Regie Cabico

Art Form(s)
Spoken Word, Theatre
About this Artist

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including The Spoken Word Revolution, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR’s Snap Judgement, TEDx, MTV’s Free Your Mind and shared the stage with Patti Smith and Allen Ginsberg. Mr. Cabico is a teaching artist with The Kennedy Center, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the DC Commission for the Arts & Humanities.

Artist Statement

I am a poet informed by my identity as a Filipino American & openly queer artist, affected by the marginalization of those communities and the disenfranchised voices in mainstream American art. I believe that spoken word poetry is a unique American art form like jazz, that blends theater & literature. I am a poet who promotes spoken word art culture & who believes that poetry & the sharing of one’s poetry on the stage is a political act. I strive to push my poetry & performance with comedy and danger, driving them to the gleeful edge, turning emotions on a dime. I use theatrical improvisation to inspire poetry. Poetry is intense feeling plus imagery. I encourage students to be themselves & to play with language to create their own poetic showstopper.


"Cabico’s work holds the same kind force and power that Lady Gaga projects! Thrilling! If you have a chance to see him perform, don’t miss it!" —Kenyon Review

"The Fairy Godmother of Spoken Word Poetry!" —Washington Post

"Cabico's eloquence as a poet is extraordinary!" —Broadway World