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Aug
17
Thu
The Other Side of Violet – Book Release Party @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for the release party for great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet The Other Side of Violet front cover

Featuring E.J. Antonio, C. Bain, Billy Cancel, Isa Guzman, Omotara James, I.S. Jones, Kearah-Armonie, Nkosi Nkululeko, and Shane O’Hanlon

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro

The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.

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2 drink minimum (alcoholic or non)

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

E.J. AntonioE.J. Antonio is a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Cave Canem Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of the chapbooks Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series, 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013) and a CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session.

Corrina Bain by Syreeta McFaddenC. Bain is a Brooklyn-based gender-liminal writer-performer. His poetry collection Debridement (great weather for MEDIA, 2015) was a finalist for the 2016 Publishing Triangle Awards. He has published poems, reviews, and interviews in anthologies and journals including Muzzle Magazine, PANK, The Rumpus, BOOTH, and the Everyman’s Library book Villanelles. He is an Artistic Associate with Sacred Circle Theatre Company, holds a mental health focused master’s degree, and works extensively with embodiment, trauma and sexuality. But he’d rather just dance with you.

Billy CancelBilly Cancel has recently appeared in Pouch, Boston Review, and Skidrow Penthouse. His latest body of work, PSYCHO’CLOCK, is out on Hidden House Press. His collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW will be published by BlazeVox in 2017. Billy Cancel is half of the noise duo Tidal Channel.

Isa Guzman is a poet from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Invading the invisible borders of his mind, he writes to explore his puertorriqueñidad in all its rich history and personal testimony. He recently received his BA in English Literature from Hunter College. He has been published in journals including The Same Magazine, Symmetry Pebbles, Inclement Poetry, Tribe Magazine, and Underground Voices; and is also the recipient of The Edith Goldberg Paulson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing.

Omotara James is a British-born American poet and essayist. The daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants, she is an MFA candidate at NYU. A 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow, she is Third Place Winner of the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, the recipient of Slice Literary’s 2016 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, as well as the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work appears in Winter Tangerine, The Recluse, Cosmonauts Avenue, Luna Luna, and elsewhere. Omotara has received scholarships from Cave Canem and the Home School.

I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop head hailing from Southern California. She is a fellow with The Watering Hole and BOAAT Writer’s Retreat. I.S. is very Blk & loud about her joy. She is the Assistant Editor at Chaparral, a literary magazine based in Southern California. Her works have appeared in The Harpoon Review, Fat City Review, Qua Magazine, The Blueshift Journal, SunDog Lit, Matador Review, Wusgood.black, and other publications.

Kearah-Armonie is a poet, spoken word artist, MC, filmmaker, blogger, and writer from Brooklyn. She recently completed her B.A. in Documentary Film Production at Brooklyn College, where she hosted and facilitated events as part of the school’s poetry slam team. Having performed spoken word since 2011, she is now a mentor and teaching artist, continuing to perform all over NYC. Her most recent documentary short, BLK GRL POET, a spoken word-driven chronicle of the Black Lives Matter protests in NYC, has been featured in the Women of African Descent Film Festival and the 34th Annual Brooklyn College Film Festival.

Nkosi NkululekoNkosi Nkululeko is a Callaloo fellow and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. He was featured on TEDxNewYork and his work can be found in No Token, VINYL, Before Passing (great weather for MEDIA, 2015), PANK, and other publications. Nkosi lives in Harlem, New York City.

Shane O’Hanlon is a logistician for Doctors Without Borders. He has worked in Lebanon, Uganda, Central African Republic, India, and throughout Central America. Shane says, “Whether writing about the refugees I currently live and work with, nostalgia for home, or writing a language poem, I strive for an art that is free and striving: free from expectations or rules, and striving to express the part of ourselves which is impossible to describe but—as humans—we are trying to describe all the time.”

