Sunday, July 17, 2011

Speakers of the House + Poet Amy Leigh Cutler + Actress/Poet Deborah Magdalena + Open Mic - Thursday, July 21

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word features an eclectic mix of the spoken word band Speakers of the House and poet Amy Leigh Cutler, plus Special Guest actress/spoken word poet Deborah Magdalena and one of the most awesome open mics you'll ever find anywhere (15 slots open not only to poets and spoken word artists but fiction/nonfiction writers, comedians, monologists, singers, and musicians).

Hosted by 3-time Def Poetry star Gemineye.



Amy Leigh Cutler is the author of Orange Juice and Rooftops and the chapbooks “American Woman” and “You Gentle Thing.” In 2011, she received the Esther Unger Poetry Prize, the Goodman Fund Poetry Award, and the David Markowitz Poetry Award. She has toured the United States and in the UK, and was nominated for the Best Performance by an International Poet at the Farrago Poetry Slam in London. She works as a photojournalist for The Basics online magazine and will continue writing her words around the world until it stops turning. For more info, please visit http://www.amyleighcutler.​com/

Led by Mr. John and Naa Akua, providing the perfect blend of MCing and Spoken Word, the Speakers of the House create a fusion unlike any other - sounding like 90's hip hop and r&b mixed with the soul of jazz and the heartbeat of Africa's drums. Influenced by their strong faith in God as well as such legendary musicians as The Fugees, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, and Bob Marley, these are artists dedicated to righting the world with their words. They seek to build, not destroy; to unify, not divide; to provide the positive light of insight and meaning in such dark, negative times.

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera, or a vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. The Puerto Rican actress/poet - who calls Miami home – was born into a very talented musical family. She is sister of Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres and grandniece of legendary Puerto Rican singer Ruth Fernandez. Some of her TV and film credits include: Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). Poetically she has released CDs Spoken Soul: A Survival Kit of Poetry, Deborah Magdalena LIVE, has taught in after-school programs and has toured internationally. Currently promoting the release of the 2nd edition of her chapbook Heartbreak Haiku, Deborah's words and performance don’t just jump off the page they singe your skin right down to the core, right down to your soul.


When: Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC
Phone: (917) 703-1512
Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 6:30pm
Showtime @ 7:30pm

Cover Charge: $10


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