First Thursday February highlights

Taylor Mali, one of the biggest names in slam poetry, hit the stage last night for First Thursday at Fresh Cafe.

Mali is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, a veteran of HBO’s “Def Poetry” and the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., a nonprofit organization that oversees the international coalition of poetry slams, including Hawaii’s First Thursday. He also was the official voice of Burger King.

Here are highlights from the event:

Featured Performer: Taylor Mali

First-Place Performer: Ink

Second-Place Poet: Drew Imagination

Third-Place Poet: Rob Words and Sterling Higa