This Week in Poetry & Spoken Word Performance

February 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

[all performances held at 6pm unless otherwise noted]

Tuesday, February 9th is the New York Story Exchange hosted by Barbara Aliprantis. Format: Open MIC (5-6 min each) – There is no judging, no contest, no theme! Just great fun!. Followed by Featured Tellers: Kurt Gerstmann  and Regina Ress. KURT GERSTMANN tells funny and poignant stories drawn from his remarkable life’s journey which began prior to WWII, when he was smuggled out of Germany through a network of Catholic safe houses, to the British Mandate of Palestine, what is now, in part, Israel. REGINA RESS has been exploring the themes of desire and love for centuries…well, for a while now. Bring your Valentine or simply your heart and enjoy as we discover – through the power of story – the compelling attraction between two people, one of the great themes of human experience.

Wednesday, February 10th continues Andrey Gristman’s Intercultural Poetry Series with a presentation of the Annual Russian Magazine INTERPOEZIA. Featuring readings by New York Russian Poets.

Friday, Feburary 12th, Jackie Sheeler hosts Son of Pony with featured poet Moira T. Smith. Moira T. Smith is a poet/singer/song-writer/artist who has appeared on MNN Cable’s Poetry Thin Air and performed at the annual Clearwater Festival. She also hosts ‘The Mix’ –an ongoing performance event at Gizzi’s Coffee. Her musical repertoire includes original songs/poems in an electro-roots-blues-trance style and traditional British Isle ballads. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up for the open mic.

Saturday, February 13th, Maria Lisella hosts readings by from members of the Italian-American Writers Association. This week features Marisa Frasca, who recently retired her professional briefcase to dedicate her time to poetry, and to reviving old Sicilian folk songs. Her Sicilian poems, and her translations into English, have appeared in VIA: Voices Italian Americana, Arba Sicula, Journal of Sicilian Folklore and Literature, and Feile Festa. She is joined by Paul D’Agostino, who holds a Ph.D. in Italian literature and is somewhat employed as an adjunct professor of Italian at CUNY Brooklyn College, where he also works as a writing advisor in the Art Department.

Until next week…

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