February 12, 13 2016
Washington Square Hotel
Can a poem make you laugh? Cry? Get angry? Fall in love? February’s installment of the Artist Room wanted to find out. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we explored the theme of “love” with acclaimed and award-winning spoken word poet Rudy Francisco.
Rudy brought his blend of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor to create a special poetry event. Couples and small groups entered a transformed hotel room where Rudy created intimate, personal performance in response to the audiences and their energy. The audience left transformed by the power and closeness of the performance – and had their perception of the hotel and what a hotel can be transformed as well.
“It was an amazing experience for me. Breaking the routine of how I normally perform and switching the environment helped me get reacquainted with my work. There were times when I remembered exactly why I wrote certain poems, what I was going through when I wrote them and what they mean to me. I was a very different experience for me, much more personal and intimate. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Read an interview with Rudy Francisco about his experience with The Artist Room.
Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of love, race, class, gender, religion and interconnected nature of human existence. Rudy has shared stages with prominent artists such as Gladys Knight, Jordin Sparks, Musiq Soul Child, and Jill Scott. He is also the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego, competes in domestic and international poetry slam competitions and had the honor of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and appeared on TV One’s “Verses and Flow.” He also cultivates young poets and expose the youth to the genre of Spoken Word Poetry via coaching, workshops and performances at preparatory schools and community centers. He has conducted guest lectures and performances at countless colleges and universities across the nation.