International Women's Day Oxfam Slam

Join the DC Oxfam Action Corps for a free event celebrating women’s voices and honoring women who are righting the wrongs of poverty and hunger. According to some estimates, women represent 70 percent of the world’s poor. Oxfam helps women and girls overcome gender discrimination, realize their potential, and assume leadership roles in their communities. Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. Oxfam Action Corps is a nonpartisan volunteer-led initiative to mobilize public support and action for Oxfam’s work. Grab a drink and enjoy the work of DC area female artists, poets, writers, comedians and musicians. Check out the artist bios by category below! When Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)  Where Town Tavern DC - 2323 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009 AUTHORS / POETS / SPOKEN WORD ___________________________________________________ Cassia Martins - Author of Born in Rio - winner of 2012 Brazilian International Press Awards and recommended by USA Today books. A dog-lover, devoted painter and Wharton MBA, Cássia was born in the mountainous city of Petrópolis, one hour away from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After living abroad for many years, she felt a call to return to her homeland, along with her long-haired dachshund Dolce, and dedicate time to her artistic, and entrepreneurial, endeavors. Born in Rio, which was conceived in precisely 9 months, is the result of that experience. Emily Hubbard - Emily is an employment lawyer and writer. Under her pen name, Emily Cammille, Emily self published her first romance novel, Amelie and Ali in summer of 2015. Her book is based on her living experiences in France and is an expression of her love of language. As a former leader in Oxfam Action Corps, Emily has a great appreciation for Oxfam's mission and its celebration of women entrepreneurs. Emily lives in Washington, DC and is fluent in French. Melanie Carlson - Melanie is a shelter based social worker. Melanie has been working with shelter programs for the past 4 years that serve women and children who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence. She will be sharing spoken word about the resiliency of the women she serves. Yasmine Zinbi - Dance and spoken word Gina Brown - Gina is often referred to as a spoken-word comic. She is a writer who questions the questions and elicits even more questions through her writing. She performs stand-up comedy, spoken-word, and reads both her published and new works around town. Her upcoming book of Gina-isms will provide more thought-provoking musings about life. Questions can be answered at Rabiah Sol - Rabiah is an energy healer and seer and an advocate for healing of the planet by healing ourselves. She has worked for the past 30 years to educate the public about the need to work together to find solutions that benefit the global community while tailoring them to their respective locals. She works with a large network of women and men to grow ideas for sustainable resources through the exchange of culture and tradition. She has partnerships with Native American, Mayan, Maori, and other indigenous communities. Rita Hollis - Poet Alima Shaw - Alima Shaw is a native resident of Washington DC. She has been writing poetry since 2011. Her poetry revolves around themes of love, grief, loss and joy. COMEDIANS ___________________________________________________ Hillary Scofield - Hillary moved to DC in 2013 with a dream - to not live in New Hampshire anymore. Co-host of the podcast "Swing and a Miss", she has performed stand up across the metro area, including the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, and The Black Cat. Shelley Kim - Shelley Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Irvine, California, and attended school in northern Indiana. She is new to DC, but not new to comedy. Shelley has opened for Tig Notaro, Joe De Rosa, Kevin Shea, Max Silvestri, Adam Lowitt, and Amir K. She is currently a staple of DC's Underground Comedy. Davine Ker - Stand up comedian, improvisor, musical improvisor, storyteller, visual artist and a musician. Davine has performed throughout the DC area and as a featured stand up in shows in New York, Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Her family escaped from the Khmer Rouge when she was 28 days old, immigrating to Canada via a refugee camp in Thailand. Nicki Fuchs - Hailing from Murder City, Nicki is not afraid to speak her truths and welcomes you to laugh along with her at the ridiculous situations she inevitably cannot avoid. Her comedy is made up of ironic truthful stories that come from her stranger than fiction real life. Nicki has performed in Baltimore, D.C., Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Denver. VISUAL ARTISTS ___________________________________________________ Melanie Gritzka del Villar - Melanie is a Filipino-German artist who engages particularly with issues of identity and hybridism through an interdisciplinary approach using street art, painting, collage and found objects. Having participated in several exhibitions in Asia and Europe, her art tackles questions of belonging and the ongoing fragmentation of traditional concepts regarding cultural boundaries in a globalised society. Kate Deciccio - Kate DeCiccio is a DC based arts educator & stencil artist who approaches portraiture as a tool for counter-narrative, resistance & celebration. Her work is driven by her interest in race, mental health, humor, community building and structures of inequity. Murals have become a cornerstone of her work because the process lends itself to local story telling and the transformation of public space as a way of ensuring that community members see authentic representations of themselves. For the last year, as part of Black Lives Matter, she has worked on a series of portraits of parents who have lost their children to police brutality. Penny Gamble-Williams - Art has always been a manifestation and mainstay in my life. It has allowed me to express myself through various media, and it is something that I have done since childhood. I am Chappaquiddick/Wampanoag, Alabama Creek, Choctaw, African, and European. Embracing my cultural heritage and family history connected me to the arts on a spiritual level. I have had exhibits in Washington, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Kathe Koumoutseas - Born on the Island of Lesvos, Greece, Kathe is a textile/fiber artist, couture fashion designer, and horticultural worker. She was awarded the International Women In Design Award in 1983 and is an avid supporter of empowering women and serving underserved disenfranchised communities. She ran a grassroots business in textiles and fashion for over 25 years and is currently a panel speaker and presenter on topics of Indigenous & Traditional Medicine, Youth and Healing Gardens, Ethno botany and medicine, Community and Healing Gardens, and Earth Day celebrations. Hussein Saidi - African artist, Hussein Saidi, combines traditional African themes with modern style. Saidi's work is highly acclaimed internationally and has been on display at various locations including the Museum of African American Art in New Orleans and award winner for MLK exhibition, the US Embassy in Niamey, Niger. Saidi's collection of art contains an overriding theme of community and family. He attempts to unify and intertwine his two worlds - that of Tanzania and that of the United States - by focusing on the commonality among all people globally. Saidi is skilled in contemporary acrylic paintings and unique collages utilizing natural materials such as barks, leaves, husks and other natural fibers, combined in a meticulous process. 


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