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May
28
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Isa Guzman, Chris Rockwell, Sergio Rosario, and Laurie Stone

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloroisa guzman

Plus open mic, 21+

Isa Guzman is a Bori-Surrealist, Bori-Futurist, and Titere poet from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Occupied and occupying the invaded/invading borders of his puertorriqueñidad, he still manages to work the floor at your local Barnes and Nobles. Recently receiving his B.A. in Literature at Hunter College, he continues to study and advocate for Latinx literature through programs like SOPA (School of Poetic Arts) and Cave Canem. He is currently working on his first collection of poems.

chris rockwellChris Rockwell is a nationally touring poet and hip-hop artist hailing from the Jersey Shore. He is a former Poet Laureate of Asbury Park, has competed numerous times at The National Poetry Slam, and is also the founder of Jersey Shore Poetry Slam. In 2017, he published his newest collection of poems and musings, entitled Understand Oceans. His favorite color takes too long to explain, and he has no spare time.

Sergio RosarioSergio Rosario: Born in 1973 in the East New York section of Brooklyn, this Nuyorican Poet had to traverse all the ups and downs associated with growing up “in da hood”  A high school dropout at the age of seventeen and on a path to be another soul lost to the “mean streets” of Brooklyn. He returned to school where he earned his equivalency diploma and became a skilled tradesman applying his creative talent to help build the city he called home. Out of the pain of personal loss his first poem was born and in February of 2015 he took to the stage to share his work. Since then he has been consistent contributor and proud member of the Capicu Culture Peoples Open Mic and the School of Poetic Arts (La Sopa) families. His poems cover a range of diverse topics from mental illness and homelessness to American Imperialism, children’s issues and love; inciting laughter and thought provoking questions about our own human experience. In April 2016 he was one of the feature artists in the Brooklyn Gypsies’ production of Ghetto Hor’ Dourves as well a feature performer during the Queens Literary Crawl. He’s been called the working man’s poet with an energetic, theatrical style that makes him someone to look for in the future.

laurie stone

Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space.  She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf’ was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is: lauriestonewriter.com.

 

 

 

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

Featuring  JoAnn DeLuna, Brent C. Green, and Brian Pineapple

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic, 21+

JoAnn DeLuna
JoAnn DeLuna is a bilingual journalist and poet. Her poetry has been published in anthologies in New York and Texas. She regularly performs her poetry in showcases combining multiple art forms throughout NYC, including Lincoln Center, Nuyorican Poets Café and The Bushwick Starr. She received her journalism master’s from City University in London, where she lived for three years before moving to New York City in 2010.

brent c greenBrent C. Green is a free verse novelist and spoken word poet from Bryan, Texas, who advocates radical thoughts and honest questions expressed in unconventional styles. He began his poetry career while still attending high school in 2009 at Mic Check Poetry in Central Texas. Since then he has become a staple of his scene and a member of the 2011 Mic Check youth slam team along with the 2012, 2015, and 2016 regional teams and is the organization’s current acting writing director. In 2014 he graduated with a creative writing degree from Texas A&M and will pursue an MFA in poetry at Brown University next fall. Brent is known for his earnestly hopeful view of love along with a pure notion of romance and marriage that is self-aware and never naive. These topics are contrasted and melded with his defiant calls to action against nebulous and entrenched institutions such as capitalism, the patriarchy, and state suppression of pro-equality voices told through stories stemming from his years of activist organizing and direct action. Whether touring alone or with orchestral accompaniment, you will find Brent with both of his punkrock-arms outstretched, his left a raised fist staring down injustice, and his right palm held as a warm offer to anyone who desires a loving heart and voice to speak for them. Brent has two published poetry chapbooks with a third forthcoming: Onus (2012), Protested Love (2015), and Honest Revolution (spring 2017).

brian pineappleBrian Pineapple is an insincere and unusual poet of insincere and unusual backgrounds. Born and raised in Newark, his words combine the urban flair of the North Jersey poetry scene with his signature whimsy. He has hosted shows, performed music, succeeded, and failed in many things; Brian Pineapple is the kind of artist that is never sated. He is always hungry for the applause that always follows his art.

