Orlando area poets will hold a tribute to the late poet and hip hop performer Dave Campbell (aka STRAT), on Wednesday, March 17th at Orlando’s Real Open Mic to celebrate the release of his poetry book “big bad slam poet” and his CD with the same name.
Campbell, who died in 2008, is known to many in the Orlando area arts community and beyond for his poetry and hip hop talents. He won many poetry slams and rap battles.
Fellow poet Curtis Meyer wrote, “to see STRAT freestyle was scary, not only because of the quality of his lines, but because he could go on forever. It was as if poetry was trapped in his body possessing him, trying to get out.”
Campbell’s poetry will be read at the tribute by some of the poets who knew him best, including National Poetry Slam participants. Copies of his book and CD will be available for purchase after the show. Orlando’s Real Open Mic is held at Urban Deli located at 625 East Central Boulevard and begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.