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Spoken Word Mercenary
Patrick Washington: Patrick has spent the last 20 years performing, conducting interactive workshops & spreading his love for the spoken, written & the rhythmic word across the country. Forged in DC’s vibrant arts community of the mid-90’s, Patrick found a home early on in DC. Quite the shark when it comes to art & activism, Patrick has worked for several respected organizations through the years such as The American Poetry Museum, America Scores, Youth Build, and Words Beats & Life. He is constantly merging his work with artists of other genres, resulting in numerous collaborations, such as, “The Opulence of Integrity”, his 2014 work of poetry & movement with dance director Christal Brown.
His most beloved collaboration by far will always be his 18 year-long partnership as one-half of the Hip-hop/spoken word duo the POEM-CEES. Performing with the POEM-CEES, Patrick was a regular on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam in the early 2000’s and was featured by the NFL Network during the 2007 draft. In 2009, he was hired by Tavis Smiley to narrate his national museum exhibit, “America I Am”, and once again with POEM-CEES, he was commissioned to create a poem dedicating the monument to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King which he performed on the national mall on October 16th 2011. He has recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it, the position of Youth Poet Laureate for Prince George’s County, MD, which gives youth artists a direct line to government officials in recognizing youth related issues.