Black & Empowered: Poetry

Next up in the Black & Empowered event series (October 27, 6-8PM at inclusivitea.), METRO is partnering with The Blunt Space to bring you a night of poetry in commemoration of Black Poetry Day. Black Poetry Day on October 17th honors past and present Black poets. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published Black poet in the United States, Jupiter Hammon, who was born in Long Island, New York, on October 17th, 1711.

During the first hour of the event, we invite you to participate in an open mic. Bring your own writing or a favorite poem to read onstage. Starting at 7PM, we will close out the night with featured poets from The Blunt Space (see below).

Light refreshments will be served on a donation basis. Please note that the maximum capacity is 20 persons, per COVID safety regulations; facial masks are required indoors.

Featured Poets:

Quin “QuinKillin'” Killings

QuinKillin’ is a 24-year-old spoken word artist and writer who advocates for LGTBQ+ rights, black feminism, and normalization of human sexuality. She is also an alumnae of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Originally from Miami, Florida, she dove into spoken word in 2011 and competed in poetry slams throughout Miami-Dade County, including Louder Than A Bomb. Currently, she resides in the Daytona metropolitan area performing at various spoken word venues and events and is navigating through life as an activist and advocate of marginalized groups. QuinKillin’ can be found on IG @queeny_bihh and every last Wednesday of the month hosting The Blunt Space Incorporated premier open mic, Real Loud Shit.

Georgia “Georgia Peach” Tate

Georgia Tate known in the poetry world as Georgia Peach was born & raised on the Eastern shore of Maryland. At the age of 13 Georgia began writing poetry with help from her older brother, to express herself and for the opportunity to finally be seen & heard. Georgia’s first open mic experience was in 2010 when a classmate invited her out to perform as a member of the poetry collective “TRIPLE L POETRY”. That one time was all it took for Georgia to feel the rush from performing. Although her love poetry was well received she felt unfulfilled. Not long after, she began writing and performing erotic poetry and became even more popular. Georgia was praised for her rhyme schemes and unmatched cadence and ultimately left her mark in Maryland before cruising to Florida for a fresh start. In the fall of 2015, Georgia found herself in a new state looking for a new home to bare her soul. It was in March of 2018 she stumbled into Smoken Words in Tampa and instantly knew she was home. While she does write and performs pieces that are not about sex, her favorite type of art to perform is erotic poetry. Carving out a space for herself as one who can engage both males & females alike was made possible from the Erotic Crown competitions held at Smoken Words. As a Queen of Erotic Poetry, having won 5 crowns, she finds her inspiration at the intersection of her personal fantasies and the truths of others. Georgia can be found on IG @georgiapeachpoetry and live in person every 1st at Smoken Words in Tampa.

Kelvin “King Soul” Dupree Jr.

Born and raised Tampa Poet King Soul starting writing at age of 16, as a coping mechanism to express his ongoing frustrations in his surrounding environment. It was during this time that he began to experience what the power of his words truly meant.Now, with over 10 years of experience, the poet, author, mentor, and certified life consultant continues to share his life story on stages throughout Florida. King Soul can be found on IG @itsjust_soul.

Register now for the Black & Empowered event series:


Oct 27 2021


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


2235 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713