Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mike Geffner's Inspired Word - A New Era Begins! Jan. 15th!

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word - Night of Stars
Grand Reopening!
An All-Star Extravaganza of Performance Poets & Spoken Word Artists
Friday, January 15, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: (Le) Poisson Rouge
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158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Cover Charge: $8

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With a plush, strikingly elegant new home, (Le) Poisson Rouge, smack in the heart of Greenwich Village, we make our grand reopening and Manhattan debut with a phenomenal must-see lineup: Shanelle Gabriel, Bonafide Rojas, Erik Advocate of Wordz Maldonado, Sabrina Gilbert, Onome, Ainsley Burrows, Akua Doku, David Lawton, Timothy Prolific Jones, Boris Zilberman, Howard Treadwell, Molly Kat, Diana Arnold, Rich Story, Yenny Love, Tantra Zawadi, Charlotte Mishell, Ilya Khodosh, Justin Woo, and more!

MCs: Sherri Eldin, Marron Cox, and Yenny Love.


Please join us for this special night. Let's show that poetry and spoken word is alive and well in New York City!


Can't wait to see you all,

Mike Geffner
Producer/Director/Founder, The Inspired Word

Assistant Director: Starvin' Marvin Mendlinger
Consultant: Timothy Prolific Jones
Logo: Gerard Cruz

Performer Bios and/or YouTube videos (in alphabetical order):

Diana Arnold

Ainsley Burrows

Born in Chicago, Illinois to Ghanaian immigrants, Akua Doku is a working poet whose poetry has been published and performed throughout the United States. Akua was a member of the 2005 and 2006 Urbana Slam Poetry Team and a member of the Nuyorican Poets’ Café Slam Poetry in 2008 and earned the title of the first female slam champion at the 2005 Austin International Poetry Festival.

Shanelle Gabriel

Upcoming actress and poet Sabrina Gilbert has performed at college conferences, venues and theaters along the east coast and in the Midwest. She continues to push the envelope in her work as she allows her writing to constantly evolve and defy the laws of gravity. In 2008 she became the Grand Slam Champion of Slam Richmond’s 2008 team, making her the first woman to do so! She also helped start Lyric Ave in 2003, which today is the largest poetry show on the east coast (consistently serving an audience of over 800 people). Her debut album "Come Get Me" took her colleagues by storm with it’s electrifying tracks and powerful messages! The album (executive produced by Ainsley Burrwos) has earned rave reviews from several internet radio shows, magazines and has not only touched fans in the U.S. but also those living in Toronto, Paris, London and Germany. Please visit Click here to find out when she’ll be at a venue near you.

Timothy Prolific Jones is a writer and media entrepreneur born and raised in Long Island, New York. He is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of André Maurice Press, an independent book publishing company. As a poet, he has performed across the country in slams, open mics, community venues, prisons, and faith based institutions. He is writing four books concurrently, earning his stage name one pen stroke at a time. You can visit his blog, CorporateBboyism.comClick here, find him on Twitter (@tprolificjones) or Facebook.

Timothy Prolific Jones and Howard Treadwell

Molly Kat is studying Creative Writing at Binghamton University. She has attended SUNY Purchase, WCC, and Cambridge University in England. She has had work published in "Ragazine" and college journals and newspapers. Currently a member of Binghamton University's slam team; Grey City Slam, she attended college Nationals for the first time, and last year went to the regionals on the Bowery Poetry Club's Intercollegiate Slam Team. Although slams have their place, she'd rather just sit around with good poets and listen... she's not big on scoring art with numbers...numbers ruin everything. Right now, all she wants to do is drop out of school and follow Sister Spit around until the tell her to get inside the van.

Ilya Khodosh

David Lawton is a performer and writer, originally from Woburn, Massachusetts. After graduating from the theatre program at Boston University, he was a Guest Artist in the graduate playwrighting classes taught there by Nobel Laureate (in poetry) Derek Walcott. He has appeared as an actor Off-Broadway, had his plays performed Off-Off Broadway, and spent ten years as a featured vocalist with the New York underground band Leisure Class. Mr. Lawton has a poem in the Americana anthology Appleseeds, currently available from Sacred Fools Press. In January 2009 he co-produced and served as a reader for Downtown Does Huncke for His Birthday, a program of stories by his friend and beat godfather Herbert Huncke.

