Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Inspired Word: Passionate Readings of Poetry & Prose/May 4!

The Inspired Word: Passionate Readings of Poetry & Prose

When: Monday, May 4
Time: 7:00-10 PM (though you're welcome to stay until closing time!)
Location: Tierra Sana Restaurant
100-17 Queens Blvd & 67th Road
Forest Hills, Queens
New York City

By subway, take the local R or V to 67th Avenue stop (and it's right there between 67th Road and 67th Avenue along Queens Boulevard).

Free wine tasting! Free appetizers! Awesome ambience and food! A great collection of writers and their work!

Performer Bios:

Babette Albin is a poet and enterpreneur who hosts The Back Fence poetry readings in downtown Manhattan. She sums herself up with this poem:

How is this poet different from all other poets?
Sunny disposition. Married w. children.
Not teaching English (anymore). Drives a Hybrid.
Home renovation is her passion.

How is she similar?
Is in love with the sound of her own voice.
Calls on the Muse frequently.
Enjoys a good argument.
Reads with ferocity. Writers with veracity.

Diana Arnold moved to NYC (from Los Angeles...please dont tell anyone) when she was 17 and never looked back. But she has been looking around, a lot, since she arrived. With acting training from NYU Tisch, and writing training from The New School she's been steadily performing original solo work throughout the city for the past seven years. She is working on a full length one woman show for the fall that blends poetry and monologue for a rhytmical narrative, and can currently be seen in Monologues at The Triad Theatre.

Shanna Compton's books and chapbooks include Down Spooky, For Girls (& Others),Big Confetti (with Shafer Hall), Scurrilous Toy, and others. Her poems and essays have appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry 2005, McSweeney's, Verse, No Tell Motel, Coconut, Abraham Lincoln, and the Poetry Foundation website. For more info, see,, or

Marron Cox is a singer/songwriter who's also the MC/Host of The Inspired Word and a notorious pool hustler. Originally from North Carolina, she's been heard in New York City subways--from Union Square to Times Square--and many Greyhound stations across the country.

Josh Medsker is a teacher and writer from Alaska. Josh began his writing career as a journalist, and wrote for magazines and newspapers in Alaska, California and Texas. He began writing prose and poetry roughly ten years ago, and is in what he and Larry Brown like to call "The Apprentice Period". He has enjoyed extremely modest success, having published work in, and AK Verve. He currently lives in Astoria, Queens, and can be reached at

Terri Muuss is an actor, poet, teacher, director, and social worker. She is the writer and performer of the one-woman show Anatomy of a Doll, which she performed at the Abingdon Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, 14th Street Y, 63rd Street Y, Producer’s Club, Theatre for the New City, Cornelia Street Café, and St. Clement’s Theatre. She was also the co-producer and host of the monthly poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years, and has read her poetry throughout NYC, at the 14th Street Y, Blue Stockings, Makor Theatre, and Cornelia Street Café.

Christine Timm is a NYC performance poet who produces and co-hosts the NYC College Slam, the annual international Love Poetry Hate Racism event, and Bowery Kids - all at the Bowery Poetry Club. She also co-produces and co-hosts the Smalls Jazz Club Lit Series. She has a Ph.D. in English Lit with dissertation on the Beats and spoken word and teaches poetry, creative writing, and composition at Westchester Community College. Christine’s “Sleeping with . . .” series book is forthcoming on Smalls Book Press.

Lauren Willig is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series, which follows the antics of spies during the Napoleonic Wars. The recipient of a degree in English history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard law, she lives in New York City.

MC/Host: Marron Cox.
Assistant MCs/Hosts: Laura Moisin, Aaron Wimmer, Sacia Bodden.

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