You are invited to PoetrySong, a monthly pizza party celebrating the lyricism of poets and singers. During the first half of the evening, Tj and Jess will lead the group by sharing some songs and poetry. During the second half, bring something to share for the open mike. Come help us build community in a safe and casual space! We encourage you to bring a drink, snack, finger food, or pizza nibble to share.
Ayoyinka (Tj) Oriola is a guitar & vocal musician. He also plays the Djembe. He began musical studies at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, MD. Upon receiving a full academic scholarship, he transferred to Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. There, he completed an undergraduate degree in Music. His choral and voice instructors included Dr. Molly Donnelly, Doug Bowles, Dr. Eric Conway, and Malcolm Willougby.
Though a classically trained tenor, Tj sees himself as a folk musician. He enjoys learning, exploring, and performing folk songs of the Americas, his native West Africa, and tunes from around the world. His musical influences include Pete Seeger, Bob Marley, Luciano Pavarotti, Lucky Dube, and Fela Kuti.
|Jessica Brophy is a freelance academic, published poet, writing consultant, and community organizer of the literary arts. She has a Ph.D. in English from Morgan State University. Her chapbook The Paper Girl was published by Finishing Line Press.|