Featuring James Ragan, jazz duo Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes, and your host Nikhil Melnechuk.
JAMES RAGAN is a poet, playwright and screenwriter. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Hunger Wall, Lusions, Too Long a Solitude, and he is the co-editor of Yevgeny Yevtushenkp. Rayan's work has been translated into over twelve languages; Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus are two heads of state he has read for. In 1985, he was one of four poets from the west chosen to read for Mikhail Gorbachev at the 1st International Poetry Festival in Moscow. Bob Dylan, Robert Bly, and Seamus Heaney were the other three. He worked for Paramount Pictures as a screenwriter and worked in other production capacities on Academy Award winning films The Godfather and The Deerhunter. He has a PhD and has served for over 25 years as the Director of the Graduate Writing Program at the University of Southern California. In 1996, BUZZ Magazine named Ragan as "One of the 100 Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference." He is the subject of the documentary, "Flowers and Roots" (Arina Films, Slovakia, 2015).
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.
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The Poet in New York is generously supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.