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Mar
5
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Mad Gleam PressMad Gleam

Hosted by George Wallace

This week Great Weather for Media presents the poetry people of Mad Gleam, in a pre-release sneak peek of their new publication.

Mad Gleam is a small bilingual independent press (based in NYC and Paris) composed of the American poets Brian Sheffield and Craig Kite, and the French visual artists Margaux Taleux and Claire Durand-Gasselin. The second issue of their tri-quartelry visual art/lit mag, POSTmortem, will be released later this month.

Find out what the Mad Gleam buzz is about. Joining Sheffield and Kite will be Dallas Athent, Shelby Cook, Julie Haag, Yi Wu,Ryan Drag, Gabriel Morgan and No Surrender.

Plus open mic

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Mar
12
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Raena Shirali and David Winter

Hosted by David Lawton Raena Shirali

Indian American poet Raena Shirali’s first book, GILT, is forthcoming in 2017 with YesYes Books, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, and many more. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University. Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She will be the Spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.

David David WinterWinter wrote the chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013), and is currently working on a full-length manuscript entitled  Archived Light, which has been a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. From 2010-2012 David led creative writing workshops with NYC non-profits in locations such as the LGBT Community Center, the 14th Street Y, Riker’s Island, and PS 279. More recently, he has received an MFA from The Ohio State University, a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a 2016-18 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University. David’s poems appear in publications such as The Baffler, Day One, Four Way Review, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, The Offing, and It’s Animal But Merciful.

Plus open mic

21+

Mar
19
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Mar 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring GAMBA Magazine readers Pan, Amy Hope, No Surrender, Chris Carr, Melissa Hunter Gurney

Hosted by Thomas FucaloroGamba Zine
Plus open mic, 21+
GAMBA Magazine is a provocative literary journal created to inspire passion and thoughtfulness outside the politics of mainstream publication. We publish underrepresented writers and visual artists who are willing to push the limits of their craft in order to build an exhibition of progressive ideas from around the world. Since 2014 GAMBA has evolved into a national and international community of indie artists with the creation of GAMBA Z’s Artist Residency and GAMBA Forest Art Gallery and performance space.  Find out more.


 

 

 

Mar
26
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Samantha Barrow and Meagan BrothersSamantha Barrow

Hosted by Aimee Herman

Plus open mic, 21+

Samantha Barrow is a poet, performer, writer and educator. She’s the director of the Medical Humanities at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine, and teaches in the Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She has facilitated creative resilience and writing workshops with survivors of sexual assault, is the author of GRIT and tender membrane (Plan B Press) and has been known to ride her motorcycle around the country sharing her poems in all kinds of venues.She really likes performing with musicians and other kinds of artists, but spend most of her time these days raising family and working to change the medical industrial complex. Creatively.

Meagan BrothersMeagan Brothers is the author of three novels for young adults; Debbie Harry Sings in French, its prequel, Supergirl Mixtapes, and Weird Girl and What’s His Name, which was named one of Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2015. Her poetry has appeared most recently in the  great weather for MEDIA anthology Before Passing,  and in the PostMortem issue of POSTblank Magazine. Meagan has also been, variously, a musician, a performing poet, a record store clerk, and an adjunct professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. A native Carolinian, she currently lives and works in New York City.

Apr
1
Sat
An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Gerd Stern, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, The Phil Gammage Quartet & Guests @ Parkside Lounge
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

great weather for MEDIA is proud to announce  a special evening of poetry and conversation with Gerd Stern and Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, featuring guest appearances by poets Kat Georges, Ngoma Hill, Jane Ormerod, and special musical guests The Phil Gammage Quartet.

gerd stern

Hosted by George Wallace 

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Gerd Stern turned 88 in October of 2016 and is a major figure of the 1950s beat movement. A poet since his late teens, Gerd is extensively published. In 1996 he was the subject of the Regional Oral History Office at University of California interview From Beat Scene Poet to Psychedelic Multimedia Artist in San Francisco and Beyond, 1948-1978. In addition, he has exhibited poem collages in two and three dimensional form at galleries and museums in the United States and globally. In the early 1960s Gerd co-founded the communal arts collaborative USCO; a group of artists, engineers and poets creating multi-media performances and environments. Born on the French German border, he arrived in New York as a refugee from Hitler in 1936 and lives presently in New Jersey.
Learn more about Gerd in this fascinating interview with Suzanne LaFleur.

