"New, New York Poetry" Featured Poets + OPEN MIC + Musical Accompaniment make for a wild window into New York's many poetic voices and scenes.
Featuring Poets Jennifer Blowdryer, Jon Sands, and Musical Guest Jeremy Mage.
Come to hear where New York poetry is going, and bring a poem to share your words. Twice-Monthly, Mondays from 9pm to midnight. $10 admission.
JB on JB (http://jenniferblowdryer.wordpress.com): "I’m a writer by nature, though the genres change by year and inspiration. In the past I’ve written a novel, a memoir, a dictionary, and an advice book. As a journalist I wrote a column for Maximum r’n'roll, New York Press, and Downtown. As a visionary I sang in a punk band as a teen, created Smut Fests when sex work was taboo, and am currently working on an 86ed documentary and writing and recording songs in NYC. I have a lot of seemingly random insights and observations, and am rather a newshound, surprisingly for my type."
JON SANDS (http://www.themillions.com/author/jon-sands) is a poet, essayist, and author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films. He is an adjunct with the City University of New York, a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing at Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center). He is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Rattle, The Millions, Word Riot, The Rattling Wall from PEN Center USA, and many others. He tours regularly, but lives in Brooklyn.
JEREMY MAGE (http://jeremymage.com) writes vulnerable, philosophical, funky songs. "I studied with Alan Ginsberg when I was a teenager in the NYC punk scene. I was influenced by his no-frills, buddhist song-poems at the time. He attacked the mysticism in my work, and made me ground my writing in reality" More recently, Mage participated in downtown folk icon Jack Hardy's songwriting workshops in Greenwich Village. "Jack guided me away from trends and styles, to focus on the core, timeless elements of song craft. " Mage is also a producer, and a jazz pianist. He's toured as a multi-instrumentalist with soul-jazz artist Lizz Wright (Verve Records) , Afro punk diva Tamar Kali, and Nigerian dance superhero Wunmi. He has produced and written music for Tummy Touch (London dance), Easy Star (Brooklyn reggae), and Double Moon (Istanbul experimental). "I grew up in a trailer in the woods upstate, but I always spent a lot of time in the city. I'm drawn to the spaces between simplicity and dissonance, city and the wilderness, between raw personal feeling, and a broader perspective." Mage's first full CD of original songs will be released on Tummy Touch records. He'll perform a full set with his band The Magi on Friday Dec. 13th at Rockwood Music Hall at 8pm sharp.