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Thursday, February 05, 2009

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hello good people! Happy 2007! Here’s a quick update on where I’ll be performing for the next few weeks; hope you can make it to one or all of these great shows. There’s a slam, a crazy showcase, and a Piper Jane Project Friday night spectacular!

Also, check out the great workshops louderARTS is offering this year. These are an incredible value, and an experience not to be missed. Read on!

~ Monday, January 15: louderCHAMP SLAM at Bar 13
~ Thursday, January 18: WHAT?!: INCANTATIONS FOR ’07 at The Bowery Poetry Club
~ Friday, February 2: the Piper Jane Project with Rebecca Hart at Mo Pitkin’s

+ the next three Sundays: Down to the Bone Gristle workshop with Tara Betts!



louderARTS: the reading series presents the louderCHAMP slam, pitting the eight top-scoring poets from the season against one another in four rounds with varying time limits. Poets slamming include: Marty McConnell, Rachel McKibbens, Abena Koomson, Falu, Kesed, Roger Bonair-Agard, Jacob Rakovan, and Darian Dauchan.

Our feature for the night is long-time louderARTS favorite Amanda Lichtenberg. Born and bred in New York City, Amanda’s poems have appeared in Caesura, LUNGFULL! and Mima’amakim, in the anthology Earth Beneath, Sky Beyond and online at poetz.com. She was a 2001 Amy Award recipient in poetry and received her MFA from New England College in 2005.
louderARTS: the reading series
every Monday at 13 Bar/Lounge, 35 East 13th Street @ University Place 2nd Floor
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to 14th Street/Union Square * 7 p.m. * $6 ($5 for students)
2 for 1 drinks all night



Beau Sia is back and madder than ever, presenting a fabulous bill of poets followed by DJ Mas – it’ll be poetry, and a party, and you know you want to be there.

The show will include performances by: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Big Mike, Black Ice, Regie Cabico, Flaco, Celena Glenn, John S. Hall, Suheir Hammad, Sarah Kay, Lemon, Marty McConnell, George McKibbens, Willie Perdomo, Shappy, and Leticia Viloria. Hosted by Beau Sia, DJ’d by Mas.$7
at The Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery (between Bleecker and 1st)


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – PJP and Rebecca Hart at Mo Pitkin’s

REBECCA HART + full band

at Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction
34 Avenue A (between 2nd and 3rd)

10 p.m. -- Piper Jane Project
11 p.m. -- Rebecca Hart

Just $8 for two great shows, back-to-back!

The Piper Jane Project is Emily Kagan, Marty McConnell, Rachel McKibbens, and Lynne Procope. Four of the top performance poets in the country, these women fuse ferocity with wit and craft, producing a volatile mix of politics, passion, and poetry.

Rebecca Hart is our favorite chick with a guitar, rockstar in waiting, and this time around she’s got a full band backing her. She disappears to Ireland for long stretches of time but on this night NYC has her and the rockin’ songs off her first full-length album, “Crash & Strum.”

www.louderARTS.com/LIVE * www.myspace.com/piperjaneproject
www.rebeccahart.net * www.myspace.com/rebeccahart



The louderARTS Project is pleased to present three new workshops!
You’ve been asking for it, and here it is: a series of wonderfully original workshops for poets who want to perfect their craft and try something new. All workshops take place in Manhattan and run Sundays from 3-6 p.m. The cost is just $30 per workshop or $75 for all three (total must be paid on or before the first workshop of the series to receive the discount and can be paid through our secure PayPal links). Please send any inquiries to workshops@louderARTS.com. Workshops are designed for writers of all levels of experience.

JANUARY: Down to the Bone Gristle: Revising Your Poems with Tara Betts
FEBRUARY: A Thousand Throats: The Persona Poem and You with Patricia Smith
MARCH: Between the Sheets with Your Readers: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality with Richard Jeffery Newman
Sunday JANUARY 14, 21 and 28
Facilitator: Tara Betts
“I breaks it down to the bone gristle.” -- GZA, “Shadowboxing” How can we poets say exactly what it is we want to say? How do we get past the first draft, that rush of ideas and images? In this workshop, we will engage in exercises that reduce the excess we writers often experience in early drafts. We will discuss different strategies to avoid redundancies and extraneous words and look at drafts from work by notable poets. For the first session, poets should bring a poem-in-progress that needs to tighten its focus. One recommended (but not required) text is “The Hand of the Poet” by Rodney Phillips. Tara Betts received her MFA in Poetry from New England College and is a Cave Canem graduate. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including “Essence,” “DrumVoices Revue,” “Callaloo,” “WSQ,” “Obsidian III” and “Gathering Ground.” She also appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and SPOKEN on Robert Townsend’s Black Family Channel. She has also taught workshops at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Long Island University and in several other venues outside of academia. ***
Sundays FEBRUARY 4, 11, and 25
A THOUSAND THROATS: the Persona Poem and You
Facilitator: Patricia SmithIn this workshop, we will explore the tempting, unpredictable and vaguely disturbing practice of writing in persona. Far beyond "stepping into another’s shoes," this underrated poetic device is laughable when it’s mishandled, and devastating when it’s done well. We’ll learn to do it well.