Jesus_Papoleto_Melendez_by_Gianna_Leo_FalconJesús Papoleto Meléndez is a visual and performance poet, and one of the remaining original founders of the Nuyorican Poets’ Movement, a cultural and intellectual movement involving poets, writers, musicians and artists who are of Puerto Rican descent and who were brought up in New York City during the late forties and fifties. With the publication of his first volumes of poetry in the 1970s, Meléndez’s poetry emerged at the inception of this movement. His play The Junkies Stole The Clock (1974) was the first production of the NY Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theatre’s Nuyorican Playwright’s Unit. As a performance-poet, Meléndez has distinguished himself as a dynamic presenter of his works in the oral tradition.
Watch Jesús Papoleto Meléndez perform “It Was So Fly.”

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Phil Gammage is an American musician, composer, and recording artist best known for his eight solo album releases and his work as a songwriter, singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. His recordings are used in film and television projects. His new album is Used Man For Sale which features ten of Phil’s song compositions. This follows his critically acclaimed album Adventures in Bluesland which received positive reviews and made numerous ‘Best of 2014′ lists internationally. He currently performs his roots and blues based music as a solo performer, with his small combo The Phil Gammage Quartet, and with his large band Adventures in Bluesland.
Learn more at philgammagemusic.com.
Photo by Johan Vipper

Kat GeorgesKat Georges’ poetry books include Our Lady of the Hunger, Punk Rock Journal, and Slow Dance at 120 Beats a Minute. Her poetry, prose and essays have appeared in many regional and international journals and magazines, including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. She is co-director and artistic director of Three Rooms Press, a fiercely independent press inspired by dada, punk, and passion.

ngomaA former member of Amiri Baraka’s “The Spirit House Movers and Players” and the contemporary freedom song duo “Serious Bizness”, Ngoma Hill is a a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, Artivist and paradigm shifter who weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful world.
Watch Ngoma Hill perform “I Was Here First.”

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Jane Ormerod 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. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA.
Learn more at janeormerod.com.
Photo by Jay Franco 

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Apr
2
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Apr 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Gabriella M. Belfiglio and Zorida Mohammed

Plus open mic

Hosted by David Lawton Gabriella M. Belfiglio

Gabriella M. Belfiglio lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner and four cats.  She teaches self-defense, conflict resolution, karate, and tai chi to people of all ages throughout the five boroughs. Gabriella won second place in the 2014 W.B. Yeats Poetry Contest. Gabriella’s work has been published in many anthologies and journals including Radius, The Centrifugal Eye, The Potomac Review, and Lambda Literary Review. If you are a book publisher her manuscript needs a good home. Her website is www.gabriellabelfiglio.info

Zorida Mohammed was born in Trinidad, and immigrated to the US at age 18 yrs. She currently works as a licensed clinical social worker at a community mental health center in Bergen County, NJ. Her poems have been published in The Caribbean Writer, Folio, Poem, Fulcrum #6, Oyez Review, The Atlanta Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Distillery, Dirty Goat, Bayou, and  Apalachee Review. Zorida is an active member of the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets and has poems published for the last nine years in their yearly literary publication. She reads poetry regularly at venues in New Jersey and in New York City.


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Apr
9
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring John Amen and Debora Lidov John Amen

Hosted by Aimee Herman

Plus open mic, 21+

Apr
23
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Nomadic Press Nomadic Press

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro


Plus open mic, 21+

 

 

 

Apr
29
Sat
The Ninth Annual Rainbow Book Fair @ John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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RAINBOW BOOK FAIR IS THE LARGEST LGBT BOOK EVENT IN THE U.S.

Once a year, approximately 1500 people get together in New York City to mingle, get to know each other, enrich, broaden, and even extend their lives through the amazing medium of LGBT books. The New York Rainbow Book Fair is America’s longest-running LGBT book fair, and the largest LGBT book event in the country.  It has grown every year since its beginning in 2009. It brings together thoughtful, interesting people of all ages, from early teens to those in their 70s and 80s; from a spectrum of countries, ethnicities, gender identities, and viewpoints.  It attracts readers and writers of course, but also publishers, editors, agents, and media attention – people who have never experienced queer culture, and others who have made it the focus of their lives. Rainbow Book Fair is open to the public, with book discounts and giveaways.

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Apr
30
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring  Hilary Sideris and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Hosted by George Wallacehilary sideris

HILARY SIDERIS is the author of Most Likely To Die, poems in the voice of Keith Richards (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn. Her new chapbook, A House Not Made with Hands, inspired by Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada.

Jeff WrightJEFFREY CYPHERS WRIGHT is the author of 13 books including most recently Triple Crown, and Party Everywhere. He is an impresario, critic, eco-activist, and artist, as well as being a poet. He publishes an arts and poetry journal, Live Mag!

Plus open mic

21+