quiet little light,
bundle of precious,
address the world
in May's morning
before the sun could streak the sky
soft hues of rose and blue
announced your arrival
Thursday September 25,
4:00pm - 6:45pm M110
POZATIV CHAINGE, a
poetry group dedicated to preserving & promoting the spoken word in
the greater Baltimore area. Founded by BLEEK, lead host, the former
co-host of poetry nite at Essence of Thoughts-the Bookstore, teamed
with Lyrical Conscious to form POZATIV CHAINGE. Co-founder Lyrical
Conscious, former co-host of Cades Restaurant poetry nite, had the
idea of the hosts coming together to keep poetry alive in the greater
Baltimore area since venues were closing; for example Larry Stewarts,
Cades & Essence of Thoughts -the Bookstore. This venture began in the
summer of 1999, while contemplating where poetry would be held in the
fall, especially, since Lyrical Conscious & the Cades' poets began
holding open mic poetry in the open air, in the inner harbor pavilion
in front of the Science Center. After deciding to form a union, Bleek
& Lyrical set out to find a new venue for poetry, just one look across
the harbor & a possible solution was found. POZATIV CHAINGE became a
collaboration of former hosts of poetry venues around Baltimore City.
A meeting with Barnes & Noble's Community Representative, Parissa
Snider, gave POZATIV CHAINGE a venue to hold open mic poetry, monthly
- every last Tuesday. Then, in the same month, POZATIV CHAINGE secured
a second venue in the Woodlawn area that held open mic poetry monthly
- every second Saturday. The following month another venue was
secured, Les Nubian, in Reservoir Hill, with open mic poetry - every
second Tuesday of the month. So, in the span of 60-days, POZATIV
CHAINGE, had accomplished its goal, and provided a poetry venue for
youth at Sibanye's - African American bookstore on Rogers Avenue.
Prior to opening a poetry series at
Barnes & Noble - Inner Harbor (the power plant) in September of 1999
with an attendance of nearly 100 patrons, BLEEK was commissioned by
the Baltimore Office of Promotions to host & organize the Baltimore
Book Festival's Poetry Slam contest in September of 1999, 2000 & 2001.
The event, ironically, was held in the Barnes & Noble Coffee Bar tent
in 1999. Each event was a hugely successful.
POZATIV CHAINGE, a non -profit
organization, also held a very successful fundraiser at Uncle Lee's
Szechuan Restaurant in October 1999 & 2000. The program was an open
mic poetry event with a published featured poet & a live jazz band:
UNIT ONE. Them in October 2002 held a fourth anniversary show with
Temika Moore (vocalist) at Howard County Arts Center sponsored by
Harmony of the Sol, Inc.
Then, with the same speed that
venues were obtained, POZATIV CHAINGE, increased its membership from
two to four. The members are as follows: BLEEK, Lyrical Conscious, Mel
Brooks & Romelle Johnson. Later in September 2002 added new members:
Sara Heilbron, Towanda Parker (of
& Terressa McCree.
POZATIV CHAINGE was responsible
for hosting & organizing the year 2000 ARTSCAPE Poetry Slam contest on
Sunday, July 23; sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art &
Culture. Also, POZATIV CHAINGE made an appearance on the local WJZ-TV
talk show "On Time" to promote the poetry slam for ARTSCAPE. Also, on
Sunday, July 28, 2002, POZATIV CHAINGE was responsible for hosting the
first ARTSCAPE Teen Poetry Slam; sponsored by the Maryland State
Poetry & Literary Society and the Baltimore Office of Promotions and
the Arts. Also, POZATIV CHAINGE was responsible for the second
ARTSCAPE Teen Slam on 2003.
POZATIV CHAINGE has appeared
numerous times on the radio station of Morgan State University's WEAA
88.9 FM programs: Sandy Mallory Show (the Station Director), The Back
Page Talk Show with Craig Thompson, Friday Night Jazz Club with Angel,
and several appearances on The Magic Bird Show with Lasana Bill
Harvey. POZATIV CHAINGE were featured poets at Essex Community
College's Poetry Month Program in April 2000. POZATIV CHAINGE featured
at Clifton T. Perkins - Correctional facility in April 2000 & 2001.
Built a website in April 20002:
that list mission, contact info, logo & event schedule.