317 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Featuring Isa Guzman, Chris Rockwell, Sergio Rosario, and Laurie Stone
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 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 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 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.