Out With The Old, In With The True
MASON GRANGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
When you go to the gym to workout, you know it’s going to be hard. You are going to push yourself. Sometimes it will hurt, but you will grow, you will change, you will get stronger, and you know that at the end of the day, you will be better for it.
So what the gym is for your muscles, a Bowery Poetry open mic is for your empathy. Sometimes it’s hard to push yourself on stage. Sometimes the truth hurts to listen to. But you know that at the end of the night, you will grow, you will get stronger, and you will be better for it.
Starting fresh in 2019, Bowery Poetry is leaning in to who we already are: a live poetry performance space where poets from all over the world gather weekly to share a piece of themselves, to connect with an arts community based in honesty, and to build a unique experience every night with a room full of would’ve-been-strangers who all showed up at Bowery Poetry simply because they had something to say.
308 Bowery, NYC
Bowery Arts & Science
310 Bowery, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10012
Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk or Not At All, ManWorld and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHub, The Recluse, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. Shes been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC Public School.
Open Language: Intuitive Writing Workshop with Emily Brandt | April 28 - May 26
Among poetry's many trickster gifts is its freedom to record our most intuitive experiences without the pressures of conventional grammars or linear time. In this workshop, we'll use meditative writing exercises to generate work that holds a microphone up to the backs of our brains. What can our associative mind reveal? What about our dreams? Our streams of consciousness? The activation of our six senses? Rather than relying on the analytic or imitative parts of our minds, well experiment with intuitive readings of a range of poets and see where such readings can steer our own creative processes. Poets of all experience levels are invited to join in this generative workshop experience. Expect to read, write, and workshop in a freeing way that lets your analytic mind rest, making space for other elemental voices to emerge.
5-week poetry workshop (noon-2 pm): April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26.