Growing up in the ’90s and being a fan of poetry meant staying up late to watch shows like Def Poetry Jam and spending endless hours roaming the library's stacks to find the poet that spoke to the soul.
With the environment of the poetry scene changing along with the evolution of technology and digital spaces, the face-to-face poetry scene has slowed. Dre Sansbury is looking to change that with Pull Up Poet. The event is hosted by Fayetteville State University and the FSU Department of Performing and Fine Arts, with the support of The Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County on Jan. 27th at 7 p.m. at Butler Theater on 1200 Murchison Rd. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for FSU students with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/30441983/pull-up-poet-fayetteville-butler-theatrefayetteville-state-university
Six legendary poets will hit the stage for a captivating and interactive night of spoken word poetry and some surprises that you’ll have to be there for. Featured poets are Suave the Poet, Nick Courmon, Sh8kes, Poetic Zae, Megan Rickman, and Tam’ia King.
Sansbury promises the event will move the soul through the words about the human experience. Each performer has taken great care to create a journey for the audience, unlike anything they have experienced thus far in poetry.
One thing that won’t be a surprise is the event’s live taping to be featured on Amazon Prime Video. Even with the event set for release on the mega platform, Sansbury has secured the freedom to keep everything from production to sponsors local.
“I’m being allowed to use my own team. I’m being allowed to produce it…Everything is self-made in terms of everything being authentic and everything being Fayetteville. I’m allowed to use Fayetteville-based everything. All the poets are from North Carolina, but not from Fayetteville,” Sansbury said of his dedication to keeping this event fueled by local experience and creativity.
This event is not the first event for Sansbury. As an active veteran member in the poetry community, Sansbury has made a living from his words, literally. He currently hosts shows up and down the East Coast, mainly in Philadelphia and Atlanta. He also teaches poetry to middle and high school students through his collective Lost Voices. Not to leave the little ones out, he just added a poet who is creating a curriculum for teaching poetry to elementary school students.
Schools interested in bringing the Poetry Education program to their school can contact Sansbury directly via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those looking to become a sponsor, there are options for businesses of all sizes. Smaller sponsorship packages range from $100 to $500 with some sponsorship perks like business logo placement on flyers, tickets to the event, and t-shirts.
For businesses looking to invest more, sponsorship packages range from $750 to $1,500 with sponsorship perks including business logo placement on banners, front-row tickets to the show, performer meet and greet, and logo featured in the Amazon Prime Video. Details about sponsorship packages can be found online.
To stay up-to-date on the latest poetry events happening around the city, join the Facebook group Poetry in Fayetteville at https://www.facebook.com/groups/480905015309199.