Sun, 22 March 2015 // 03:30 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

newroz (the new day), as a beginning in the ancient sense of the word, is the celebration of the new year and spring, as well as our collective resistance and struggle against the whistles that blow fear in us, against cultural amnesia and myopia, against forces that work to eradicate our human traces of / in history.

this event is dedicated to the lasting memory of our beloved kurdish bard Ahmet Kaya to acknowledge his legacy, his life and work as a monument to all children who are killed in a lesson of the state.

tickets: $10 online $15 at the door


Abiodun Oyewole -- is a poet, teacher, and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, which laid the groundwork for the emergence of Hip-Hop. Over the years, Oyewole has collaborated on more than a dozen albums and several books. He travels around the world, performing poetry and teaching workshops.

Ammiel Alcalay -- a poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar. He teaches at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include After Jews and Arabs, Memories of Our Future, Islanders, and neither wit nor gold: from then. His translations include Sarajevo Blues and Nine Alexandrias by Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinović. A new book of essays, a little history, and a 10th anniversary edition of from the warring factions came out in 2013 from re:public /UpSet. He is the General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a series of student and guest edited archival texts emerging from the New American Poetry.

Bejan Matur was born of an Alevi Kurdish family on 14 September 1968 in southeast Turkey. Her first book, Rüzgâr Dolu Konaklar (Winds Howl Through the Mansions), published in 1996, unrelated to the contemporary mainstream of Turkish poets and poetry, won several literary prizes. Her second book, Tanri Görmesin Harflerimi (God Must Not See The Letter of My Script) (1999) was warmly greeted. Two further books appeared at the same time in 2002, Ayın Büyüttüğü Oğullar (The Sons Reared by the Moon) and Onun Çölünde (In His Desert), continuing the distinctive language and world of imagery special to herself and her poetry. Bejan Matur, who believes there is no frontier between poetry and life, travels the world like a long-term desert nomad. She stops by Istanbul, a city she sometimes lives in.

Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian writer living in Brooklyn. She writes fiction, personal essay, and prose poetry, and has recently been accepted into the Hedgebrook Women's Writer's Residency program, as well as the Marble House Project. She is a singer of old Arabic songs, and runs a monthly salon out of her apartment, into which she stuffs enough people to cause a fire hazard.

Iris Cushing -- a poet and editor living in Queens. She is the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2013). Her poems and critical writings have appeared in the Boston Review, Jacket2, Bomblog, Hyperallergic, and Barrelhouse, among others. Iris is currently a Process Space resident through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and has been a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, her former home. She is a founding editor for Argos Books and studies in the Ph.D. program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Mohamad Hodeib - is a lebanese writer, researcher, and cultural activist. his work is a multidisciplinary experimentation incorporating political discourse with performance arts and public interventions. founder of el yafta (لقاء اليافطة), a beirut-based collective of young poets, performers, and cultural activists, he published his first lebanese (slang) poetry compilation “the streets” (الشوارع) in the winter of 2013 and produced his play “waiting for the next war” (بإنتظار الحرب القادمة) in the fall of 2013. he is currently based in New York, and is a graduate student in middle eastern studies at MEMEAC, he works as a freelance writer/translator.


ana ïsma viel -

DisOrient (Demet Arpacik, Onur Sonmez, Mehdi Darvishi, Erdinc Erdem)

Founded in Fall 2014, DisOrient performs the sounds of the Middle East in a "disoriented" and "disorientalized" way. Unlike most of its counterparts, DisOrient aims to perform the sounds of the Middle East without sticking to the ideas of "tradition" or "authenticity". All coming from Middle Eastern backgrounds, DisOrient's members seek the sounds of "their Easts" rather than the orientalized "authentic Easts" performed in the Western world.

Demet Arpacık was born and raised in the Kurdish region of Turkey. She grew up with listening to traditional folk music and instruments. Inspired by the Kurdish dengbêj (bard) tradition, Demet started singing for her friends and relatives. She gradually extended her repertoire to include songs from other traditions in the Middle East. She is currently singing in the band DisOrient, which has brought musicians of different backgrounds together. She is a PhD student in the Urban Education Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Mehdi Darvishi is a player and instructor of Iranian percussion instruments like daf (frame-drum), tombak (goblet-drum). In his extensive performance career, Mehdi worked with music groups such as Khalvat Gozideh, Par Savoush, Darvish Khan, and Masnavi. He has contributed to soundtracks in the Iranian national television as well as working with Tebrizden Torosa ensemble broadcast on Turkish Radio and Television.

Onur Sönmez is a musician from Turkey based in New York. After performing in Izmir’s music scene for years and obtaining his masters degree in ethnomusicology, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for PhD studies in the U.S. and moved to New York in 2012 pursuing a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He plays bass guitar along with classical guitar, drums, and piano.

Erdinc Erdem is a PhD student in Politics at the New School for Social Research. He moved to New York two years ago, following the completion of his graduate studies in London and Istanbul. Born and raised in Izmir, he started playing baglama when he was seven years old. Since then he has played in orchestras and choirs, and performed in several concerts in Turkey.


Tcheser, a drummer from NY who grew up submerged in Brooklyn's "Afro-centric" culture. Here he was introduced to an abundance of music (Rock, House, Hip-Hop etc). At an early age Tcheser played djembe with African Drum ensembles; this is where he was introduced to the drum-set and concepts pertaining to jazz.

Aquiles is a Panamanian trumpeter whose Grandfather was an accomplished cellist. Following in his foot steps, Aquiles always felt connected to music as expression. Growing up listening to his fathers music collection, his sound reflects the Panamanian culture of folkloric music, salsa and reggae. He was exposed to jazz in his late teens.


Ali Bozca