REGIE CABICO (U.S.) poet and spoken word pioneer was born on this date (though we can’t seem to find the year…so I’m guessing at an approximate insertion here). Cabico, who has been called the “Lady Gaga of Spoken Word” won the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam in 1993. Television appearances include two seasons on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” His work appears in over 30 anthologies. He co-edited Poetry Nation: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (1998). He has directed two plays for the 2007 and 2008 Hip Hop Theater Festival, Elegies in the Key of Funk and The Other Side.

He has been artist-in-residence for New York University’s Asian American Studies program and at Deanza College. He is the artistic director of Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization in Washington, D.C.