This interview is with Weusi Baraka, coordinator of the Midnight Poetry Jam (now called Words & Verses) the backbone of the introduction of poetry to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Weusi has been coordinator since 1991. Midnight Poetry Jam since its inception has had featured poets, celebrity co-host, and many special guests.
The motto of the showcase is to, “bring your brightest words, and let them shine for the world, at the National Black Theatre Festival, Black Theatre’s Holy Ground.” This year (2019) Midnight Poetry Jam will be coordinated by Weusi and hosted by Larry “LB the Poet” Barron under the new name Words & Verses.
It will begin at a new time, 10:30 p.m. to extend additional “regional and local poet access” to enhance the national base of festival spoken word participants. The interview is by W. Calvin Anderson, publisher of Itz Black Theatre magazine and all rights are reserved 2019.