The critically acclaimed and award winning VERSES: THE OPEN MIC EXPERIENCE presented by Upside Marketing, is Richmond Virginia’s longest running poetry event, and the base of the Verses crew consisting of poets, lyricists, and singers. Verses has been running for 11 years in RVA and for 5 years in Washington DC!
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Lorna Pinckney, aka the other “L-Boogie” is the host and founder of Verses. She is the owner of Upside Marketing, LLC. a marketing consulting company which specializes in marketing consulting, events, promotions, public relations, graphics & photography. She sits on the Black History Museum Planning Committee, and can be found hosting an event, helping in the community or singing and hosting anywhere between New York to Chi-town! If you are looking for an awesome events coordinator, personality for your show/banquet, creative mind, or anything concerning verses your in luck! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking HERE!
Ayo Morton, is a verses crew member and an outstanding spoken word poet and writer! She is a well respected English teacher in Richmond Public Schools and has written four books and released two spoken word cds. Her books have been well received and continue to intoxicate readers with Ayo’s ability to usher you into the stories of her characters whose lives allow you to see the Virginia poetry scene and more through their eyes. Although Ayo is known for well written books, she has been quoted saying she is not a writer “I am not a writer — prayerfully, I am a person so passionate about people that I strategically place words in order to reorder their lives.” Be sure to purchase one of her books or check her out at the next Verses event or tour date! Click HERE to “Like” her on facebook and to stay current on what this Verses crew member has in store!
Casandra Broddus, is a Verses Crew, staff member and slam champion who got her poetry start on the Verses stage. She was a member of the 2012 Richmond Slam team, and has been featured at numerous events for her outstanding delivery and gift with the pen. She is also a well loved English Teacher and can be found helping the children or serving our country in the United States Army as an MP. Although the rest of the planet may know Casandra as a police force who guards our boarders, we know her as an outstanding performer, writer and friend who is a force to be reckoned with on stage! Be sure to check Casandra out at Verses, and to “Like” her page on facebook by clicking HERE!