Sunday, October 18, 2015, 4:00pm at the Parkside Lounge, great weather for MEDIA’s “Spoken Word Sundays” features writer, Rich Villar. Along with Rich Villar and other powerhouse featured poets/writers, there will also be an Open Mic. This “Spoken Word Sundays” show will be hosted by Poet Thomas Fucaloro.
great weather for MEDIA’s “Spoken Word Sundays” has another great feature set and Open Mic planned for you. This weeks FEATURES will be Cecily Schuler, Jee Leong Koh, and Rich Villar.
ABOUT THE FEATURES:
Cecily Schuler is a 2016 MFA candidate at the Pratt Institute in Writing and Social Activism, in Brooklyn, NY. A 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference contributor in non-fiction, Cecily’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, Ellipsis, Duende, and Fire Stories: Further Thoughts on Radically Re-thinking Mental Illness. Since 2009, Cecily has been teaching, collaborating and performing on stages across the country. Cecily acted as co-slammaster of the Seattle Poetry Slam for the 2013-2014 season, repped Seattle at the 2014 National Poetry Slam, and is the current slam manager at Union Square Slam in the heart of every New York City Monday.
JEE LEONG KOH
A Singapore poet and essayist living in New York City, Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, including Steep Tea (Carcanet 2015), and a book of poetic essays The Pillow Book (Math Paper Press), which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. Jee is committed to the introduction of the arts of Singapore to an American audience. To that end, he runs the website Singapore Poetry, the Second Saturdays Reading Series, and the Singapore Literature Festival in New York.
Rich Villar is a writer, performer, editor, activist, and educator originally from Paterson, New Jersey. His first collection of poems, “Comprehending Forever” (Willow Books, 2014), was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Award. He is an alum of the VONA/Voices Workshop (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for both his prose and his poetry, and his work has been published in several journals, including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Rattapallax, and Black Renaissance Noire.
He served as a founding director, host, and co-curator for Acentos, a grassroots project fostering the Latino/a voice in American letters. From 2003-2012, through its workshops, panels, reading series, and public programming, Acentos allowed Latino/a poets at all skill levels to connect with multicultural audiences as well as their peers, in one of the most historic Latino enclaves in the nation, the South Bronx. He has been quoted on Latino/a literature and culture by HBO, The New York Times, and the Daily News. On the radio, he has been heard on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, and on the long-running NPR news-magazine “Latino USA.”
Since 2008, he has served as a curator for La Casita at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, appearing twice as the show’s emcee. He has been a frequent performer, host, and curator at the iconic Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe, and he has contributed poems and performances to various theater spaces, including Actors Stock NYC, and Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. (from https://literatiboricua.wordpress.com/about/)
You can find Rich Villar’s collection of poems, “Comprehending Forever” here on Spoken Word New York by clicking the title of the book.
ABOUT THE OPEN MIC
great weather for MEDIA showcases both national and international writers EVERY SUNDAY at the Parkside Lounge for their reading series, “Spoken Word Sundays.” They offer Featured readers and always a Poetry Open Mic, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. All styles of poetry are welcome at the Open Mic.
Thomas Fucaloro Hosts great weather for MEDIA’s “Spoken Word Sundays” Presents: Cecily Schuler, Jee Leong Koh, and Rich Villar @ Parkside
DATE: Sunday, October 18, 2015
TIME: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
COST: $2 (suggested donation)
**21 & over – 2 drink minimum (coffee, tea, soda available)
317 East Houston St
Manhattan, New York (LES)
TRAVEL: By Subway: Take the F to Second Avenue. Go up the 1st Avenue stairs and head East on Houston Street.
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