Philostoria - The Open Mic With A Twist
HOSTED BY JULIUS BALTONADO
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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:
M. Marbella (they/them) is a queer, non-binary & Pilipinx performance poet based in NYC. They’ve performed at the Bowery Poetry Cafe, The Inspired Word, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the 2017 Asian American Literature Festival, and on the semi-finals stage of the Capturing Fire International Queer Poetry Slam in Washington, DC in both 2018 & 2019. M. was also published in Capturing Fire’s inaugural anthology “Stoked Words” and their poem, “Death Seduces the Artist as a Young Man” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Along with their work as a poet and artist, M is also the Vice President of the Filipino American National Historical Society’s Metro New York chapter, which is dedicated to documenting, elevating, and preserving the stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in New York City and the greater New York area.