Sunday, August 9, 2009

Poetry Turn On !

Bringing all the poets together for you: one night only !
Come experience the Poetry Turn On ! A HOWL! Festival Event
Hosted by Nathaniel Siegel

Thursday Sept 10th, 2009 8pm to 10pm
The Parish Hall at
St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery
131 East 10th Street @ Second Avenue

Suggested donation $10.00 to benefit the HOWL ! HELP Fund.

Come hear poets from The Bowery Poetry Club, Cave Canem,
A Gathering of the Tribes, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Poetry Project.

Scheduled to read and perform:
From The Bowery Poetry Club: poets Eliel Lucero, Lynne Procope,
Shappy Seasholtz, Jean Ann Verlee.

From Cave Canem: poets E. J. Antonio, Evan Burton, Juliet Howard,
Nicole Sealey, Camille Rankine.

From A Gathering of the Tribes: poets Steve Cannon, Steve Dalachinsky,
Yuko Otomo, Amy Ouzoonian, Chavisa Woods.

From Nuyorican Poets Cafe: poets Samuel Diaz, Daniel Gallant,
Carlos Andres Gomez, Mariposa.

From The Poetry Project: poets Jim Behrle, MacGregor Card,
Paul Foster Johnson, Patricia Spears Jones, Stacy Szymaszek.

Selected bio's as of 8/12/09:

NATHANIEL SIEGEL is the author of TONY published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. (host)

SHAPPY SEASHOLTZ is the current Slam-Master of NYC-URBANA poetry slam series which runs every Tuesday at 7PM at the BOWERY POETRY CLUB where Shappy is also the surly barkeep. He's the head Dungeon Master of Spoken Nerd and runs the NERD SLAM every year at the National Poetry Slam. He has 8 long boxes of comics, over 100 Viewmaster reels and a complete run of WackyPackages. He has been seen in DEF POETRY, SLAM PLANET
and most recently as a Trekkie in the film FANBOYS. He will be touring this fall with the Elephant High-Dive Revival tour with WRITE BLOODY PRESS. He is the Chosen One.

E.J. ANTONIO is a 2009 fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her work has been published in various Journals and magazines; most recently, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, and The Mom Egg Literary Journal. Her work is forthcoming in The Encyclopedia Project. Her first chapbook, Every Child Knows, was published in the Fall of 2007 by the Premier Poets Chapbook Series, and she is one of the featured poets on the CD, Beauty Keeps Laying It’s Sharp Knife Against Me: Brant Lyon and Friends.

EVAN ROSS BURTON has been writing poems since he could read. His first poem was about his grandmother sleeping on the couch on Christmas morning. It was a marginal success. Born in Baltimore, Evan is completing his MFA at The City College of New York, and is a resident of Brooklyn. He is published in The Promethean, Gigantic Sequins Magazine, and on line at

JULIET P. HOWARD, a native New Yorker, is a poet, lawyer and Cave Canem fellow. Her poems have been published in Queer Convention: A Chapbook of Fierce, Cave Canem XI 2007 Anthology, Promethean Literary Journal’s Spring 2008 and 2007 editions, The Portable Lower East Side (Queer City) and Poetry in Performance. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of the City University of New York in 2009 and holds a BA in English from Barnard College, as well as a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

NICOLE SEALEY is a writer, editor, and poet. Her interviews with acclaimed writers Sapphire, DJ Spooky and Patricia Smith can be found in Artists and Influence: Volume XXV, Studio, and Mosaic literary magazine, respectively. Her poems have appeared in Feeding the Soul: Black Music, Black Thought and His Rib.

STEVE DALACHINSKY was born in 1946, Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared extensively in journals on & off line including; Big Bridge, Milk, Unlikely Stories, Xpressed, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, N.Y. Arts Magazine, 88 and Lost and Found Times. He is included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, Charles Gayle, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians, such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Thurston Moore (SonicYouth), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) has garnered much praise. His most recent chapbooks include Musicology (Editions Pioche, Paris 2005), Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective 2003), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse 2005), St. Lucie (King of Mice Press 2005), Are We Not MEN & Fake Book (2 books of collage - 8 Page Press 2005). Dream Book (Avantcular Press 2005). His books include A Superintendent's Eyes (Hozomeen Press 2000) and his PEN Award winning book The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook, Ugly Duckling Presse 2006).
His latest CD is Phenomena of Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records 2005).
He has read throughout the N.Y. area, the U.S., Japan and Europe, including France and Germany.

Japanese origin. A bilingual (Japanese & English) poet & a visual artist (in pursuit of Pure Abstraction). She also writes haiku, art criticism & essays. She has read in St. Mark's Poetry Project, Tribes, Bowery Poetry Club, ABC No Rio, La Mama, NY Public Library, Knitting Factory, the Living Theatre, etc & in Japan, France & Germany. Her latest publication includes "Small Poems", "The Hand of The Poet" (both from Ugly Duckling Presse) & "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Museum" & "Fragile" (both from Sisyphus Press). She exhibited her art work at Court House Gallery @ Anthology Film Archives & Vision Festival, etc.

