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Forged in Washington DC’s now legendary U Street Poetry Scene, Patrick Washington has consistently proven himself a master of spoken word / hip hop fusion.  The 4 time DC representative at NPS and 2001’s Washington DC Def Poetry Slam Champion became a semi-regular performer on HBO presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, along with his right-hand man natural law DP, as one of spoken words most dynamic duos, The POEM-CEES.

In 2009, he was hired by Tavis Smiley to narrate his national museum exhibit, “America I Am” which was seen by over a million people, and as part of the POEM-CEES, he was honored to write and perform an original piece along with Grammy-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder & President Obama, among others on October 16th 2011.

The U Street activist still abiding within, he remains a constant presence representing for artists rights, and as a teaching artist for Words Beats & Life & The American Poetry Museum, Patrick enjoys conducting poetry/hip-hop workshops with young people locally & nationally, spreading his love for the spoken, written & the rhythmic word.



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