With emotions and words, Valawaughn McCain is looking forward to continuing a new poetry tradition in Sampson County.
The third year anniversary of Spoken Word “Poetry With A Twist” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Ribeyes Steakhouse, 100 Westover Road, Clinton. McCain created the first poetry night a few years ago to expose residents to poetry and the oral art of spoken word.
“Never in a million years would I of thought that this would be running as long as it has,” McCain said.
The upcoming show will feature Robin “Sh8kes” Williamson out of Durham. Along wit poetry, Williamson is a music artist manager, writer and co-founder of Evolution Camp Music Company. Williamson and work from associated artists has been featured in media and broadcast outlets such as Jet Magazine, XXL, The Source and HipHopDX.
Along with giving people a chance to hear poetry, another purpose for the event is for inspire and motivate people. McCain said poetry helped her through a difficult periods in her life, while dealing with a divorce. Gathering are held throughout the year.
“Even though my pain prompted me to see poetry for the first time just to get out the house, it has now become my joy with sometimes over 50 people in attendance,” McCain said. “We tell our stories for all to hear and heal from them as well.”
Attendees are being asked to provide a $5 donation and to patronize the Ribeyes restaurant. For more information, contact McCain at at 910-214-0648 or visit the event’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2lli3la. Additional information about Spoken Word “Poetry With A Twist” is available at www.facebook.com/spokenwordpoetrywithatwist.
“The people of Sampson County seem to enjoy it and come to Ribeyes every other month and enjoy dinner and a open mic poetry show,” McCain said. “I am grateful to God for using someone like me to bring something like this, that I love, to my community. I am thankful to Ribeyes for providing the venue and food. Donations from the guest make it possible, their presence makes it possible.”