 

Aug
20
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Andy Clausen, Pamela Twining, and “Bad Stanza” Andy Clausen, Pamela Twining

Hosted by George Wallace

Plus open mic

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ANDY CLAUSEN has traveled and read his poetry all over North America and the world. (New York, California, Alaska, Texas, Prague, Kathmandu, Amsterdam and elsewhere) He was co-editor of, POEMS FOR THE NATION, with Allen Ginsberg and Eliot Katz (Seven Stories Press). He was an editor at LONG SHOT Magazine. Andy has written about his adventures with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Ray Bremser, Janine Pommy Vega, Peter Orlovsky, and many others of the Beat Generation. He is the author of 40th Century Man and Home of the Blues, among other books of poetry. His new book, The Latter Days of the Beat Generation: A First Hand Account will be published in the fall.

PAMELA TWINING has traveled the US with her partner, poet Andy Clausen, performing her work in California, Colorado, New York City, Michigan, Wisconsin and places in between. Her work has appeared in Big Scream, Big Hammer, poetrybay, The Café Review, Napalm Health Spa, and Heyday!, among others. With Andy Clausen, she is co-curator of  “The Invisible Empires of Beatitude” page at The Museum of American Poetics (www.poetspath.com). In addition, she is author of three chapbooks, i have been a river…, utopians & madmen and A Thousand Years of Wanting; the Erotic Poetry of Pamela Twining.

BAD STANZA is an ageless, Earth-born poet, and a tempest of anxiety and fear. He thinks you look nice today, and loves you very much

Aug
27
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Yael Baron, Damian Rucci, and Sykes Hartmann

Hosteyahl barrond by Thomas Fucaloro

Yael Baron is a Performance Artist and Mental Health Advocate and Activist whose goal is to Educate the public and highlight the more human side of those living with Mental Illness.

sykes hartmannSykes Hartmann began performing spoken word in 2010 and is the current slam master of the Jersey Shore Poetry Slam. His writing is the product of a steady intake of punk music, surrealist art, and post-modern literature, and touches on topics such as dreams, UFO sightings, and a love/hate relationship with the suburbs of New Jersey. Sun sign: Leo. Musical accompaniment of choice: singing bowl. Favorite movie: 1991’s Point Break. He maintains a blog at sykeoutpoetry.tumblr.com and distributes self-published zines at whatever slams and open mics he finds himself at.

damian rucciDamian Rucci is a writer and poet from New Jersey whose work has recently appeared in Beatdom, Eunoia Review, Horror Sleeze Trash, and basements and coffee shops across the country. He is the author of The Former Lives of Saints, Tweet and Other Poems, and A Symphony of Crows. Damian is the host of the Poetry in the Port reading series.

 

 

 

 

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Sep
1
Fri
The Other Side of Violet, Manchester, UK @ 3MT
Sep 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

7:00pm – 9:00 pm GMTVIOLET Manchester

Hello Manchester! 

great weather for MEDIA is thrilled to return to Manchester, England and 3MT!

Join us to celebrate the publication of our sixth annual anthology, The Other Side of Violet, with present and past contributors. Plus open mic!

Featured performers Rosie Garland, Lew Kelly, and Genevieve L Walsh

Hosted by great weather for MEDIA editor, Jane Ormerod.

We love meeting and hearing new poets and writers! Be sure to sign up for the open mic.

Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland is a UK-based novelist, poet, performer and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. Her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologised, and her latest poetry collection, As In Judy, is out now with Flapjack Press. She is the author of  The Night Brother; Vixen, a Green Carnation Prize nominee; and her debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, won Book of the Year in the Co-op Respect Awards 2013. She is currently developing a new musical project, Time-Travelling Suffragettes.

Lew Kelly is a writer from Rossendale, England. He is the editor of the Lifejacket Anthology— a collection of short fiction, poetry, and art, raising money and awareness for displaced people—and his poetry is published in several publications. When not writing poetry, Lew is working on a novel or working as a researcher.

