Hosted by poet, storyteller and nationally known multicultural motivational speaker Bobby González, Open Mic is for poets, storytellers, free style rappers, and emerging artists of all ages. Themes are suggested to inspire, but poems and stories performed need not follow the suggested theme.
And on Thursday, July 6, the topic is: Country. Join us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at this free event (you can get more details here). No RSVPs are required. (And he will host two other Open Mics on August 3rd and September 7th (all with free admission).
Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, Bobby grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage. Bobby has lectured at many institutions including Yale University, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Mississippi.
As a storyteller he’s had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Television & Radio and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has given poetry readings at the National Museum of the American Indian, the University of North Dakota and the Nuyorican Poets Café. He is the author of several books including “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: a Collection of Dangerous Poetry” and “TAINO ZEN.”
What can an audience expect to experience at Open Mic?
They can expect to hear stories. poetry or multicultural lecture encouraging the audience to embrace the diversity in themselves and in others.
Tell us about you – how you started.
I have been an activist in the Native American Community for over 25 years and this activism brought out the performance artist in me and has taken me all over the country.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the South Bronx and still live there proudly and happily.
What do you hope audiences discover at an Open Mic?
It is my hope that when an audience attends one of my events they will realize that our differences make life more wonderful and interesting.
What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?
Flushing Town Hall is my second family. The staff and the audiences embrace me with their love, and I reciprocate enthusiastically.
What is on the horizon for you?
I am very busy organizing the annual Bronx Native American Festival which will take place on Sunday, September 24 at Pelham Bay Park.