Yenny Love is a fresh, new and strong voice who is burning up the New York poetry scene with her characteristic style, stage presence, good humor and originality. Love has been featured as a hip hop dancer in various music videos, television and independent films 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 at Rebel Diaz Arts Collective,Feed your Soul a mixture of vegan food and Poetry, Urban Juke Joint in Greenwich Village and attended Acentos poetry workshops at Hostos Community College. In June ,she made her debut as a feature in the Nuyorican Poets Café, performed in the poetry in pink event in Camaradas, various times at La Pregunta, Soule restaurant nights of poetry, she is also one of the Ambassadors of Miedo (Fear) Latin horror films and plans a line of poetry-inspired clothing.

Erik Advocate of Wordz Maldonado

Charlotte Mishell

Onome is a writer, vocalist, and performance artist whose work has been published in numerous anthologies, most recently "goodbye Billie Jean: the meaning of Michael Jackson." At sixteen, she started riveting audiences nationwide with her spoken word poetry. Since then, her focus has expanded to singing and songwriting. She contributes her vocals to film scores, live collaborations and albums. Onome's richly textured contralto draws comparisons to Sade, Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson, yet her lush harmonics, lyrical inventiveness and genre-transcending style put her in a class of her own. Her work focuses on unconventional beauty in unexpected places and the internal landscape of the soul.

Bonafide Rojas is a poet, musician and author of pelo bueno: a day in the life of a Nuyorican poet (dark souls press, 2006). he is the vocalist/guitarist for the band The Mona Passage, a poetic rock and roll art experiment. He's also the 2002 slam this! champion and has been on two national poetry slam teams, NYC/Union Square 2002 & wicker park 2003. he has appeared in Russell Simmon's "Def Poetry Jam" season 4 and he has been published in the anthologies: bum rush the page: a def poetry jam, rolecall: "a generational anthology of social and political black literature and art, the centro journal, the acentos review, and the calabash journal.

Rich Story

Howard Treadwell is a New York native hailing from Mastic and Buffalo, New York. He believes in the beauty of razorblades and roses. A coping Manic-Depressant and survivor of multiple suicide attempts, he finds his reasons for living within the first breath of morning. Howard earned a spot on the Buffalo national slam team for two consecutive years (2006 & 2007), and became the city's Grand Slam Champion in 2006. He also coached the 2008 team. Howard is AMP|Indelible's Co-Editor-in-Chief, and its resident performance coach. He was recently a member of the Spoken Word/Hip-hop group 21poetz. Current literary projects include a chapbook entitled Dreams of Loisaida, and a poetic/prose autobiography entitled Native Blood, Barrio Soul.

Justin Woo

Tantra-zawadi, an award winning - international performance poet from New York and the author of "alifepoeminprogress," has performed her soul-stirring life-poems at venues near and far such as South Africa, London and Germany. Tantra's dedication to raising awareness for HIV/AIDS includes her spoken word video "Scarlet Waters" on the Product(RED) video wall, a PSA for Betah Associates and her latest endeavor, a documentary scheduled to debut on World AIDS Day, 2009. Tantra is a member of Collective Spirits (a melodious venture of like minds creating soulful music/poetry for the dance floor), and a mentor for Girl Child Network Worldwide and is the host/founder of WORDSPACE - A Spoken Word Series. Check out her latest projects on line: The Love Planet EP, EARTHOLOGY and Poetic Stimulus. Visit Tantra on-line @ Click here, Click here and here

Boris Zilberman grew up in New York City and graduated from Hunter College with a double degree in Creative Writing and Psychology. In addition to writing fiction and poetry, Boris performs stand-up comedy and improv in his group Rural Juror when he's not working full time in internet marketing. He recently was one of the stars of "Monolgues," a spoken-word show directed by Def Poet Vanessa Hidary.

Boris Zilberman

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