April 25 – FACE OUT: Downtown Comes Uptown: A Gathering of the Tribes at Word Up


Downtown Comes Uptown: A Gathering of the Tribes at Word Up

Two great local Manhattan lit orgs meet to keep words alive between the skyscrapers. Poets and fiction writers MARIPOSA, MELANIE GOODREAUX, SHEILA MALDONADO, RON KOLM, FRANK PEREZ, CHAVISA WOODS, POONAM SRIVASTAVA, and STEVE CANNON bring the Lower East Side up to the Heights.

STEVE CANNON, New Orleans-born hoodoo doctor, makes his home in New York’s Lower East Side, where he is known as a heckler. He is the author of the classic underground novel Groove, Bang, and Jive Around, as well as several plays, essays, and a couple of unpublished novels. He is the director of the art and culture organization A Gathering of the Tribes with a magazine and gallery of the same name.

MARIPOSA FERNANDEZ is the author of Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Love & Survival. Her poetry has been featured on the HBO Latino series Habla Ya!, and in the HBO documentary Americanos: Latino Life in the US, as well as on BET and PBS, and her work has been published in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Breaking Ground: Puerto Rican Women Writers in NYC 1980–2012, among others. Mariposa is also the founder of You Can Rock the Mic! (www.youcanrockthemic.com).

Originally from New Orleans, MELANIE GOODREAUX is a poet, playwright, actress, and director whose work has been featured all across the country. Her works of poetry have been performed at the Nuyorican Poets Café, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, among other places, while her plays have been featured at Chelsea Playhouse, the Abingdon Theater, the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles, and more.

RON KOLM is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine, the editor of the Evergreen Review, and, as a member of the Unbearables, an editor of several of their anthologies. He is the author of four books of poetry: Welcome to the Barbecue, Rank Cologne, Divine Comedy, and Suburban Ambush. His work has been published in the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Urban Graffiti, Tribes, and Live Mag!. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, catalogued in the Fales Collection as part of the Downtown Writers Group.

SHEILA MALDONADO is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo, and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan where she is working on her next project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.

A son of El Barrio, FRANK PEREZ is a published author, playwright, poet, and an Obie-award winning director and producer. As an activist, he has marched, demonstrated and performed everywhere there is injustice. He produces EHT-TV, an award-winning cable TV teen talk show dealing with East Harlem community and youth issues. His published poetry can be found in the anthology Me No Habla Con Acento.

POONAM SRIVASTAVA is a writer and a citizen of the world. Her work can be found online at A Gathering of the Tribes and October Babies, and in print at the Comstock Review. She has been featured at the Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings, Glitter Pomegranate at Eve’s Lounge, and, most recently, at Rainbows Across the Diaspora at Dixon Place. Her first full-length book of poems is forthcoming this summer from Fly By Night Press.

CHAVISA WOODS is the author of two books of fiction, The Albino Album and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind. She was the recipient of the 2013 Cobalt Prize for fiction and a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for fiction. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the Evergreen Review and the Brooklyn Rail, and she has read at the Whitney Museum, Instituto Cervantes, Seattle Town Hall, among other venues. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors, she is currently completing her third work of full-length fiction.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

FACE OUT: Downtown Comes Uptown: A Gathering of the Tribes at Word Up
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY


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