Pulse Poetry Open Mic ft. ODD?ROD
Thursday, Nov. 2 | 6:00PM | Infinity Arts Cafe | FREE, family-friendly event. | Sign up at event!
Born to a drug-addicted mother and an absent father, Roderick Borisade struggled hard in life during his preteen years. After losing his older brother to cancer in 1996, he named himself “Odd?Rod”. He went against the odds and pushed himself through high school to earn a full college scholarship to UNF. Starting an open mic at college, he developed leadership and speaking skills that brought in 200 students a month to express themselves. There, he learned that his story of perseverance was helping others to cope with what they were going through. It was that notion that catapulted him into every school, rehab, and jail that he could to let people know that they can make it too. Since 2011, he’s toured over 350 colleges and earned many awards including 2014 & 2016 APCA Spokenword Artist of the Year. In October of 2016, he received a standing ovation for his performance at TedxJacksonville’s “Fear Less” conference which led to becoming a speaker at TEDxTuscaloosa the following April. Most importantly, he’s inspired a nation of people to push through every obstacle placed before them and live their lives as leaders.
This event is free, family-friendly, and therefore open to an audience and performers of all ages. True to all things Infinity, the Pulse Poetry Slam allows everyone to express themselves artistically. Performance poetry is an excellent way practice and perfect performance and public speaking in general.