Genevieve L WalshGeneviève  L. Walsh is a Yorkshire-raised Londoner and writer of poetry that “shines an unforgiving light on contemporary life and manners, doing so with words which are full of sometimes shocking honesty” (WF Live). She has been compère and coordinator of her night Spoken Weird since 2013, and a member of nationally acclaimed spoken word organisation A Firm Of Poets since the same year, with whom she still performs, runs workshops and co-hosts their Saboteur-nominated night, Unity Words. In June 2017, after co-creating and co-hosting their Invisible Disabilities Slam, she became a member of Mancunian feminist poetry collective Stirred Poetry. Her début solo collection, The Dance of a Thousand Losers (Flapjack Press, March 2017), covers the first five years of her performance career, and it has been described by Henry Normal as “keen and urgent with an untamed beauty – like a puma caught under a streetlight.”

 

 

 

 

Sep
3
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring  Oliver Baer and James McMenaminOliver Baer

Hosted by Matthew Hupert

Plus open mic

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Oliver Baer does many things. His poetry has been published in Boog City, Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Vol. II, Bare Bones #8, Dream People, Horror Between the Sheets, and Cthulhu Sex Magazine. His book of poetry, Baer Soul, was published in 2011. His CD of poetry set to music, Gathering Souls. was released in 2013. This spawned a biannual poetry set to music show, A Conclaeve of Baer, in Sidewalk Café. He has also been known to haunt certain East Village open mikes.

 

James McMenamin is a long time open miker whose work has been published in Nomad’s Choir, Mobius, Performance Poets, Brownstone’s Anthology, and an upcoming Love/Hate journal. He is a member of the short poem inspired group Brevitas, and continues to experiment with words and explore new themes. He is a lifelong resident of Queens, and works with newcomers at Queens Library, whose student works have been showcased yearly in Symphony Space’s All Write Journal and NYU’s Literacy Review. This year marks his twentieth reading at various venues in NYC.

 

Sep
6
Wed
great weather at The Poetry Café, London, England, 2017 @ The Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
Sep 6 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

7:30 – 10:00 pm GMT

This is the other side of expectation. This is the other side of memory. This is The Other Side of Violet. The Other Side of Violet front cover

Join us at  London’s Poetry Café to celebrate the publication of our sixth annual anthology, The Other Side of Violet, with contributors and guest poets and writers.

Featuring Joshua Idehen, Martin Ouvry, Gayle Richardson, Joolz Sparkes, Chris Stewart, Roddy Williams, plus great weather editor Jane Ormerod.

The Other Side of Violet is a fearless and dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.

“These annual anthologies and other work by great weather for MEDIA are an admirable contribution to arts and culture.”- The Compulsive Reader

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

Joshua IdehenJoshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, Joshua was the founder of one of the most successful poetry events in London, Poejazzi. His poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and he has performed at festivals and respected venues across the UK and Europe. He has done workshops in prisons alongside Slambassadors and English Pen. He is a member of electro/R&B band: Hugh, recently been championed by Huw Stephens, Diplo and Aluna George, who’ve just released their debut album “Love, Hugh”. He recently collaborated with The Comet Is Coming on their debut album ‘Channel The Spirits’ which was nominated for a Mercury Award. He recently performed his sold out show at the Roundhouse, ‘Last Night’ to ecstatic reviews.

Martin OuvryMartin Ouvry worked as a musician in America and Europe (where his band had a hit single) before studying English and Creative Writing at UEA. His awards include UEA’s Alumni Prize for Fiction, an Arts Council Individual Writer’s Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Wingate Scholarship in literature. He has reviewed books for the Sunday Times, the FT, and the Observer. His fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines such as Picador’s New Writing, The London Magazine, and Esquire. Martin also teaches, at City University, Kingston University, and with the British Council. His band, Indian Summer, does occasional performances in and around London. Martin is writing his novel Frugality with the generous assistance of Arts Council England.

