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Spotlight by Von DawiZard Bellows
Reflecting on life as a recent inductee of the "quarter-century club," 25-year old Von 'DaWiZard' Bellows has accomplished much and yet continues to strive for more. Born in Washington, DC--bred in Maryland, Von found art at an early age when he broke into song at the age of four during a solemn Christmas event. From there, the stage and a microphone would be his weapons to battle the world! The unfortunate for diagnosis of a speech impediment served as a ferocious obstacle for this poet to overcome. However, with the guidance of his mother constantly pushing him on to stages, by 11th grade the stutter was almost completely gone, and in 2006, something new arose to take its place: Poetry. Lyrikal Storm, poetry club at Parkdale High school was the catalyst for Von's love of spoken word. In 2007, Von competed with the Price George's County Creative Writing Alliance slam team in the Brave New Voices National Youth poetry slam, held in San Jose, California, as well as the next year in Washington, DC. A true leader at heart, upon beginning his freshman year at Elizabeth City State University, Von founded the school's first poetry organization and slam team, known as the Free Mindz Poets. Nearly 7 years later and the organization is still very active on campus. Due to college and a host of other reasons however, he slightly disappeared from the DMV poetry scene. Nonetheless, in 2013, the Free Mindz Poets traveled to Chicago and won the Louder Than A Bomb College Slam, while Von also made it to the final stage of the Individual College Slam. Over the years, Von has worked with a plethora of poets, travelled all over the east coast, and mostly genuinely spread his love and wisdom wherever it is welcomed. As a recent college graduate, Von hopes to truly reemerge himself in the poetry world and take on his dreams head first. Currently, this Wizard works as an independent DJ and has plans of attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to further his education.
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Our "stage" is a green square of carpet referred to as "The Comfort Zone". We call it that because we want our artists to feel comfortable and get free with the audience. Our show is a high energy show and we rely on the audience to free themselves just as much as our performers.
Here is a rundown of our program:
9:00-10:00: Open Mic
10:00-10:15: Ten O'clock Soap Box
10:15-10:45: Feature Showcase
10:45-11:00: Open Mic Part II
11:00-11:15: World Famous Silent Treatment Cypher
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