Sunday, September 13, 2009

Edwin Torres kicks off poetry tour at Cornelia Street Friday Sept 18

Cornelia Street Café and Three Rooms Press present


Friday, September 18, 2009, 6 p.m.

Featured Reader: Edwin Torres

Host: Kat Georges

at Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia Street (btwn W. 4th St. & Bleecker)


This is Edwin Torres' first reading of the fall season and it's sure to be a winner. This remarkable poet and performer has long been a favorite feature at the Pony series and we're really excited that he's coming back!

Beginning in 1989, poet Edwin Torres created a movement which he called "Interactive Eclectrcism", which combines movement, audience participation, music and songs. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe not only opened its door for his creation but it also opened the doors to a new world of reading poetry. Torres also created the "Poets Neurotica", where dancers and musicians performed alongside two to four poets. He was a member of "Real Live Poetry" from 1993 - 99, performing and conducting workshops across the US and overseas.

Torres has represented New York in the 1992 National Poetry Slam, celebrated in Boston, and he has won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe First Annual Prize for Poetry with his poem "Po-Mo Griot." He has also appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and the Charlie Rose Show and been featured on Newsweek, in Rolling Stone Magazine and in New York Magazine. His poem, "I Saw Your Empire State Building" was included in the book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam in the chapter which dealt with the poetry slam community's response to 9/11, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, and Heights of the Marvelous: A New Tork Anthology, among many others.

The Son of a Pony Poetry Series at Cornelia Street is one of NYC's favorite open poetry readings. Arrive early to sign up for the open. Doors open at 5:45 pm, poetry starts at 6 pm. Admission of $7 includes a free drink plus all the poetry we can pack in--what a deal!