The 2019 Word Fest continues as Albany Poets presents the Brass Tacks Poetry + Spoken Word Open Mic, hosted by Thom Francis at The Low Beat. Our special featured poet for the Word Fest is Influence!
Sharmont (Influence) Little is a Poet from New Haven Ct. Who has been called engaging, prolific and truly passionate. He uses the art form of Spoken Word to deliver his message and belief, as quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Influence goal is to educate and inspire people of all ages and mindsets, with a strong focus on the youth of the inner cities. He has performed all over the country using Colleges like Yale, Virginia State, Boston University and host of Public schools as his platform to reach the youth of today. As well as performing at some of the most historic poetry venues such as the Nuyorican poetry Café in New York City and the Lizards Lounge in Cambridge Ma. Just to name a few. Influence made a name for himself as a slam poet winning over a 100 slams nationwide and being a five-time member of the Connecticut slam team Verbal Slap including being coach of the 2017 team and Grand Slam champion of the 2018 team. He has worked with and or shared the stage with musical entertainers Common, Mos Def and R&B artist Rome. One of His greatest accomplishments was to have the opportunity to open for the NAACP image awards. Influence first album was released in 2007 entitled Verbal Tears.
If “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” then Sharmont (influence) Little has made it a mission to use every ounce of his poetic talents to engage and enlighten his audience. Living by his own saying “Poetry is life, Live it”.
Sign up starts at 7:00PM. Open Mic starts at 7:30PM. $3.00.
The Low Beat
335 Central Ave.