Patricia Smith is the author of “Teahouse of the Almighty” (selected as a winner of the prestigious National Poetry Series) and of three previous collections of poetry, the children’s book “Janna and the Kings,” and co-author of “Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery.” A record-setting four-time national poetry slam champion featured in the film SlamNation and on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, Smith has graced stages from Lollapalooza to Carnegie Hall. She lives in New York.

Sundays MARCH 4, 11, and 18
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Facilitator: Richard Jeffery Newman

SEX. It’s central to our lives – but how do we write about it without resorting to cliché or seeming to write only for shock value? How do we talk about gender, sexuality, and yes, the act itself, with the same integrity we bring to all other topics? It takes courage to write about these issues. In this workshop, we will explore, communally and individually, what it means to cultivate that courage and to define for ourselves the idiosyncratic language it requires.

Richard Jeffrey Newman, a poet, essayist and translator, is the author of “The Silence Of Men” (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poetry, as well as two books of translations from classical Persian literature (both from Global Scholarly Publications, 2004 and 2006). His essays and poems have appeared in “Changing Men” magazine, Salon.com, “The American Voice,” “The Pedestal,” “Circumference,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Birmingham Poetry Review” and other literary journals. His work has been anthologized and translated into Dutch. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.


Monday, April 24, 2006

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April 24: SEMI-FINAL POETRY SLAM FEATURING KEVIN COVAL– the author of Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetic, is a poet, emcee, essayist, activist and educator who has performed all over the U.S., South Africa, Jamaica,India, and Europe. He has shared a stage with Cornel West and Amiri Baraka, opened for Ani Difranco, andclosed for Ntozake Shange. He also teaches and createsworkshops for Young Chicago Authors, the GuildComplex, and The University of Hip-Hop.

And slamming for a chance at making louderARTS National Poetry Slam Team 2006:
Jamie Kilstein
Marty McConnell
Abena Koomson
Jive Poetic
and Darian.

Followed by the most fabulishous open mic in the city!

louderARTS: the reading series
every Monday at 13 Bar/Lounge
35 E. 13th St., Union Square
7 p.m. ~ $6 ($5 for students)
2-for-1 drinks all night

Friday, March 31, 2006

louderARTS: the reading series
celebrates EIGHT YEARS of poetry and performance
at 13 Bar/Lounge (35 E. 13th St., Union Square)
Monday, April 3, 2006
7 p.m.
$5 ($4 for students)


… with showcase poets including Patrick Rosal, Patricia Smith, Bassey Ikpi, Tara Betts, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Samantha Raheem, Roger Bonair-Agard, Lynne Procope, Marty McConnell, Rachel McKibbens, Mara Jebsen, Jai Chakrabarti, Laura Moran, Emily Kagan, Rich Villar, Oscar Bermeo, Abena Koomson, Elana Bell, Matthew Charles Siegel, Scot Williams, Raymond Daniel Medina, music by Rebecca Hart and more.

Since 1998, louderARTS has provided a nurturing and challenging community for NYC artists, showcased established and emerging poets, and set a standard for excellence in fusing the written and spoken word.Kimiko Hahn is the author of seven books, "We Stand Our Ground," "Air Pocket," "Earshot," "The Unbearable Heart," "Volatile," "Mosquito and Ant," and "The Artist's Daughter." She received an American Book Award, an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, and a Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and teaches in the English Department at Queens College/CUNY.

Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of "The Good Junk" (1996), published in Take Three #1 (Graywolf 1996), as well as "The Genuine Negro Hero," (Kent State University Press, 2001); "The Maverick Room" (Graywolf 2005) and the forthcoming "Song On" (WinteRed Press 2005). An Associate Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) and a faculty member of The Lesley University low-residency M.F.A program. He co-founded The Dark Room Collective, and he has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. Mr. Ellis is a contributing editor of Callaloo literary magazine.

louderARTS' Monday reading series includes seven formats: SLAM, Pinion, louderEDGE, Raise the Red Tent, GrooveNation, OUTloud, and UPPERCASE. Each format incorporates an open mic and seeks to shape or expand the audience's understanding of poetry and the world in whichwe seek to create it.

For more information on louderARTS: the reading series, please visit www.louderARTS.com, or email curator@louderARTS.com.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

still time to register, for one, two, three or all four...

The louderARTS Project presents…

The Death of Nice II: Going Public.
a writing and performance workshop with Marty McConnell

Are you ready to dig? In this workshop, we will explore the weird, the unexpected, the dangerous, and above all the thing that makes you say "I can't put THAT in the poem!" Because often, THAT is your poem. We will look at how a few poets allow the THAT in, and how it affects the poem. We will write, and we will critique.

And then – we will take it to the stage. Once you’ve written THAT, how can you perform it? Maybe it’s not even autobiographical! Or maybe it is, and that’s even scarier. We’ll excavate our fears and figure out how (and if) to go public with our not-nice poems.

Sundays March 19 and 26, April 2 and 9
3-6 p.m.
$30 per workshop, or $100 for all four

email workshops@louderARTS.com to register
open to the public, but registration is required and space is limited
or visit www.louderARTS.com/workshops

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006

now, don't freak out -- I'm switching to livejournal.


No real reason, except for being around a bunch of LJ folks this weekend and thinking why not. Why not? Change is good.