Gayle Richardson 2Gayle Richardson is a writer and proud crazy cat lady who spends her free time writing poems, just like her late Grandpa, Donald. She has been published in the great weather for MEDIA anthologies The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker and   I Let Go of The Stars in My Hand  and currently lives in Suffolk, England. When she isn’t busy speaking her mind, Gayle enjoys sharing precious moments with the most important man in her life—Paul.

joolz.sparkesJoolz Sparkes is a north London writer based near the Arsenal soccer stadium. To date, none of her work is about soccer. As a poet, Joolz has featured at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2016, Ronnie Scott’s Bar, Fourth Friday, great weather for MEDIA at Parkside Lounge in New York City, Gallery Café Poets in Chicago, and was also a Transport For London Poet-in-Residence at Leicester Square tube station. In addition, she has been shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize and her work can be found in Loose Muse, South Bank Poetry, and Ink Sweat and Tears. Joolz is a member of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, is working on a joint poetry project called London Undercurrents, and is attempting her first novel. Find Joolz’s work in The Other Side of Violet.

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a functional meta-reprogrammer of human bio-computers, a poet, and a life coach. His work has been anthologized in Break-Out: A Calling Card From The Rising Stars Of The Tees-side Scene (Ek Zuban, 2013) and in the great weather for MEDIA anthology The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker. Chris lives in Yorkshire, England, and is presently converting his life into a text-based adventure. Photo of Chris Stewart by Kev Howard.

Roddy WilliamsOriginally from North Wales, Roddy Williams lives and works in London. His poetry has appeared in Magma, The North, The Frogmore Papers, The Rialto, Envoi, and great weather for MEDIA’s The Other Side of Violet. He has had two of his plays performed onstage in London and is a keen surrealist photographer and painter. Interview

Jane Ormerod, London Jane Ormerod is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press, and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in publications including Maintenant, AND/OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (BLANK),Sensitive SkinThe Nervous Breakdown, and Paris Lit Up. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Sep
10
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Jameson Bayles, David Huberman, and Shawn Pavey

Hosted by George Wallace

Plus open mic

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JAMESON BAYLES is a roving correspondent for Poetrybay and his work has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines; most recently in Poems-For-All, Hedgerow, The Ambriel Revolution, Thirteen Myna Birds, Rusty Truck, Your One Phone Call, and on Rumrazor.com. Currently, his work can be found in the collaborative reader A Case For Ascension (Asinimali Publications, 2015), the 2016 Hessler Street Poetry Fair Anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press) and Delirious- A Poetic Celebration of Prince (Night Ballet Press, 2016) and his solo work legends of doe hoe (Spartan Press, 2017). Jameson resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

shawn paveySHAWN PAVEY is the author of Talking to Shadows (Main Street Rag Press, 2008) and Nobody Steals the Towels From a Motel 6 (Spartan Press, 2015). He co-founded The Main Street Rag Literary Journal and served as an Associate Editor for three years. He served as an officer on the Board of Directors at The Writers Place, a Kansas City based literary non-profit. He has poems in the following published and forthcoming anthologies: Gimme Your Lunch Money: Heartland Poets Speak Out Against Bullies and Bullying (Paladin Publishing), Prompts: A Spontaneous Anthology (W 39 Press), Finding Zen In Cow Town (Spartan Press), and Poor Yorick’s Almanac (Spartan Press). His poetry, prose, and journalism has appeared in numerous national and regional publications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Creative Writing Program, he likes his Tom Waits loud, his bourbon single barrel, and his basketball Carolina Blue.

david hubermanDAVID HUBERMAN has work published in Evergreen Review, A Gathering of Tribes, Long Shot, Icon, and many other literary journals. He’s performed at The Public Theater, PS 122, and LaMama Theater and many other performance venues.

Sep
13
Wed
The Other Side of Violet in Brooklyn @ Pacific Standard (back room)
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate the release of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, The Other Side of  Violet, at one of our favorite Brooklyn bars.

