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February 23, 2011 – Zork & LV

Eric ZORK Alan

Zork

Eric ZORK Alan, a 9x National Slam Poet competitor, is probably best known for standing on chairs & gratuitously dropping names… like that he is the only poet ever to have his book [appropriately called “I am NOT a  poet”] blurbed by Davy Jones, Dobie Gray & Wild Cherry.   Zork is slammaster for Westchester’s only Nationally certified Slam at the White Plains Public Library.  ZORK POEM: “When I fall in Love” from 2nd Green Mill Feature (this poem is not performed in schools) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9adQc3u0Hw  ZORK POEM: “Name Dropping” from NYC Cornelia Street Feature http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCF0zfWO638 ZORK POEM: “God is like a girlfriend” [Worcester, MA feature] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4se7SpSup98

LV

LV

LV

Laura Vookles (LV) authored the chapbooks John on the Chrysler: Poems of Love and Grief and Love Letters to my Mostly Ordinary Life, earned Pushcart Prize nominations in poetry and prose, and competed nationally for the White Plains NY slam team and in two Women of the World Poetry Slams. She’s a Memphian, a mother and a museum curator—a writer on the job as well as from the heart.

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February 16, 2011 – Double Feature!!! Brian Clements and Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Brian Clements

Brian Clements

Brian Clements is the author of a new book of prose poems, Jargon, a sequel to 2009’s And How to End It (both books from Quale Press). He is the founding editor of the small press Firewheel Editions and of Firewheel’s flagship journal, Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics. He is Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University.

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Born in the UK, in 1974, and raised in Ghana (where he attended Achimota School), Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a performance poet, writer and sociocultural commentator. A veteran of several poetry festivals, and former Poet-In-Residence at the Poetry Cafe in London, he has performed Poetry in the UK, Europe, Ghana and the US and was a 2005 Associate Artist-In-Residence with BBC Radio 3. In 2007 he was British Council writer-in-residence at California State University, Los Angeles and became one of the youngest living writers (along with Owen Sheers and Choman Hardi) featured in the Poems on the Underground programme in London for his poem Tin Roof.

Nii runs regular workshops in the UK and has set up a Writer’s Fund in Ghana to promote writing among the country’s youth. He has recorded two CDs of his spoken word poetry, Incredible Blues and Nocturne of Phrase, and has published three chapbooks of poetry – eyes of a boy, lips of a man, M is for Madrigal, and the self-published Shorter!,which was put together to raise money for the Writers’ Fund initiative. Nii is also the Senior Editor at flipped eye publishing for whom he has edited fourteen two (Editor), Dance the Guns to Silence (Co-Editor with Kadija Sesay) and x-24: unclassified (Co-editor with Tash Aw). Nii’s short stories can be found in Tell Tales: Volume I (Tell Tales) and Mechanics Institute Review (Birkbeck) and an excerpt from his second fiction manuscript, Afterbirth, is featured in the New Writing 15 anthology published by Granta in June 2007. His debut novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2009.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes with GH kids
Nii Ayikwei Parkes with GH kids

An experienced performer of his work Nii has appeared at readings all over the world, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York; The Royal Festival Hall, London; and Java, Paris, and often leads writing and performance workshops. He was the Resident poet at Borders Bookstores where he hosted the monthly open mike at Charing Cross Road between 2001 and 2005. He is currently a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story. He now runs the African Writers’ Evening series at the Poetry Cafe, in Covent Garden.

http://www.niiparkes.com/ 

 
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February 9th — Exotic, Neurotic, Erotic Open Myk Night

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Erotic Open Mike Night

Come join our youngest host for what will surely be a sprightly evening of mischief; Derek will be hosting the Exotic, Erotic Neurotic night, tag-teaming with guest duties by Lisa Marie. Bring a raincoat or boa, put on your freak cap and let the tandem fun ensue!

One of WNPS’s longing running theme nights.  Purely an open mike night, bring your love poems, your lust poems, your trashy novel excerpts, you wicked songs.  As always, we remind you this is not meant to be pornographic, it is meant to be wildy delightful, fun, a celebration of the part of us we have a forever chaotic relationship with.   Put on your sexy stockings, celebrate the pending Valentine’s Day with a little decadence – chocolate to be provided, of course.

 
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February 2, 2011 – NO POETRY TONIGHT :-(

 
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