Carnival Haven's Fourth Annual National Poetry Month Open Mic Night


Fri Apr 19 2024 at 07:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Lips Cafe | Brooklyn, NY

Carnival Haven's Fourth Annual Open Mic event celebrating National Poetry Awareness Month feat. artists of Caribbean descent and beyond.
About this Event
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April is National Poetry Awareness Month!
Join us as we commemorate the art of poetry, along with other art forms, in an intimate Open Mic setting.

This event shines a unique light on the experiences and crafts of several multi-talented artists of Caribbean Heritage, while embracing those of the African diaspora and beyond. We bring our passions, our hardships, and our triumphs to the stage where we are able to connect based on something that we ALL share...emotion.

For the past three years, we've packed the house and let our voice ring loud (artists and audience alike), as the whole room shared in one another's sentiments. The energy has been unmatched! We can't wait to feel that again.

Carnival Haven invites you to take part in this celebration of artistry, while enjoying a delicious meal and amazing drinks from Lips Cafe.


Lips Cafe BK

1412 Nostrand Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11226


Doors Open 7 PM (Food served until 8pm)

7:15 PM - 10:45 PM Perfomances

Though it is a FREE event, we ask all guests and artists to patronize the cafe and we encourage attendees to give a suggested donation of only $15 to help us continue to provide events like this one. Any donation amount is appreciated! All those who donate at least $15 towards this event will receive a complimentary raffle ticket for a special prize. **Donations above $20 receive 2 complimentary raffle tickets!** Thank you in advance for your contribution!

Donations are also welcomed for our performing artists, on the day of the event.

***Please Note: This ticket allows you entry into the event, but does not guarantee a slot to perform. Performers should sign up via our to secure a spot.***

We invite all poets, spoken word artists, singers, rappers, musicians, and comedians to share your pieces with us and join in a moment that highlights our culture, shared human experiences, and our perseverance as a people. Artists of ALL backgrounds have participated in this event and we hope to preserve this unity throughout the years.

If you are interested in performing, please !

***Walk-ins and day of event sign-ups are welcomed, but it is time permitting and does not guarantee a performance slot.***

SEE BELOW to learn about some of our past and current performers!

Thank you in advance for your support! We're thrilled to see you all once again.


Be sure to bring your Eventbrite eTicket and ID for entry.

Early arrival is highly suggested to find nearby on-street parking!

Connect with us and stay tuned for updates @carnivalhaven on IG, FB, and Twitter!

With Love,

Manda B.


Carnival Haven

~Revel. Share. Connect.~
Meet us promptly at 7pm in Lips Cafe when doors open!
Join us for an interactive discussion on Carnival Haven's mission before performances begin. Food will be served until 8pm only! Drinks are available after.
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Check out some of our past featured performers!
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Crystal Rose is a phenomenal writer. Born of two Jamaican parents who migrated to the U.S., Crystal gains some of her literary ability from her mother's line of writers, and her creative sense in art, culture and music from her father. Taking the best attributes of her parents she is now a powerhouse of talent.

Published by the age of 12, Crystal began her journey in poetry from the first poetry contest she joined in junior high school. As a student at George Gershwin, growing up in the inner city East New York, she did not realize what she could accomplish. Crystal began her journey as a soft-spoken poet and that journey transformed into beat and sound, as she explored the rhyme and rhythm of Hip Hop and R&B. She worked with artists such as Scienze, Grey Matter Beatbox, Ashton Martin, and Producer Ski Beatz; as well as performing on B-CAT, The Brooklyn Tabernacle, and many open mic events around the city.

Crystal’s writing further progressed as she began to put a collection together for her first poetry book released on Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. The talent that comes through Ms. Rose’s writing is intuitive and empowering. Her words point the future to a feminine voice that transcends present struggles in our lifetime.

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Amanda Moore-Karim is an interdisciplinary artist focusing on developing visually stimulating, thought-provoking, Black feminist content. Her expertise includes wardrobe styling, art direction and creative writing.

After receiving a B.B.A from Howard University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Merchandising from London College of Fashion, Amanda relocated to New York City from the Chicagoland area in 2015 to discover her purpose as an artist. During her time in New York, she has been a freelance writer for Fashionista, worked in eCommerce styling for clients such as Net-A-Porter and Target, and has had the pleasure of witnessing her editorial concepts published on platforms, including Essence and Schön! Magazine.

Circa 2017, Amanda self-published an editorial magazine under the name Luxy Haus where she developed content revolving around the socio-political issues within the fashion and beauty industries, while simultaneously highlighting Black creatives within said industries.

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@ arnieisart

Born in NYC, raised in Brooklyn, aka ARNIE is an artist who believes in the power of words and music. He makes music for the people and believes great music that touches the people's souls cannot and will not ever be denied.


Where is it happening?

Lips Cafe, 1412 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, United States

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