Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Inspired Word Presents Uphook Press NYC Poetry Night + Open Mic - Thursday, Oct. 20

The Inspired Word Presents Uphook Press Night, featuring such gifted poets as Peter Carlaftes, Jane Ormerod, Sharon Mesmer, Roberto F. Santiago, George Wallace, John J. Trause, and Emily Kagan Trenchard.

In addition, there will be a 12-15 slot open mic. Hosted by 3-time HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye.

Uphook Press is a New York City-based publisher specializing in work by poets and spoken word artists who love both the ink and the mic.

–gape-seed- is its third anthology, taken from open submission, with the aim to promote a nationwide community of performing poets. It features 52 poets (from New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Nashville, Santa Fe, and elsewhere) and includes an interview with award-winning poet and spoken word pioneer Regie Cabico.

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Poet, playwright, and performer, PETER CARLAFTES began his entertainment career on the playground of the Bronx and, after seeing the world, branched out to Manhattan. He is the author of three books: Drunkyard Dog, Triumph for Rent, and A Year on Facebook—all published by Three Rooms Press.

SHARON MESMER’s many poetry and fiction publications include The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose, 2008), Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008), and Ma Vie à Yonago (in French translation from Hachette Littératures, 2005). Sharon is a member of the flarf collective.

ROBERTO F. SANTIAGO writes placing pen to paper and fingertips to QWERTY all as an act of translation. Within poetry, he has discovered a booming collective of voices and a rickety soapbox for his multiple identities whereupon he can shout obscenities and prayers at the same time. Roberto also writes and produces music, and has been known to dance until he rips his pants.

JOHN J. TRAUSE is co-founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, NJ, and the author of Seriously Serial, and Latter-Day Litany—the latter staged off-off Broadway. John has performed with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, and Karen Finley for the City Lights Books celebration at the Poetry Project, NYC.

EMILY KAGAN TRENCHARD began writing poetry while at the University of California, Berkeley. She now lives in Brooklyn and is co-curator of the renowned louderARTS Project Reading Series. A featured writer and performer at numerous reading series and universities across the country, and was a part of Def Poetry Jam’s seasons 3 and 4.

GEORGE WALLACE is author of twenty poetry collections, including Poppin’ Johnny (Three Rooms Press, 2010), Summer of Love Summer of Love (Shivastan Press, 2010), and Jumping Over The Moon (Boone’s Dock Press, 2011). Writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Wet Hills, NY, George appears throughout the US and in Europe to perform, lecture, and conduct poetry workshops.

JANE ORMEROD is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Look carefully and you may spot her in the 80’s cult horror movie classic Screamtime.

When: Thursday, Oct. 20, 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 @ 7pm

Cover Charge: $10


"The Inspired Word isn't just a series, it's a movement."


And please join us for our Tuesday Night Open Mic Joint - same time, same place!

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