 

Jun
11
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Jun 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Laylage Courie and LuLu LoLoLaylage Courie

Hosted by David Lawton

Plus open mic. 21+

Laylage Courie is a poet, performer, and maker of things-from-words.  Her most recent thing is a record: the soon-to-be-released  art-pop experimental concept album these fountains rare.  Her writing has appeared in Fence, Adbusters, 2RiverView, and The Open Page.  As a performer she has appeared in theaters all over New York in her own and others work.  You can listen to her do strange readings of poetry on her podcast Cosmic Dream Radio which is available through itunes or at www.luminouswork.org/podcast.  Her imaginary friend blogs at www.conversewithbirds.org

Lulu LoLo

LuLu LoLo  is a playwright/actor, performance artist, and activist. LuLu has written and performed eight one-person plays Off-Broadway. Her plays and poetry have been published in Nerve Lantern Axon of Performance Literature, Meta-land Poets of the Palisades II, and 365 Women a Year a Playwriting Project. Her ongoing performance project Where Are the Women? highlights the lack of public monuments honoring women in New York City and was highlighted in the New York Times.  LuLu was a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow in social engagement and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence in 2008.  LuLu is a board member of the City Reliquary Museum, the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, and the Vito Marcantonio Forum. www.lululolo.com

 

 

 

Jun
18
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Cyd Charise Fulton and Bruce Weberparkside lounge2

Hosted by George Wallace

Plus open mic

21+

Bruce Weber is the author of five books of poetry, including The Breakup of My First Marriage (Rogue Scholars Press). He is the founder and organizer of the 23 years running Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza.

Jun
25
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Jasmine Aequitas, Vanessa Desiree, Kate Foley, and Isabel Marcus

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro

Plus open mic, 21+jasmine aequitas

Jasmine Aequitas is a Brooklyn native. She grew up in Williamsburg and Bushwick before the colonizers came and remembers the grime looked prettiest at dusk.  She is a weird, wild, witchy thing, prone to long pauses and deep silences. She has performed on various stages, including Capicu and Queens Lit Crawl and is a 2016 Pink Door Alum. She drinks, writes, and lives in liminal places and invites you to join her through her writing.

Vanessa DesireeVanessa Desiree is a spunky early childhood educator by day and enchanted writer by night, Vanessa discovers her greatest joys and her wildest inspirations in the thriving hands and working minds of 3-year-old children. Vanessa exists within poetry by unpacking memories, replanting mental health, and memorializing countless goodbyes. She welcomes bravery, challenging herself to be better, do better, and teach better; guiding our youngest hearts with patience, promoting the beauty and urgency of inclusion, acceptance, and celebration of all. Vanessa was a member of the Oneonta Poetry Slam team two years in a row (the only all-female team stemming from Oneonta) and a member of the NYC Intangible Slam team, placing 11th in the nation. Vanessa’s most recent work is published in this April’s edition of River Ram Press.

kate foley

Kate Foley is a poet based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in Voicemail Poems, Yellow Chair Review, The Legendary, among others. Her debut poetry collection, The Bird Hours, was published this year through Where Are You Press. She is a Virgo who smokes too many cigarettes and never takes enough selfies. She’s here to help however possible.

isabel marcusIsabel Marcus, AKA Bella, is a writer, woodworker, and aspiring teacher born and raised in Brooklyn. She has performed her poems at venues throughout New York City, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Jalopy Theater and School of Music, The Harlem Bomb Shelter, and Brooklyn College. She won Poem of the Month at the October 2016 Brooklyn Poets Yawp, and tied for 2nd place at the 2016 Brooklyn Poets Smackdown. Her memoir The Night of the Eclipse was published in the Brooklyn College Freshman Anthology and in Narrative In Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story from Columbia University Press.

