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Philostoria featuring Jan Noble

  • Bowery Poetry 308 Bowery New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Philostoria - The Open Mic With A Twist
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Bowery Poetry is the place for poets, and that also means this is a place for your voice, your art, and your STORY. Philostoria brings you the stories that shape the art, the vision, and the heart of every poet that shines their light into the world from our stage. We are building a community of poets, which not only showcases relevant work, but also uncovers the person behind the poems!

HERE'S THE TWIST: Before each performance, the host will ask the poet to join them on stage for a short chat, and ask a simple question: what's your story? The host will also have a list of prepared, random, insightful, philosophical, or food-related questions from which they will pick one to ask the poet before each performance!

In the interest of equal-opportunity intrusiveness, at the end of the evening, the crowd also gets to head to the stage to ask the host some questions!

It's an open mic, and so do you! Just remember - it's 3 minutes per person!

So - WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Join us at Philostoria and tell us all about it! Tell your friends, or better yet - come by and bring them with you!


About The Feature:

We'll be having the American premiere of My Name Is Swan - a film of a poem by Jan Noble, directed by Adam Carr, music by Samuel Kilcoyne & Takatsuna Mukai.

Launched at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Jan Noble has performed his poetic monologue My Name is Swan at every ‘swan’ pub in London and at venues and festivals across Europe, most recently with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

He has read it on BBC Radio and a film of the poem premiered at the Curzon Cinema at the East End Film Festival. The text is currently being set on the Università degli Studi di Milano syllabus.

Drawing on Jan Noble’s 15 years experience teaching poetry and creative writing in prisons and on psychiatric wards, My Name Is Swan describes a 24 hour journey across London.

An odyssey of loss and belonging, lies and loyalty, ownership and neglect, Brexit and heartbreak, drugs and the suburbs, boredom, football violence, vandalism, happiness, isolation, addiction, rivers, shopping trolleys, love, hope and the metropolitan malaise…

Addressing the growing social and economic disparity of the modern city, it is most of all a beautifully evocative portrait of London, the struggles it presents and the solutions it offers.

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