Pages Matam is an international touring artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is the Director of Poetry Programming and Events for Busboys and Poets, a Callaloo Fellow, and Write Bloody published author of The Heart of a Comet (2014), which won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quarterly and was a Teaching for Change bestseller. A national and 2x regional poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform and youth advocacy. He has been a featured artist and performer on Upworthy, Huffington, Okay Africa, The Pentagon, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, BET Lyric Cafe, TV One’s Verses & Flow (Season 4 & 5), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Smithsonian African Art Festival. He is a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic.
Features have included numerous colleges and universities around the country as keynote, Diversity and inclusion leader, and a fellow. He is 2010 & 2012 DC Grand Slam Champion; 2013 Southern Fried Champion; NUSPA Nominee for Best Performance Poet male; 2014 NFHA Award in Poetry and Activism Recipient.
He has opened for Chrisette Michelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Afrika Bambaata, Andrea Gibson, and has shared the stage with Common, Mos Def, Rosario Dawson, Amiri Baraka, Sonya Renee, Sunni Patterson, Rudy Francisco, Rachel McKibbens, Saul Williams, Black Ice, Gayle Danley, Ainsley Burrows, Holly Bass, Joshua Bennett, Talaam Acey, and many more.
Individual creative writing & performance workshop – Pricing Starts at $2000
Individual Feature (without workshop) – Pricing starts at $2500 Not including transportation and lodging provided by Client.
Individual Feature (with workshop) – Pricing starts $3000 Not including transportation and lodging provided by Client.
Booking rates are negotiable on a case-by-case basis
ARTIST - Feature Performances | Speaking Engagements Hosting & Event Organizing | Specialty Events, Programming
ACADEMIA -Professional Development Courses on Engaging youth with Spoken Word | Creative writing and Performance workshops | Art Therapy | Culture, Diversity, & Inclusion Panels and specialties
ACTIVISM – Youth Mentorship & Engagement | Immigration reform| Sexual Assault Awareness and advocacy
"Pages exemplifies the ethos of busboys and poets - he is conscious, uplifting and thoughtful. His words are solidly chosen and impact the mind, body, and soul." – Andy Shallal, Owner & founder of Busboys and Poets
"Pages has a special gift with words. His delivery and style draws you in and you are sitting on the edge of your seat until he is finished speaking." – Etan Thomas, Former NBA Player Author, Voices of the Future, Fatherhood
"If young people are the ships moving poetry to the next shore, then Pages Matam is a mast. Provocative, Salient and Soaring, A poet worth knowing. Get your ticket and get on board!" – Sonya Renee Taylor, Performance Poet & Founder of The Body is Not An Apology