 

 

 

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

Featuring  Gbenga Adesina and Bruce Pandolfo 

Hosted by David Lawton

Plus open mic

21+Gbenga Adesina

Gbenga Adesina is a Nigerian-born poet and essayist who currently lives in Brooklyn. He jointly won the 2016 Brunel University, UK Poetry Prize. His poem, “How To Paint A Girl” was selected by Mathew Zapruder for its “clarity of observation and empathetic insight into the suffering of another” for publication in the New York Times. He was a 2016 Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He has received scholarships and residencies from Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, the Open Society Foundation in Goree Island, off the coast of Senegal, the Callaloo Fellowship workshop at Oxford and most recently completed an Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House, New York. His poetry chapbook, Painter of Water was published by Akashic Books, New York in a series edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. His poems have appeared or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Brittle Paper, Vinyl, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He joins the MFA program at NYU this fall as a Starworks Fellow where he will also be teaching undergraduate poetry.

AllOne Live at Blackforge Coffee House Pittsburgh 3-3-17Long Island native wordsmith Bruce “AllOne” Pandolfo has been consistently creating nine musical and written projects since his debut release in 2010, and touring independently sharing his progressive songwriting blend of spoken word poetry, storytelling, improvisation and conscious hip hop. It focuses on thought provoking and emotional honesty and intrigue delivered over eclectic instrumentation made with love for you and the craft. www.allonevoice.bandcamp.com

 

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

Featuring Yasmine Lancaster and Cecily Schulerparkside lounge2

Hosted by Aimee Herman

Plus open mic, 21+

Jul
16
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Glen Bergin, John Paul Davis, and Reina Miranda john-paul-davis-print-small

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic, 21+

john Paul Davis was born in Durham, North Carolina, and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Ohio, and New York City. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and DePaul University. Crown Prince of Rabbits, his first book of poetry, was published by great weather for MEDIA in 2016. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Word Riot, The Journal, MUZZLE Magazine, RATTLE, Four Way Review, and Bat City Review. He is a former poetry editor for Em Literary and Bestiary Magazine. He helped run or host numerous poetry and variety shows including Page Meets Stage and The Encyclopedia Show. John Paul lives with his wife in New York City, where he works as a web developer, makes music and visual art, and writes poems. Check out the digital album for Crown Prince of Rabbits on Bandcamp.

 

 

 

Aug
13
Sun
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Jennifer Juneau and Rick Mullin

Hosted by David Lawton

Plus open mic

21+Jennifer Juneau

Jennifer Juneau has published numerous short stories and poems in journals such as the American Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, Evergreen Review, Off The Coast, Pank Magazine, Passages North, Portland Review, Seattle Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Fiction, The Million Writers Award and a Sundress Best of the Net award. She has won two prizes from the California State Poetry Society and her poetry collection, More Than Moon, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. Jennifer has lived and traveled in Europe for over a decade where she became a sports journalist. Her articles have appeared in the Bleacher Report, 90:00 Soccer Magazine and Fox News Sports.
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Rick Mullin 2Rick Mullin is a poet, painter and journalist whose poetry has appeared in The New Criterion, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, Epiphany, Unsplendid, and other journals, as well as in several anthologies including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (New York Quarterly Press), and Meta-Lands (Poets of the Palisades). His books include Huncke, a romp through the American end-game inspired by Beat progenitor Herbert Huncke, published by Seven Towers, Dublin, Ireland, in 2010; and Soutine, a terza-rima life of the Belorussian painter Chaim Soutine published by Dos Madres Press in 2012. His Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle has since been published by Dos Madres, as have his collections, Coelacanth, Stignatz and the User of Vicenza, and Transom, which debuted earlier this year. His two chapbooks are Aquinas Flinched (Exot Books, New York, 2008) and the Stones Jones Canzones (Finishing Line Press, Germantown, KY, 2013).