Celebrating a Sacred Space for Women’s Voices: Women Writers in Bloom

Sun, 23 March 2014 // 03:30 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

JP Howard curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS). This event kicks off the Salon’s Spring 2014 Series at Bowery Poetry for Women’s History Month and showcases the diverse and powerful voices of Salon poets! Tickets $10

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

KEISHA-GAYE ANDERSON is a Jamaican-born poet, author, screenwriter, and journalist. Most recently, she was chosen to participate in the 2013 Callaloo Writers Workshop, held at Brown University. That same year, her essays were published in two anthologies: Captured by the City: New Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies(Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and Bet on Black: African American Women Celebrate Fatherhood (Kifani Press). In 2010, Keisha was short-listed for the Small Axe Literary competition and also named a fellow by the North Country Institute for Writers of Color. Her poetry has appeared in Small Axe Salon, Renaissance Noire, The Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Caribbean in Transit Arts Journal, The Mon Egg, and Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon Blog. Keisha is currently concluding her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) at The City College, CUNY. For more about Keisha, please visit http://www.keishagaye.com

AMBER ATIYA has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in Vinyl Poetry, Anti-, Muzzle Magazine, and Kweli Journal. She is a great aunt, queer poet, native Brooklynite, and member of a women’s writing group celebrating 12 years this spring.

CHERYL BOYCE-TAYLOR is a poet, educator and founder of The Calypso Muse Reading Series, and The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series. The author of three collections of poetry, Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows and Convincing The Body. She has curated readings and taught poetry at: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Poets & Writers, and Poets House. Her poetry has been commissioned by Jacobs Pillow, The Joyce Theater and the National Endowment for the Arts for Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence Dance Company. Cheryl's poems are currently installed in glass in a permanent exhibit at Brown University in Rhode Island titled, "LINES OF SIGHT" by artist Diane Samuels. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including: PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Mom Egg Review, ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and in Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women.

CHARLEEN McCLURE is a young poet currently residing in New York City. She was born to Jamaican parents in London, England and later immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor’s in English-Literature, she moved abroad to teach in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. Since moving to New York City, she's become part of the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and has participated in various Cave Canem workshops. Her work has been published in African Voices magazine.

JP HOWARD aka Juliet P. Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, member of The Hot Poets Collective and native New Yorker. She curates and nurtures Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS), a forum offering women writers at all levels a venue to come together in a positive and supportive space. WWBPS hosts monthly literary Salons in NY. JP was selected as a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow and was a finalist for Astraea’s Lesbian Writers Fund for poetry. Her poems have been published in: Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, The Best American Poetry Blog, Stand Our Ground Anthology: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, MiPOesias iPad Companion, African Voices Magazine, Kweli Journal, The Mom Egg, “Of Fire, Of Iron”, Talking Writing, Muzzle Magazine, Connotation Press and Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009. Visit & "Like" the Salon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenWritersinBloom.PoetrySalon

Tickets: $10