Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Inspired Word Presents Poetic People Power - Thursday, June 2

The Inspired Word Presents the 9th annual show of Poetic People Power, featuring founder Tara Bracco and poets Erica R. DeLaRosa, Andy Emeritz, Frantz Jerome, Jonathan Walton, and Justin Woo.

Poetic People Power was founded by writer Tara Bracco in 2003 to create an ongoing project that combines poetry and activism. Each year, Poetic People Power commissions poems about social and political issues. This year, Poetic People Power is presenting a new show titled "The Revolution Will Be..." and it focuses on what protest and revolution means today. Inspired by recent world events and the Gil Scott-Heron poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," poets will creatively explore this topic and share their new work with the audience.

NOTE: This event was produced many months ago, before Friday's sad news of the passing of Mr. Scott-Heron. May he rest in peace.

Of past Poetic People Power shows, audience members have said:

“Moving and inspiring.”

“It moved me to tears.”

“So good. Presented intelligently.”

“A powerful and moving experience.”

“I loved it. So many inspired voices.”

“This is a beautifully organized event and an amazing concept.”



TARA BRACCO is the founder of Poetic People Power. She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, and Her non-fiction writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, American Theatre, BUST, Clamor, and Brooklyn Rail. She has performed her poetry and spoken about art and social change at colleges, festivals, theatres, and poetry venues. Tara has received awards from the Puffin Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.

ERICA R. DELAROSA is a performer, director, activist, and educator. She is a co-founder and performing member of Mahina Movement, a performance trinity and production company. She has directed several productions and facilitated numerous artistic workshops in the New York and Texas areas. Speak the Fire, Mahina Movement's first CD, is available now. More info at

ANDY EMERITZ has been performing as both a poet and musician since 1995. His writing has appeared in The Good Apple Literary Magazine and on Andy has performed as a musician in venues throughout NYC. He holds a BA in Political Theory from Cornell University, where he studied poetry and narrative writing under James Farrell and Dan McCall.

FRANTZ JEROME has performed at many venues including P.S. 122, Summer Stage in Central Park, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Dance Theatre Workshop, at various schools, and on BET. He was a featured poet in the publication Off the Subject: The Words of the Lyrical Circle of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. Frantz has shared the stage with Sekou Sundiata, Baba Israel, Lemon, Full Circle Production, Universes, Project 2050, and many others. He is also a member of the spoken word group The Peace Poets.

JONATHAN WALTON has published three books of poetry: My Release, The Second Verse, and Legal: The First 21 Years. He has taught creative writing workshops at all levels including work with the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts and the Department of Juvenile Justice. A graduate of Columbia University, he is the NYC Urban Project Director for InterVarsity. A sponsored artist for World Vision, Jonathan aims to bring holistic social justice to the forefront of America's consciousness. More info

JUSTIN WOO is a poet, theatre artist, and DJ. He has performed at universities and theatres in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and D.C., including the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre. He has collaboratively created several multidisciplinary spoken word theatre pieces, and is currently working with Insurgo Stage Project and the Spoken Word Almanac Project to create two new shows.


When: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC
Phone: (212) 598-9126

Doors open @ 6:30pm

Show starts @ 7pm

Cover Charge: $15


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