Saturday, February 6, 2010

5-Time Def Poet Bassey Ikpi Headlines March 12 Inspired Word!

The hottest new poetry/spoken word series in New York City @ the hottest club in downtown Manhattan!

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
Date: Friday, March 12, 2010
Time: 7-10pm
Location: (Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Cover Charge: $10
Featuring the extraordinary lineup of Bassey Ikpi, Jive Poetic, Thiahera Nurse, & Thomas Fucaloro.

Please join us for an awesome night of passionate words.



Bassey Ikpi, a Nigerian born poet/writer who has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 5 times. Her poetry has opened shows by Grammy Award winning artists. Bassey appeared on the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams. She has also been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam. Bassey was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In the Summer of 2009, Bassey was a featured performer for Johannesburg, South Africa's annual arts festival, Joburg Arts Alive. Bassey has also been seen gracing the pages of magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, Glamour and Bust. She also recorded an original poem for the Kaiser Foundations, HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful. Bassey's personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer. She is currently working on various screenplays as well as freelance writing for social media outlets. She is also currently hard at work at her first memoir. She can be found at

Jive Poetic received his BA in Media Studies from The University of Buffalo before dedicating all of his time to good poems, classic hip-hop albums, clever t-shirts, blue pitbulls and bodega sandwiches. Jive Poetic is the co-founder of both Jam On It Poetry and The SoundBites Poetry Festival. Currently, he is the host of the Open Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe'. Jive poetic leads poetry and hip-hop workshops in the New York City Public School system and in various community centers throughout the NYC area.

Thiahera Nurse is a 17-year-old poet living in Hollis, Queens. She attends Townsend Harris High School where she is an active part of the student body. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her friends, listen to music, read, and write. She has been a finalist for the Urban Word Slam, Knicks Poetry Slam, and the first statewide NYC Poet Laureate Slam. She has written and performed in her own one woman show "Daddy Dress Up" at the Dance Theater Workshop. She is also a member of Urban Word NYC’s youth board. Writing and performing is not just a hobby for her, it is the only way she knows how to process her life. Through her art, she only hopes to transform painful and ugly truth into something beautiful.

Thomas Fucaloro has lived in Harlem for 10 years and Harlem has lived in Thomas all his life.


Inspired Staff

Mike Geffner

Marvin Mendlinger
Assistant Director

Sherri Eldin

Marron Cox

Hostess Extraordinaire

Timothy Prolific Jones
Series Consultant

Justin Woo
DJ/Sound Genius

Jerry "Jerry T" Tarantola


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