This week's featured poets are Tony Award-winning poet beau sia, Fly, and special musical guest Ellen Winter, with jazz by Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes, and your host Nikhil Melnechuk!
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.
BEAU SIA (www.beausia.com) is a Tony Award-winning poet and world-renowned performer, featured on all 6 seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and the winner of two National Poetry Slam championships. He is the author of the poetry books "A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge" and "The Undisputed Greatest Writer Of All Time." As an educator, he has been mentoring youth for organizations such as YouthSpeak, Urban Word NYC and Get Lit - Words Ignite. Beau currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his first solo play.
FLY (www.peops.org) is an Artist, Writer, Zinester and Musician and long time Squatter in the Lower East Side NYC. She is a member of the World War 3 Illustrated collective (politically active comics) and has produced her own zines since 1984. Several books published include CHRON!IC!RIOT!SPA!SM! (1998 Autonomedia) and PEOPs protraits & stories of people (2003 Soft Skull). Currently Fly is still working on the PEOPs project which documents lives of people who live actively and passionately. Fly has also been documenting the squatting movement in NYC since 1989 and is working on a project called UnReal Estate; A History of Squatting in the Lower East Side. She has worked with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space doing radical walking tours and has done many squatter/homesteading history presentations on the east and west coasts. Fly was the recipient of a 2013 Acker Award for “excellence within the avant-garde” for her PEOPs Project.
ELLEN WINTER (www.ellenwintermakesthings.com) is a performer, composer, and playwright hailing from the woods of Fairfax, Virginia currently camping out in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014 with a BA concentrating in vocal performance, music composition, and playwriting. Her senior thesis, Let Me Lie Here, an electronic-folk musical infused with Greek tragedy, won the David Lindsay-Abaire playwriting award.
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