SAMUEL DIAZ is a poet, chemist and computer whiz. A longtime chronicler of the Nuyorican poetry phenomenon, he wrote the monthly online column Our New Nuyorican Thing and is currently the host of a monthly poetry series at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

DANIEL GALLANT is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. His writing has appeared in the Random House anthology Talk To Me and the Best American Short Plays of 2007-2008, among other publications. Daniel's plays and monologues have been performed at venues including the 92nd Street Y, Center Stage, Galapagos, HERE and Theater For The New City.

is an actor, playwright, and poet from New York City. He is a Russell Simmons HBO Def Poet and 2006 International Poetry Slam Champion. Winner of the 2009 Artist of the Year Award at the Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he stars in Spike Lee’s number one box office smash hit film “INSIDE MAN” with a lead role alongside Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen. Carlos has headlined over 200 college shows and at international festivals spanning 3 continents, delivered the keynote address at numerous conferences, and facilitated thousands of workshops on a wide range of topics around the world.

MARIPOSA, a.k.a. Maria Teresa Fernandez Rosario, is an award winning Nuyorican Bronx poet, actor, educator, artist and activist. As a poet-in-residence at The Caribbean Cultural Center, Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Bronx Writers Center and Teachers & Writers Collaborative, she has taught poetry workshops to elementary, junior high and high school students throughout New York City, as well as several branches of The New York Public Library and senior citizen centers. She has performed in major poetry venues, including The Nuyorican Poets Café, at The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico; over a hundred colleges and universities throughout the United States; at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa; and at the Essence Music Fest in New Orleans. Mariposa's current projects include the development of her one woman show; and the completion of her spoken word CD and a manuscript of poems and memoir.

JIM BEHRLE lives in Brooklyn, NY. Recent work of his hasn't appeared anywhere.

MACGREGOR CARD is a poet, translator and bibliographer living in Queens. His first book, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary, will be out in Fall 2009 from Fence Books (selected for the Fence Modern Poets Series by Martin Corless-Smith). He was the editor of The Germ (archives at and Firmilian: A Spasmodic Knowledge Base ( He is currently editing an anthology of New York School poetries with Olivier Brossard.

PAUL FOSTER JOHNSON’s first collection of poetry,Refrains/Unworkings, was published in 2008 by Apostrophe Books. With E. Tracy Grinnell, he is the author of the g-o-n-g press chapbook Quadriga. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of literary journals, including Cannot Exist, GAM, EOAGH, Pom2, Fence, The Portable Boog Reader 2, Antennae, Bird Dog, and Octopus. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He is an editor at Litmus Press and currently lives in New York, NY.

PATRICIA SPEARS JONES is an award-winning poet, editor, playwright, teacher and former Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. Her poetry collections are Femme du Monde and The Weather That Kills. Her work is anthologized in Bowery Women: Poems; broken land: Poems of Brooklyn; Poetry After 911; Blood & Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard; Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology; and Best American Poetry, 2000. Poems, interviews, reviews and commentary in The Poetry Project Newsletter, Black Renaissance Noire, Court Green, Bomb, Calabar, Callaloo, Black Issues Book Review, Essence, The Brooklyn Rail, The Southampton Review; TriQuarterly, and Two plays were commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines: ‘Mother’ in 1994 and Song for New York: What Women Do When Men Sit Knitting in 2007. Her website is

STACY SZYMASZEK is the author of Emptied of All Ships and Hyperglossia (both with Litmus Press). She is the Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. (introducing)

Selected photo credits as of 8/12/09:

(Photo credit: Shappy Seasholtz by shappy Seasholtz. Used with permission.
Copyright Shappy Seasholtz. All rights reserved.)
(Photo credit: Macgregor Card by Macgregor Card. Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: Paul Foster Johnson by Stacy Szymaszek.Used with permission. Copyright Stacy Szymaszek. All rights reserved.)
(Photo credit: Nicole Sealey by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: Juliet P. Howard by Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Used with permission. Copyright Rachel Eliza Griffiths. All rights reserved.)
(Photo credit: Evan Ross Burton by Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Used with permission. Copyright Rachel Eliza Griffiths. All rights reserved.)
(Photo credit: E.J. Antonio by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: Nathaniel Siegel by Nathaniel Siegel. Used with permission.
All rights reserved. Copyright Nathaniel Siegel.)
(Photo credit: Steve Dalachinsky by Marilyn Kaggen. Used with permission.
All rights reserved. Copyright Marilyn Kaggen.)
(Photo credit: Yuko Otomo by Marilyn Kaggen. Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: Samuel Diaz by Samuel Diaz. Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: Daniel Gallant by Jim Block. Used with permission.
All rights reserved. Copyright Jim Block.)
(Photo credit: Carlos Andres Gomez by Billy Bustamante.
Used with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright Billy Bustamante.)
(Photo credit: Jim Behrle by Jim Behrle. Used with permission.
All rights reserved. Copyright Jim Behrle.)
(Photo credit: Patricia Spears Jones by Teri Slotkin. Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: Stacy Szymaszek by John Saarsgard. Used with permission.
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(Photo credit: St. Mark's Church in the Bowery by Nathaniel Siegel.
Used with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright Nathaniel Siegel.)

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