Curated by Danny Simmons, the reunion will feature Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker and many more.
Curated by Danny Simmons, the reunion will feature Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker and many more.

Curated by Def Poetry Jam founder Danny Simmons, the reunion will bring Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker, Steve Colman and many more to Brooklyn!

RestorationART is celebrating the launch of its 2018 – 2019 season with a very special event: The Def Poetry Jam Reunion, curated by Danny Simmons and featuring poetic legend Sonia Sanchez will come to the Billie Holiday Theatre on Saturday, September 15.

The two shows will feature a dynamic, diverse and renowned group of spoken word artists including acclaimed poets Ursula Rucker, Steve Colman, Liza Jessie Peterson, Bonafide Rojas and Derick Cross, and will be hosted by Craig “SirmuMsila” Grant aka “muMs da Schemer.”

“Our poets have always been our prophets. We launch the RestorationART season, understanding and affirming the power of the spoken word,” stated Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director, RestorationART. “We open the sacred space of theater to these extraordinary artists to speak truth to power and to build bridges – not walls – to connect us as a human race from all walks of life.”

The advent of Def Poetry on HBO was years in the making. Through the efforts of Bruce George, Deborah Pointer and Danny Simmons, the Def Poetry Jam concept was presented at venues across the country, like the Billie Holiday Theatre, advancing the cultural importance of spoken word poetry. HBO presented Def Poetry Jam to homes across America; the show went on to garner a Peabody Award and a Tony Award.

Danny Simmons, who made Central Brooklyn his home for decades, is bringing this reunion to RestorationART, the artistic home to the largest African American community in the nation.

Def Poetry Jam Reunion

“From the beginning, we knew our poetic voices could make a huge difference on the cultural landscape of America,” stated Danny Simmons, co-creator and executive producer Def Poetry Jam. “Representing some of our strongest voices out of seven seasons, this reunion at RestorationART will bring the word and deliver the message.”

Def Poetry Jam Reunion will run for two shows only on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm at The Billie Holiday Theatre. Tickets are $30 and can be found at (866) 811-4111, or

Def Poetry Jam Reunion

When: Saturday, September 15 | 3:00pm and 7:00pm | $30

Where: The Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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