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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Queen of Sheba (Permanently Closed)

    Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Barry Lee

    Best place to hear spoken word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Java Monkey (Permanently Closed)

    Runner-up: Apache Cafe


    64 Third St. N.W., 404-876-5436, www.apachecafe.info


    Best place to hear spoken word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Java Monkey (Permanently Closed)
    Runner-up Apache Cafe 64 Third St., 404-876-5436, www.apachecafe.info

    Best place to hear spoken word BOA Award Winner

    Java Monkey

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Apache Cafe

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Java Monkey (Permanently Closed)
    Some are quibbling that Atlanta's poetry scene is dead. They must not have checked the vibe at JAVA MONKEY lately. Special slams held on the patio at the convenient price of free (donations widely smiled upon) and poetry nights every Sunday give this spot a name among Atlanta's elite artists of the word.more...
    Some are quibbling that Atlanta's poetry scene is dead. They must not have checked the vibe at JAVA MONKEY lately. Special slams held on the patio at the convenient price of free (donations widely smiled upon) and poetry nights every Sunday give this spot a name among Atlanta's elite artists of the word. Audiences can be heard snapping, clapping and laughing from a block away, even amid downtown Decatur's busy nightlife. less...

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Java Monkey (Permanently Closed)

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Apache Cafe

    Best Spoken Word Series BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    7 Stages Theatre (Featured)
    Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry?more...
    Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry? Best thing to hit spoken word since Saul Williams. less...

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Apache Cafe

    Best Unspoken Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Java Monkey Speaks, Vol. 2
    We cramped our brains a little trying to figure out whether it still counts as “spoken word” if you print it in a book, but whatever it is, we enjoyed JAVA MONKEY SPEAKS, VOLUME 2, an anthology of poems by poets who have performed at the weekly open mic at Decatur’s Java Monkey.more...

    We cramped our brains a little trying to figure out whether it still counts as “spoken word” if you print it in a book, but whatever it is, we enjoyed JAVA MONKEY SPEAKS, VOLUME 2, an anthology of poems by poets who have performed at the weekly open mic at Decatur’s Java Monkey. Edited by Kodac Harrison and Collin Kelley, this second edition has some serious poetry power.
    $12. Poetry Atlanta Press. 90 pages.www.poetryatlanta.com.

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    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Apache Cafe
    The old brick building is rough and raw, but the gem-colored fancy drinks are smooth and refined at the APACHE CAFE. All preceding adjectives (except “old”) also apply to the poets at Free Forum Xchange’s Sunday open-mic night as they sing their syncopated serenades to praisemore...
    The old brick building is rough and raw, but the gem-colored fancy drinks are smooth and refined at the APACHE CAFE. All preceding adjectives (except “old”) also apply to the poets at Free Forum Xchange’s Sunday open-mic night as they sing their syncopated serenades to praise pussies and political power, and twist their words with a jester’s intent. They’re lovers of language all. less...

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Apache Cafe

    Best Poetry Slam Series BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Poetry Atlanta
    For several years now, one of the greatest cities for spoken word poetry failed to field a team for the National Slam Competition, but Atlanta is once again sending its finest slammers to the big game thanks to a series of lively local slam competitions at Java Monkey, organized by big-haired beatnikmore...

    For several years now, one of the greatest cities for spoken word poetry failed to field a team for the National Slam Competition, but Atlanta is once again sending its finest slammers to the big game thanks to a series of lively local slam competitions at Java Monkey, organized by big-haired beatnik Kodac Harrison of POETRY ATLANTA, the community development extension of the Atlanta Review.
    205 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-5002. www.poetryatlanta.com.

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    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Apache CafE

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Apache Cafe

    Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Kodac Harrison

    Best Place To Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2003
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Apache Cafe

    Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2003
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Readers
    Kodac Harrison

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2003
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Java Monkey Speaks
    Since its start in the summer of 2001, the weekly JAVA MONKEY SPEAKS series has become a must-hit spot on the city's poetry circuit. Atlanta favorite Kodac Harrison officially hosts the evening, though a rotating menu of "guest hosts" helps keep the format fresh. Each Sunday night offers a differentmore...
    Since its start in the summer of 2001, the weekly JAVA MONKEY SPEAKS series has become a must-hit spot on the city's poetry circuit. Atlanta favorite Kodac Harrison officially hosts the evening, though a rotating menu of "guest hosts" helps keep the format fresh. Each Sunday night offers a different featured speaker, along with 10 open-mic slots up for grabs. What better way to end the weekend than with a double latte and some fresh, local literature? "Java Monkey Coffeehouse, 205 E. Ponce de Leon, Decatur. 404-378-5002." less...

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2002
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Apache Cafe

    Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2002
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Marlon Williams

    Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2002
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Apache Cafe
    Maybe it'll never take the place of the defunct Yin-Yang Music Cafe, but at least the APACHE CAFE is trying. Though it struggled at first to find its niche, the Apache has since taken up the mantle vacated by Yin-Yang and has continued the tradition of bringing poetry, performance art and live musicmore...

    Maybe it'll never take the place of the defunct Yin-Yang Music Cafe, but at least the APACHE CAFE is trying. Though it struggled at first to find its niche, the Apache has since taken up the mantle vacated by Yin-Yang and has continued the tradition of bringing poetry, performance art and live music to an out-of-the-way corner of Midtown. Open-mic night, called Free Forum Exchange, is on Sundays.


    "64 Third St. 404-876-5436."

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    Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2002
    Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
    Picked By » Critics
    Kodac Harrison
    Kudos to KODAC HARRISON for fostering Atlanta's spoken-word scene. Sure, he's been a mainstay on local stages for years, but Harrison has expanded beyond his monthly Blue Plate Specials at the Gravity Pub in East Atlanta, now also offering Kodac's Cool Corner at the Defoor Centre and appearing occasionallymore...

    Kudos to KODAC HARRISON for fostering Atlanta's spoken-word scene. Sure, he's been a mainstay on local stages for years, but Harrison has expanded beyond his monthly Blue Plate Specials at the Gravity Pub in East Atlanta, now also offering Kodac's Cool Corner at the Defoor Centre and appearing occasionally at Java Monkey in Decatur. Blending his signature "Beatnik Blues" with spoken-word and an eclectic musical lineup, this unique artist makes us crave even more Kodac moments.


    "www.mindspring.com/~kodac."

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