porch program featuring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Nuyorican Café, Library of Congress, Beyond Baroque, Gala Hispanic Theater, and at universities and cultural institutions around the country.

Jacob Mayberry

a.k.a Black Chakra

Jacob Mayberry a.k.a Black Chakra is a Baltimore-based spoken word artist and emcee whose talent has been showcased on stages across America. He is a poetry instructor for Dewmore Baltimore, where he led the Woodlawn High School Poetry Team to city slam victory for four straight years. Black Chakra is a former member of the 2016 National Slam Championship at the National Poetry Slam (NPS). In 2017, Black Chakra won Baltimore’s Grand Slam Finals and helped lead Baltimore’s Poetry Team to victory at Southern Fried.

Simply Sherri

With stylish sexiness, Simply Sherri’s accessible writing style and enjoyable performance offer a revealing reflection of her world that goes straight to the heart. Her poetry makes audiences laugh, cry, but more often smile at the naughty thoughts her words cause! California born and Maryland raised, she has been writing since 2001 and performing since 2008. Simply Sherri has spotlighted and featured at various venues along the East Coast, sparkling audiences with her signature “Love, Sexy, Classy Nasty,” style—a humorous, heartfelt and hot poetic exploration of love and relationships.

Ashley Yates

Ashley Yates or as she’s affectionately known to many in the arts and culture landscape, Black Assets is a Mississippi born and Baltimore bred soul, funk and indie spoken word songstress whose performances feel like a plate of sweet potatoes, greens, macaroni and cheese and fried chicken...with a slice of yellow cake afterward. Yates is an alumna of Coppin State University 17’ with her degree in Social Work and musical performance. She is a shining example of how eliminating self-doubt can transform one into positivity, align them with their passion and cultivate a space for their pure talent. Her most recent piece “Being Black and Shea Buttah Paradise" is an eloquent display of her musical talents.