First Spitshine Open Mic Of 2016!!!! [Ft. Kelene Blake & Arati Warrier]

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First Spitshine Open Mic Of 2016!!!! [Ft. Kelene Blake & Arati Warrier]
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Welcome back to the new year! Come experience the first Spitshine open mic of 2016! Anyone is welcomed to come watch and read on the mic!

This is the best oppression-free open mic on the face of the Earth!

We will have two amazing features:

Kelene Blake:

Kelene Blake is an artist, Blackademic, entrepreneur and bibliophile. She does spoken word poetry, performing and slamming regularly at Neo Soul Poetry Lounge and Austin Poetry Slam. Kelene's work has been featured in Blavity and she represented Austin at the 2015 Southern Fried Poetry Festival in Little Rock Arkansas. Kelene is known for her delicate yet passionate writing and performance. You can get more information and find her blogs and spoken word at

Arati Warrier:

Arati Warrier was a member of the 2013 and 2014 They Speak Austin Youth Slam Teams and has been a member of UT Spitshine Poetry Slam since the fall of 2012. She represented UT, Austin at the national collegiate poetry slam in 2014, winning 1st place and the title of Best Poem and in 2015, where the team placed 13th and was awarded Best Writing for a Team. She has performed and led workshops across Texas. Arati is a third year English and Asian American Studies major and an aspiring English teacher. Her work is currently focused on reconciling multiple identities and experiences in one body and honoring the joy of living. Arati's other interests include dancing, reading, and loving intentionally. She likes to think of her heart as an ocean.

Sign-ups at 6:45 PM
Starts at 7:00 PM

Music by DJ Motivate
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