Thursday, November 1, 2012
SPECIAL EVENT - Patricia Smith Presents Staten Island Noir: Dark Tales from the Forgotten Borough - Thursday, Nov. 8
An Inspired Word SPECIAL EVENT: Patricia Smith Presents Staten Island Noir: Dark Tales from the Forgotten Borough, featuring award-winning writers Patricia Smith and Bruce DeSilva, former criminal defense attorney Eddie Joyce (who published his first story in this anthology), and acclaimed poets Marguerite Rivas, Eric Alter and Thomas Fucaloro - all Staten Island natives who will read original work created and set in New York's most maligned and underrated borough.
Signed copies of Staten Island Noir will be available!
Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including "Blood Dazzler" and the recently released "Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah." This is her first published short story.
Bruce DeSilva is the author of the Mulligan novels, including the Edgar Award-winning "Rogue Island" and his latest, "Cliff Walk." He is a former editor for the Associated Press and a master's thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Staten Island native Eddie Joyce was a criminal defensive attorney for 10 years. This is his first published story.
Thomas Fucaloro is the author of "Inheriting Craziness," from three rooms press, and is editor of Great Weather for Media. He is pursuing his MFA in creative writing at The New School. His team came in 21st at this year's 2012 Poetry Slam Nationals in Charlotte NC.
Eric Alter is a 33.4 ton M4 Sherman Tank. His work focuses on family, space, Staten Island and can be found at the bottom of a whole bunch of garbage cans.
A native Staten Islander, Marguerite María Rivas’s essays and poems have been published in such journals as The Americas Review, Earth’s Daughters, Medicinal Purposes, Acentos Review, and The Más Tequila Review, and her first full-length collection, Tell No One: Poems of Witness, was recently published by Chimbarazu Press. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Marg Chandler Memorial Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Rivas was cited by the New York State Assembly as a Staten Island Woman in History for her contribution to the literary arts and is widely regarded as the de facto Poet Laureate of Staten Island. She is an Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Staten Island Noir, an anthology edted by Patricia Smith and published by Akashic Books (http://www.akashicbooks.com/), contains stories from B-BOYS and Staten Island natives to Edgar Award–winners, bringing Staten Island front and center as a borough that's bellowing and boisterous and insisting on identity. Staten Island may be the last New York borough to be represented in the Noir Series, but that’s only because no one knows it. This introduction will be intriguing, addictive, and not totally comfortable.
About the Editor:
Patricia Smith is the author of six acclaimed poetry volumes, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah was published by Coffee House Press in the spring of 2012. Her work has been published in Poetry, the Paris Review, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals and anthologies, including the 2011 editions of both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. In addition to her poetic works, Smith is also the author of Africans in America, a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS documentary, and the children’s book Janna and the Kings, which won Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Award. She is currently is a professor at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, and serves on the faculties of Cave Canem and the MFA programs at Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine and Sierra Nevada College.
Where: One and One Bar/Restaurant
Downstairs Nexus Lounge
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, New York
By subway, take the F train to Second Avenue and exit the 1st Avenue side.
Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 7pm
Show starts @ 7:30pm
Cover charge: $12 for general seating, $20 for front row reserved.
No age limit.
Produced by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word