Artists

Patrick Washington

PATRICK WASHINGTON — aka Black Picasso, is regarded by many as one of the country’s premier performance poets. Patrick represents classic poetry for the hip-hop generation.

Forged in Washington DC’s now legendary U Street poetry scene, Patrick consistently proves himself a master of genre fusion. As part of The American Poetry Museum, he conducts interactive workshops, spreading his love for the spoken, written & the rhythmic word. As a teaching artist for Words Beats & Life, he utilizes his knowledge & love of hip-hop culture to connect young people to their communities.

Patrick has worked for several respected organizations: He still enjoys strong relationships with Young Audiences of Maryland, America Scores, Youthbuild, and the Gateway Community Development Corporation. In 2008, Patrick was hired by Youthspeaks, Inc. as a Resource Fair Programmer, assisting in various artistic aspects of the 2008 Youth Poetry Slam which was held in Washington, DC.

Several recent high profile projects have put his name alongside many notable figures. In 2009, he was hired by Tavis Smiley to narrate his national museum exhibit, “America I Am”, and as part of the Hip-hop/spoken word duo the POEM-CEES, he helped to dedicate the monument to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on the national mall on October 16th 2011.

On the musical front, the POEM-CEES have recorded 4 full length albums, been featured on dozens of compilations, and have released several singles on college radio. Their latest recording entitled “Everything You’ve Always Wanted” is available for free download at poemcees.com or bandcamp.com