Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July 2 Cornelia St. Poetry Blowout with (back from Chicago) Marty McConnell & (out from the UK) Caroline Gilfillan

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010
Direct from England!
Back from Chicago!
NYC's Best Open POETRY Mike
Hosted by Kat Georges

Join us this Friday for two STRONG women poets at the Fabulous Son of a Pony reading series in the wondrous basement performance space of Cornelia Street Cafe. Caoline Gilfillan and Marty McConnell will rock your world--be sure to catch them (as well as join in NYC's most varied open poetry reading).

Caroline Gilfillan was brought up in Sussex and spent her formative years in east London writing, playing in various bands, and working in publishing and education. She’s written poetry all her life, and her work was published in Seven Women and One Foot on the Mountain early in her writing career. Her poem The Painter was nominated for the Forward Prize for the best individual poem in 2007 and her work appeared in the Forward Collection of Poetry in the same year. She was a winner of the North West Poetry competition in 2000, and Drowned in Overspill, a collection of her poetry, was published by Crocus Booksin the same year. Yes, her new collection, was published by the Hawthorn Press in December 2009.

For nearly a decade, poet Marty McConnell co-curated the flagship reading series of the New York City-based louderARTS Project, which featured poets including Yusef Komunyakaa, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux, and more. She appeared on both the second and fifth seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She returned to Chicago in 2009 to co-found Vox Ferus, an organization dedicated to empowering and energizing individuals and communities through the written and spoken word. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Women of the Bowery, Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry, Will Work for Peace, Women.Period and In Our Own Words: Poetry of Generation X, as well as journals including Salt Hill Review, Rattapallax, Fourteen Hills, Pedestal, Boxcar Poetry Review, The November 3rd Club, Thirteenth Moon, 2River View, Lodestar Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, and Rattle. She recently relocated to Chicago so don't miss this rare opportunity to catch back on NYC turf.

The featured readings follow the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/convivial mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319.www.corneliastreetcafe.com

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