The Poet in New York

Mon, 12 May 2014 // 09:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)


Featuring Poets Nicholas Samaras, Melissa Goodrum, and Musical Guest Ali Carter

A night of the best Featured Poets + Music + OPEN MIC. Vote for your favorite poem to be published online the next day at

$10 admission at the door. Come at 8:30 to sign up for the OPEN MIC.

NICHOLAS SAMARAS won The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award with his first book, Hands of the Saddlemaker. Recipient of grants from the NEA, the Ruth Lilly Endowment Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets, Samaras’ work has been featured in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, and other national and international periodicals.

MELISSA CHRISTINE GOODRUM first journeyed to Brooklyn to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Poetry from Brooklyn College. Almost ten years later, her poetry has been widely published in The New York Quarterly, The Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, canwehaveourballback?, Transmission, a harpy flies down-a chapbook by Other Rooms Press and The Bowery Women Poems, an anthology. Her latest book of poetry, definitions uprising, is freshly printed by NY Quarterly Books. She is committed to publishing and actively participating in the poetry community wherever she may be.

ALI CARTER an Australian singer songwriter, began her musical journey with a love of jazz, performing around her hometown of Sydney, and in London, while living there for a spell. The ukulele then called her name, and picking up the instrument that her vaudeville comedian grandfather once played, the songs and stories began to pour out. Shortlisted in the 2009 Vanda and Young International Songwriting Competition, Ali blends the culture and sensuality of Jazz, with the personal and lyrical sensibility of folk music, always singing about something real, and close, but allowing the magic and grace of the unknown to play its part. Behind Ali is her band of merry men- double bassist Kevin Hailey and percussionist Eric Mpasi (Radio Armada, Claude Gomis, Cris Coli).