Saturday, July 2, 2011

Spoken Word Poets Tantra-zawadi & Nathan P. @ The Inspired Word



Spoken Word Poets Tantra-zawadi & Nathan P. @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ One and One Bar/Restaurant, Nexus Lounge, Manhattan, NYC.

Soulful and sublime, the poetry of Tantra-zawadi explores love in all its forms; from the rush of the first kiss to the bittersweet. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tantra uses her voice to support the empowerment of women and has performed at venues as far away as South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. She is a 2010 Pushcart Prize Nominee for her poem"Girl,"and a recipient of the Kings County District Attorney's Office Women's History Month Award for her artistic contributions to the borough of Brooklyn. Tantra, who is a mentor for Girl-Child Network Worldwide (GCN), is donating partial proceeds from her latest book of poetry "Gathered at Her Sky" (PWP Books) to GCN. She is also the author of "alifepoeminprogress" and her poetry has appeared in Essence Magazine. Known for being on the cutting edge as an artist and for speaking out about issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness, Tantra's poem and video "Scarlet Waters," was featured on the Product(RED) video wall and her short documentary, "A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS" takes another look at the impact of this disease.

Stepping to the stage in his trademark suit, cufflinks and fedora style hat, poet Nathan P. became the poster child of style, grace and class on the slam circuit in early 2000. With a voice that resonates bass, the sound of his words were as captivating as his words themselves. This talent and stage presence enabled him to become a Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist in his very first year on the circuit. He ultimately became the host at the Nuyorican Poets Café for seven years. He's been in two off-Broadway productions: "Be Beautiful" and "An Evolution in Reinvention," produced two books of poetry: "Madness" and "The Colors of My Mind," appeared on numerous CDs, most notably his solo project "Chalklines on Black Asphalt." He is host of The Inspired Word's Tuesday Night Open Mic Joint.

The Inspired Word is New York City's hottest new spoken word poetry open mic series happening every Tuesday and Thursday night in downtown Manhattan, produced by longtime journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner.

Videographer: Elaine Delehant

Music: 1 dre ish Keen Entertainment

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