Spoken-word event to showcase local talent

Devyn Mode, Staff Writer

Groove Speak, a showcase of spoken word, dramatic dialogue, and hip-hop, is scheduled for September 24 at 7:00 pm and will showcase the talents of Mercer students and Macon residents.

The event will take place at the 567 Center for Renewal and it will feature songwriter Royce Lovett.

Courtesy of the Royce Lovett Youtube Page

Members of Mercer’s poetry group, Point B.L.A.N.K.,  look forward to performing and watching, but also to connecting with the community.

“I’m really excited to see if we can make our art prominent in Macon and on campus,” said Avery Braxton, sophomore. “I feel like this is a great avenue with which to do so.”

Groove Speak is among the few spoken word events which occur off campus and involve Mercer students and artists of the community.

“It should be really big for the poetry scene in Macon,” said Ryan Jones, Masters student and Point B.L.A.N.K. president.

In preparation for the event, poets are currently practicing with peers as well as individually.

“As an artist you can only hope everything goes as planned, but if it doesn’t at the end of the day we do it cause we love it,” Braxton said.

Point B.L.A.N.K. members said they look forward to not only their own performances, but those of their peers as well.

“It is a pleasure to see many young artists blossom into wonderful spoken word artists, and it will be a sight to see everyone execute their art on stage,” said Afrika Hamilton, senior.