The Other Side of Violet front cover

Featuring Meagan Brothers, Annie Christain, Amos Damroth, Trace DePass, Bob Heman, Lindsay Infantino, Jerry T. Johnson,  Geri Lipschultz, Karl Roulston, plus Rebecca Landau reads the work of Carol Dorf.

Hosted by David Lawton.

The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.

21+

2 drink minimum (alcoholic or non)

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

 

Meagan BrothersMeagan Brothers is the author of three novels for young adults. She currently lives and works in New York City.

Annie Christain is an associate professor of composition and ESOL at SUNY Cobleskill with poems appearing in Seneca Review, Oxford Poetry, Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She received the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award, the 2015 Oakland School of the Arts Enizagam Poetry Award, and the 2015 Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry. Additional honors include her being selected for the Shanghai Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency and the Arctic Circle Autumn Art and Science Expedition Residency. Her debut poetry collection, Tall As You Are Tall Between Them, was published in 2016 by C&R Press.

Amos Damroth is a 21-year-old writer, musician, and filmmaker. He was born and grown in Boston but has been transplanted to New York, where he attends Sarah Lawrence College.

Trace DePass is a sophomore at Brooklyn College and was the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens, New York. He received a National Gold Medal from Scholastic for his writing portfolio, “Black Boyhood,”wherein one piece was published in Scholastic’s The Best Teen of Writing of 2015. He is interested in how his poetry functions when applied outside the page.

Carol Dorf is the author of the chapbooks Theory Headed Dragon (Finishing Line Press) and Some Years Ask (Locofo Chaps). Her poetry appears in Sin Fronteras, Antiphon, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, Maintenant, and Best of Indie Lit New England. Carol is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches mathematics in Berkeley. Carol’s poetry will be read by her daughter, Rebecca Landau.

Bob Heman‘s collages, cut-outs, and drawings have been shown in a small, two-artist show at The Brooklyn Museum; in a solo retrospective at BACA’s Downtown Cultural Center; and in group shows in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. His poems and prose poems appear in such diverse publications as Sentence, The Prose Poem, Caliban, Kayak, Hanging Loose, and Artful Dodge, and are upcoming in New American Writing and Reaedr. Bob has edited CLWN WR (formerly Clown War) since the early 1970s and during the late 1970s was an artist-in-residence at The Brooklyn Museum.

Jerry JohnsonJerry T. Johnson is a new writer to the Connecticut / New York area. He began writing in the early 1990’s, had one poem published, and then took a twenty-one-year hiatus to pursue corporate work overseas. In the spring of 2013, Jerry restarted his writing career. Since then his poetry has appeared in several literary journals and he has self-published a poetry chapbook, Good Morning New Year! In addition to his written work, Jerry performs poetry in a variety of venues.

Lindsay Infantino received her MFA from Long Island University Brooklyn in 2015. Her plays have been produced locally in Rochester and in New York City, and her work has most recently appeared in visceral brooklyn and CutBank Literary Magazine.

Geri Lipschultz has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from Ohio University. Her work can be found in numerous publications including International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, NonBinary Review, The New York Times, Kalliope, and Black Warrior Review. She has a story and a poem included in Pearson’s most current edition of their college anthology, Literature: Introduction to Reading and Writing, as well as a story in Spuyten Duyvil’s The Wreckage of Reason II. Her novels and chapbooks have been finalists for Eyewear Publishing, Subito Press, Gertrude Press, Black Lawrence Press, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Geri’s one-woman show, Once Upon the Present Time, was produced in NYC by Woodie King, Jr.

Karl Roulston plans to travel in circles until time itself crumbles into dust. Read his works in the great weather for MEDIA anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful, The Understanding between Foxes and Light, and Before Passing. Hear him and his blues harp on YouTube.

 

Sep
17
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring ¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poetsparkside lounge2

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro

Plus open mic, 21+

Sep
24
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Honoring National Translation Month with Soodabeh Saiedna and Sylvia Mae Gorelick Soodabeh Saeidnia

Hosted by David Lawton

Plus open mic

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