with Joshua Bennett & Rudy Francisco
Mon May 27th, 2013
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $15
Day of Show: $20
This is a general admission, standing event. This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s streaming channel, beginning at 8pm.
“A Gentleman and a Scholar”
Joshua Bennett is an award winning performance poet from Yonkers, NY. He has recited his original work at events such as The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House, and the ESPN documentary One Night in Vegas. In addition, he was a featured poet on the original cast of the HBO series Brave New Voices. He has also been featured on NPR, BBC Radio Oxford, MSNBC/thegrio.com 100 history makers in the making, The Root’s top 30 Black Performance Poets list and alongside former U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Currently, he is a voice of Ralph Lauren’s newest promotional campaign, The Rugby Poets Club.
An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, Joshua graduated with the distinctions of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, after double majoring in English and Africana Studies. In addition to receiving a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Joshua was also awarded a Marshall Scholarship to earn a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick. He will pursue a Phd in English from Princeton University in the Fall after his time abroad. Joshua thanks God for his gift, and is grateful for, and humbled by, the opportunity to inspire others.
Joshua Bennett is represented by The Strivers Row, an Artist Management Agency.
Rudy Francisco was born and raised in San Diego, California. At the age of 21, Rudy completed his B.A in Psychology and decided to continue his education by pursuing a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. As an artist, Rudy Francisco combines activism and poetry to enlighten the minds of those who witness his performance.
Rudy Francisco is also the co-host of the largest poetry venues in San Diego and has featured at countless venues, colleges and showcases across the nation. He has won the hearts of many with honesty, vulnerability and conviction. Rudy uses poetry to unapologetically peel back his layers and then offers his life experience to the audience.
Ultimately, Rudy’s goal is to assist and inspire others to harness their creativity while cultivating his own. Rudy Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and starred in season 2 of TV One’s “Verses and Flow”