This week's featured poets are Najee Omar and Tadeusz Dabrowski, with special guest Zuzanna Ostrowska, and musical accompaniment by Adam Bonomo Trio!
Bowery's Premier Poetry Night, with the best OPEN MIC, Featured Poets, and Music in NYC. Vote for your favorite poem to be published online at www.thepoetinnewyork.com.
$10 admission at the door. Come at 8:30 to sign up for the OPEN MIC – 10 slots, first come, first served.
NAJEE OMAR is a Brooklyn-based writer and performance artist using the language of theatre, music, and poetry to create a socially conscious dialogue through interdisciplinary art. He has read and featured at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (upcoming), 2013 Harlem Arts Festival, DUMBO Arts Festival, Au Chat Noir (Paris), and at colleges and universities across the United States. As a teaching artist, he’s turned classrooms into stages by conducting poetry and theatre workshops for inner city teens and high-need youth in schools across the greater New York City and Los Angeles areas. In 2013, he began instructing poetry/creative writing workshops with incarcerated youth on Rikers Island, an initiative that changed the breadth of his work beyond imagination. Najee's mission is to cultivate an audience of deep thinkers and inspire the next generation of change agents, one word at a time.
TADEUSZ DABROWSKI – (b. 1979) Poet, essayist, critic. Editor of the literary bimonthly Topos and the art director of the European Poet of Freedom Festival. He has been published in many journals in Poland and abroad: The New Yorker, Boston Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Harvard Review, Little Star Weekly, Crazyhorse, The Common, BODY, Poetry Daily, Guernica, 3 Quarks Daily, Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Reader, Shearsman, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Wales, 3:AM, Seam, Other Poetry, iota. His work has been translated into 20 languages. He is the editor of the anthology Poza słowa. Antologia wierszy 1976–2006 (2006) and the author of six volumes of poetry: Wypieki (1999), e-mail (2000), mazurek (2002), Te Deum (2005, 2008), Czarny kwadrat (2009), and Pomiędzy (2013). Collections of his poetry were released in the US (Black Square, Zephyr Press 2011), Germany (Schwarzes Quadrat auf schwarzem Grund, Luxbooks 2010, 2011; Die Bäume spielen Wald, Hanser 2014) and the Ukraine (Чорний квадрат [вибранi вiршi], Meridian Czernowitz 2013). He lives in Gdańsk on the Baltic Coast of Poland.
ZUZANNA OSTROWSKA, a native of Gdańsk located on the Baltic Coast of Poland, is a singer / performer with the a cappella group Poghanky. She has also recorded an album with the band Sunday Pagans in 2014.
The Poet in New York is generously supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs