Monday, August 1, 2011

Literary Soulmates: Poet Patricia Smith & Novelist Bruce DeSilva + Open Mic - Thursday, Aug. 4

The Inspired Word Presents Soulmates: The Dynamic Literary Marriage of Poet Patricia Smith and Crime Novelist Bruce DeSilva.+ a 15-slot open mic open to all types of artists.

Patricia and Bruce will first read their work, then share how they help each other with the creative process.

A rare chance to get into the heads of two great writers!

Hosted by the legendary Nathan P.



Patricia Smith is the author of five books of poetry, including "Blood Dazzler," a 2008 National Book Award finalist, and "Teahouse of the Almighty," a National Poetry Series selection. In addition to appearing in The Best American Poetry 2011 and The Best American Essays 2011, her work has been published in The Paris Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly and many other anthologies and journals. She is a four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition's history. Patricia is the editor of the anthology "Staten Island Noir" and teaches at CUNY/College of Staten Island and in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Bruce DeSilva is the author of “Rogue Island,” winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s coveted Edgar Award for best first novel of 2010. The book has also been nominated for the Anthony and Barry awards and was a Publishers Weekly “first fiction” selection as one of the year’s top debut novels. “Cliff Walk,” the second book in the series, will be published early in 2012, and DeSilva is currently writing the third. DeSilva worked as an investigative reporter, editor, and writing coach at The Providence Journal, The Hartford Courant, and, most recently, The Associated Press, before retiring from journalism two years ago to write fiction. Stories he edited have won virtually every major journalism prize including The Polk (twice), The Livingston (twice) and The Pulitzer. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times book review section, and he continues to review fiction regularly for the AP.


When: Thursday, Aug. 4, 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

Show starts @ 7:30

Cover Charge: $10


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