Monthly Archives: July 2004

7-28-2004 – Lynne Procope

July 28th, 2004 – Lynne Procope
Lynne Procope 
is a poet and teaching artist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is a founder of the New York based non-profit, the louderARTS Project Inc. and a director of its Workshops and Outreach Program as well as curator of the experimental performance workshop, synonymUS. She was a member of the New York’s 1998 National Poetry Slam Championship winnim. She is co-author of the collection, Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2000) and her work appears in the Summer/Fall 2000 Drums Voices Review, Poetry Slam Anthology (Manic D Press, 1999) and How to Read an Oral Poem (Univ In May, 2002 Ms. Procope was a featured writer at Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival. Her writing and performances were commissioned by Vision Into Art as part of Sounds by Kandinsky and Democrazy (pt. 1) at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute at North Carolina School of the Arts through the Spring and Summer of 2002. She is currently writing newly commissioned works for performance in the 2003 edition of Democrazy. She has been a featured poet/performer at several venues across the US including colleges and universities such as Pace, NYU, the University of Texas at Austin, Macalester College, Hampshire College, Bryn Mawr, Boston College, Amherst College and Mount Holyoke. (host – Faith) 

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7-21-2004 – Ravi Shankar

July 21st, 2004 – Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
is poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the online journal of the arts Drunken Boat . His first bookInstrumentality was published by Word Press. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in such places as The Paris Review, Poets &Writers, Time Out New York, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, Descant, LIT, Crowd, The Cortland Review, Catamaran, The Indiana Review, Western Humanities Review, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, among other publications. He has read at such venues as The National Arts Club, Columbia University, KGB, and the Cornelia Street Café, has held residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, has served on panels at UCLA, Poet’s House, South-by-Southwest Interactive/Film Festival, and the AWP Conference in Baltimore, provided commentaries for NPR and Wesleyan Radio, reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and is currently editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry. He does not play the sitar.(host – Alice-Anne)

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7-14-2004 – Jive Poetic

July 14th, 2004 – Jive Poetic
From his hometown in Buffalo, NY to London, England, JIVE POETIC has ignited microphones with humorous wordplay and thought provoking verbal display. During a lengthy deliverance of revolutionary regression to teen suicide and sex, JIVE POETIC opts to teach the masses a lesson in life. His incentive? Watching the reaction of his listeners. And after winning his first slam in January of 2001, it was understood that his audience heard every word he said. Soon, JIVE POETIC began to season his art form through feature performances at local New York and New Jersey venues earning his stripes as a verbal connoisseur after rave performances at the Brooklyn Moon to Serengeti Plains. The University of Buffalo graduate would later return home to claim Buffalo New York’s Grand Slam title in 2002. A former member of the internationally recognized Tri-City slam team that won “The Cross The Boarder Slam” held in Toronto, Canada. Presently JIVE POETIC is a member of the Nuyorican Poetry Café’s National slam team. (host – Peter)

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7-7-2004 – Shijin V

July 7th, 2004 – Shijin V
(si-gin : Japanese for poet and V being the roman numeral for five – as in five poets, in this case five women poets.) Come check out this new performance troupe who owes its beginnings to Wednesday Night Poetry.
Dasha Walters is 25, lives with her parents in Danbury, CT and has turned to poetry instead of wallowing in self-pity. She enjoys kindness, pizza and martial arts…oh, and she also likes moonlit walks on the beach with the wind in her hair and a song in her heart.
Robin Sampson took the long road home to poetry and other persuasions of the written word after swearing off it as a teenager. Along the way she got a degree in geology, played bass in a bar band, became a wife and mother to 3 kids (20,16,10), counseled breastfeeding mothers, worked various odd jobs, took up gardening, archery and beading. Her publishing credits include The Book of Hope, The Company We Keep, and forthcoming in The Depot Anthologyand The Bitter Oleander.
Alice-Anne Harwood – after abandoning her years of performance training from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, Alice-Anne turned her attention to her literary talents finding opportunities to work as a poet, playwright, publicity director, grant writer, editor, teacher and the proprietress of Harwood Research and Writing Services. Co-host of multiple reading venues, her work can be found in numerous journals and magazines.
Mar Walker – singer, songwriter, sculpture, painter, wordsmith, actress, talent extraordinaire. She’s been known to make faces from clay, masks, and indulges in a variety of visual interpretations. She’s been known to make poetry, make music, and make an impression. Check out her web site at 
Faith Vicinanza is a published poet, visiting artist, editor, publisher, and Master Teaching Artist in Poetry for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Her most recent collection Faith Vicinanza’s Greatest Hits, 1994-2004 is forthcoming from Pudding House Press this summer.
— Come check out this new performance troupe and experience a 30 minute straight run through with five local favorites-not to be missed. 
(host – Cheryl)

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