Come join us at The Rocking Frog Cafe
for an evening of poetry!

Please come early to get a seat.
Suggested donation is sliding scale $5 to $15.

Rocking Frog Cafe is an independently run, local gem in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. Nestled in a lovely early-century Craftsman-style bungalow, we offer a comfortable place to study, eat and socialize. Find out more about The Rocking Frog at rockingfrogpdx.com.

 

An evening with Mighty Mike McGee
with special guests, Anis Mojgani & Brian Ellis

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Mighty Mike McGee

Mighty Mike McGee is a well-traveled "stand-up poet" and storyteller from San José, California. In the world of poetry slam, he is the first to win both the 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Grand Championship. He has toured very extensively throughout United States, Canada and Europe. Since 2002, he's covered several hundred thousand miles performing his brand of poetry and humor. McGee has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, CBC Radio and Television, and NPR's Snap Judgment. He was one of the first Americans to perform spoken word at the University of Paris, la Sorbonne in 2005. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley) for 2018 & 2019. McGee’s first collection of humor and poetry, In Search of Midnight, is available through Write Bloody Publishing. He can be found somewhere between Silicon Valley and Vancouver, B.C. as often as possible. Visit mightymikemcgee.com and follow him on Twitter: @mikemcgee

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Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts,Thrush, and Bat City Review. Anis is the author of five books, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch, The Pocketknife Bible, and his latest, In the Pockets of Small Gods. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Oregon where he serves on the board of Literary Arts. Find more at thepianofarm.com.

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Brian Ellis

Brian S. Ellis was born in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. He began writing and performing his own poetry at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Often Go Awry from University of Hell Press. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Find more at brianellis.info.


 
 

The Verse Showcase is a night of music and spoken word, where local and visiting artists share their talents in the intimate environment of our favorite wine bar in Portland, Oregon. The Verse Showcase is presented to you by NovaPDX in collaboration with songwriter Jonie Blinman.

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Join us each first Friday of the month at 7:30pm
at the Devil's Den for the show!


 
 

Wordlights is a weekly poetry evening at The Rocking Frog Cafe (located at 2511 SE Belmont St in Portland, Oregon) hosted by Igor Brezhnev and presented by NovaPDX. It is a space for appreciating and supporting poetry in its many forms. On 1st and 3rd Saturdays we have an open mic with 8 10-minute slots available and a 20 minute feature from a local or visiting poet. On 2nd and 4th Saturdays we have an open mic with 8 5-minute slots, two 15-minute mini-features and a 30 minute feature.

Sign-ups are at 5:30PM. Show starts at 6PM.

To be considered for a feature please email your press kit to wordlights@novapdx.org.

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Rocking Frog Cafe is an independently run, local gem in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. Nestled in a lovely early-century Craftsman-style bungalow, we offer a comfortable place to study, eat and socialize. Find out more about The Rocking Frog at rockingfrogpdx.com.

Your host, Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a book designer among his other sins. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects. You can find out more about Igor at igorbrezhnev.com.