Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Inspired Word - Thursday, May 13! Jeanann Verlee, Jon Sands, ShadoKat + Open Mic!

Mike Geffner presents The Inspired Word, featuring Jeanann Verlee, Adam "ShadoKat" Bowser, Jon Sands, and a 10-slot open mic!

When: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Where: (Le) Poisson Rouge (downstairs gallery)
158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Time: 7-10pm (open mic sign-up starts at 6:30pm; ask for Adrian or Marvin)

Cover Charge: $10

Must be 21 years of age or older. Please make sure to bring ID.



Jeanann Verlee is an author, performance poet, editor, activist, and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and winks at boys. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including The New York Quarterly, FRiGG, PANK, decomP, Danse Macabre, and The Legendary, among others. Her poems have also been included in various anthologies such as “Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women” and “His Rib: Poems Stories and Essays by Her.” Verlee’s first full-length book of poems, Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody Publishing), was released in March 2010. She has represented New York City three times at the National Poetry Slam under two of the most highly-regarded poetry performance series in the nation: Urbana Poetry Slam and The louderARTS Project. She lives in New York City.

Jon Sands has been a full-time independent teaching & performing artist since 2007. He's a recipient of the 2009 New York City-LouderARTS fellowship grant, and has represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam, subsequently becoming an NPS finalist. Jon has performed and facilitated workshops with university and arts organizations throughout North America, and is currently the Director of Poetry and Arts Education Programming at the Positive Health Project, a syringe exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan, as well as a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC. Jon's poems have appeared in decomP magazinE, Suss, The Literary Bohemian, Spindle Magazine, The November 3rd Club, and others. He is also one-fourth of the nationally acclaimed electricity-fest, The SpillJoy Ensemble. Jon lives in New York City, where he makes better tuna salad than anyone you know.

A New Jersey Native, ShadoKat has exploded upon the spoken word scene rousing audiences across the United States and Europe while featuring at venues such as The Green Mil Theatre in Chicago, Club Cargo in London, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and even garnering a 3rd place finish at the Apollo Theatre's renowned Amateur Night. In 2006, he reached another high level of acclaim when voters across the nation named him the National Underground Spoken Word and Poetry Award's Male Performer of the Year. Using hip-hop influenced style and cynical humor, his passionate messages don't shy away from various topics; speaking on social awareness, and community issues. His highly anticipated album, Rebirth of the Mic', was released in April 2006, and he won another National Underground Poetry Award in 2007 for his poem, “The Last Poet on the Open Mic”. In 2008, ShadoKat co-founded a touring poetry collective called “Words with A Pulse” and has been a featured performer and lecturer at many colleges and universities including Rutgers University, Depaul University, Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Currently he is working on his forthcoming Spoken Word Album and is performing as part of the Spoken Word Almanac Project creative cast.


The NEW 10-slot OPEN MIC will go to the first 10 people to sign up at the door. Get there early. Each reader gets 2 1/2 minutes.


Mike Geffner

Marvin Mendlinger
Assistant Director

Timothy Prolific Jones
Series Consultant

Sherri Eldin

Eliel Lucero

Marron Cox
Hostess Extraordinaire

Adrian Wyatt
Open Mic Mistress

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chiccoreal said...

Dear Mike: Wow! This sounds really far out! What a cool happening! A night of poetry readings, beatniks and soft jazz. Right in my element. It can get loud. As a younger person I use to "do" the gallery art scene quite frequently. Now that I'm in the boonies I can only dream. Oh I'll get back to NY! For sure! Have a great time and youtube it for me! Txs!

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