Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Inspired Word in NYC - July 27!

The Inspired Word: Passionate Readings of Poetry & Prose

When: Monday, July 27

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).

Time: 7:00-10 PM (though you're welcome to stay until closing time)

No cover charge! Awesome ambience and food! A great collection of writers and their work!

Performer Bios:

Seren Divine is a feminist, educator, performance & visual artist, producer, and award winning poet. She has toured and competed across the country, with over a decade of involvement in the National Poetry Slams, and makes a living as a Teaching Artist, leading Performance & Writing Workshops for youth from the Bronx to Brooklyn, for both Urban Arts Partnership & Urban Word NYC.

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. His poetry and interviews have appeared in the Home Planet News, Boog City, Word Riot, Rattle, Main St. Rag, Poetry Motel, Boston Globe Magazine, and many others. His latest book of poetry is "The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel” (Cervena Barva Press 2008). It was a pick of the month in the Small Press Review. He holds an MA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.

Laurel Kallen has just completed her MFA in creative writing at City College, where she teaches in the English Department. She is the recipient of the 2009 Stark Short Fiction Award and the Teacher/Writer Award. Her work has appeared in Promethean, Poetry in Performance, Global City Review, Legal Studies Forum, and The Best of Stain. Laurel was a speech writer for former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. She also holds an MA in French and is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She has two daughters in college who are strongly opposed to their mother’s presence on Facebook.

Yenny Love is a fresh voice burning up the New York poetry scene with her raw style, strong stage presence, good humor and originality. Love, 31, was born in the Dominican Republic, came to the United States when she was 11 years old, and was raised in the Poconos and New Jersey. In her 20s, Love was featured as a hip hop dancer in various music videos, but it was her love of spoken word poetry that drew her back to the limelight. She has performed at various venues, including the S.P.I.T. Open Mic Series and Urban Juke Joint. She has also attended Acentos poetry workshops at Hostos Community College.

Cindy AnaCaona Peralta, born and raised in the heart of mini- Quisqueya, aka Domincan Republic-ville, has been writing poetry since the age of 13 and never looked back. While in high school, her poems were published in the weekly paper on numerous occasions, and now, at 27, she is currently working towards her career as a writer, singer, musician, poet, and being a new mother. With a style of brutal honesty, she has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bar 13, Culture Shock at the Sutra lounge, Baltimore, Maryland, and the Latino Cultural Festival at Flushing Hall of Science.

Like many R&B/Soul artists, Stephanie Rogers knew her first love of reciting poetry at a young age. By way of a place of worship, it took a conveniently misplaced poem winding up in the hands of a church elder for her to embrace the gift of presenting written works of her own special scribblings. Since receiving her Bachelor’s from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, her scribblings have evolved into sometimes inspirational, slightly neurotic and comically erotic works. She’s been published in PLAYGIRL magazine, has been an URBANA Open Slam participant, twice a featured poet at STARK Open Mic, and 2-time First Runner up in the House of Xavier’s Glam Slam. Her newest published work, and 1st collaborative effort combining erotic art and poetry, makes its debut this summer.

Odilia Rivera Santos was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, but at the age of almost 6, her family moved from a quiet peaceful village to a crime-ridden, fire-ravaged South Bronx neighborhood. Ms. Santos draws her steadfastness and intellectual curiosity from the melding of her two beginnings. She has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry in Spanish and English in various journals and expects one of her novels to be published soon.

MC/Host: Marron Cox

All you need to bring is your love for the written word.

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