The Philly Pigeon Slam Retires a Mic for Rasheed Copeland

Last night at PhillyMOCA, featured artist Rasheed Copeland was so good, they had to retire his mic.

Or at least, that’s how the bit went at last night’s The Philly Pigeon poetry slam, where host Jacob Winterstein replaced one mic with another after Copeland opened the night’s programming.

Rasheed Copeland performing at The Philly Pigeon on April 5th at Philly MOCA

Yesterday marked my first visit to The Philly Pigeon, and highly recommend going — hosts Kai Davis and Jacob Winterstein (as well as fellow organizer Jasmine Combs) do a fantastic job of warming up the audience, creating a comfortable and welcoming environment when poets are getting on stage to share some of the deepest parts of their inner lives.

This show was the last one before next month’s grand slam, which closes out The Philly Pigeon’s 2018-2019 season, coming up on May 3rd. Buying a ticket ahead of time guarantees you reserved seating (up until 5 minutes before the show, which does start on time), and will sell out. Check out for more on The Philly Pigeon, slam rules, and keep an eye out for when tickets open up.