The Pittsburgh Poetry Collective is proud to present Buddy Wakefield’s A Choir of Honest Killers World Tour on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Join us at the Black Forge Coffee House I — Allentown location for Buddy Wakefield, a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National. Presented by Pittsburgh Poetry Collective.
Doors open at 7:00 PM – Show starts at 7:30 PM
Venue Address: 1206 Arlington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
BUDDY WAKEFIELD is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and has been signed to both Sage Francis’ Strange Famous Records as well as Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the first Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear, then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 2000 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.
Having spent most of his career based in Seattle, WA, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, a notably slow triathlete, a facilitator at Quantum Learning Network, and is the most toured performance poet in history.
In the spring of 2001, Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic, and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues for two years. He did not stop.
The inaugural author released on Write Bloody Publishing, and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published in dozens of books internationally with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions.
Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart. He is now based in Los Angeles, CA, where he lives as a free agent pursuing acting and screenwriting for both television and film. The world tour is supporting A Choir of Honest Killers, Buddy’s first book of new work in 8 years.