Tonight! A Celebration of Across State Lines Poetics.

 

Tonight. See  over fifteen poets. Two artists create art right in front of you. Music. Projected language. Collaboration. Remix’d Poetics.

Poetry Teachers NYC is excited to host a night where language and art comes alive.

Where? Pomegranate Gallery  137 Green St. NYC  

When? What Time? Saturday, 16 November, 2013/ 7pm FREE!!!

Who will be performing? Travis Cebula, Sara Suzor, Peter Rugh, Thomas Fucaloro, Aimee Herman, Sara Nolan, Sam Jablon, Daniel Dissinger, Megan DiBello, Moira Williams, Todd Anderson, Nichole Acosta , Jane LeCroy , Selina Josephs (artist), Nikhil Melnechuk, Angelo Daniel, Ngoma Hill, and Oded Halah.

Today: a collision on stage!

Aimee Herman and Megan DiBello

Aimee Herman and Megan DiBello @ DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn

Come to The Parkside Lounge today located at 317 E. Houston in NYC from 4-6pm for an open mic featuring the dynamic and magnificent Megan DiBello and I as we storm the stage with our collaborative poetics. This is a great performance series that happens every Sunday. They ask for a $2 donation and it is a 2 drink minimum (they have soda and coffee and tea if you are not inclined to drink). It is 21 and over.

A little about us:

Megan DiBello founded Poetry Teachers NYC in 2010. She holds an M.F.A from Naropa University, in Writing & Poetics and a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College. Megan is also a Literacy Partners Volunteer Tutor. She has been published in Fact-Similie, Flanour Foundry, The Bathroom, & Monkey Puzzle Press. Megan has performed at theWhite Box Gallery, The Bowery Poetry Club, The HOWL Festival, The Socrates Sculpture Park, The Center of Book Arts, and the upcoming DUMBO Arts Festival. Her first hybrid book is entitled, Voyeur Without A Title

Aimee Herman is in the latest issue of The Understanding Between Foxes and Light. Aimee is also a faculty member with PTNYC and absolutely in love with creating spaces for other poets and creative folks to shed their own language. She is a marvelous poet who will crush your soul and feed it back to you.

Dumbo Arts Festival

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I will be joined by fellow Poetry Teachers NYC faculty Dan Dissinger and Megan DiBello amongst other incredible poets at the Dumbo Arts Festival.
 
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Title: Poet Sculpture
Artist: Samuel Jablon
Location:  Under the Manhattan Bridge, in the archway.
Dates: Sept. 28th 12-6pm & 29th 12- 5pm.
 
Description: The formation and words of poets will define the sculpture via collective action, group decisions, and word (sound) waves. The poet sculpture will be in flux, with poets not performing one at a time, but together, interweaving their words, creating a sculpture (“poem”), while physically interacting. There will be a mix of pausing and interrupting. The most important part of this performance will be the response, reaction, and exchange from the poet/sculpture to the audience/passersby.

The installation is a moveable platform, made out of different sized crates. Each individual crate is designed for a departed writer. Performers will be standing on  Julia de Burgos, Jayne Cortez, ee cummings, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Langston Hughes, Tuli Kupferberg, Taylor Mead, Frank O’Hara, and Pedro Pietri.

 
                          Poets: Vito Acconci, Hala Alyan, Isak Berbic, Steve Dalachinsky, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Megan DiBello, Daniel Dissinger, Aimee Herman, Adam Faulkner, David Grubbs, Samuel Jablon, Paolo Javier, Vincent Katz,  Amy King, Chrissy Malvasi, Maria Maribal, Nikhil Melnechuk, Najee Omar, Yuko Otomo, Marissa Perel, Joseph A. W. Quintela, Peter Rugh, John Sands, Rachel Schragis, Samantha Thornhill, Anne Waldman, Moira Williams, and Emanuel Xavier.
 
The installation will be under the Manhattan Bridge, in the archway. Performances will be from 12-6pm on the 28th and 12-5pm on the 29th.

(a) gathering. a collective. [a] community of poetics.

I have moved quite a bit in my life. Pushed things into garbage bags and backpacks and makeshift suitcases. I have traveled across the country to find my place on pages and stages and classrooms. With each move, I always gravitated toward the local open mics. Here is where I always found my people.

In Connecticut, just outside of Hartford, I went to a Wednesday open mic full of mostly musicians, and one other poet who was drenched in romanticism and spirituality. We gathered every week, mainly the same faces and occasionally a few new, curious ones. Eventually, we started collaborating. I was accompanied by a bassist, harpist, electric guitar player and percussion. If we had met in any other way, we’d barely notice each other. But music and poetry sewed us into this small cafe each week.

In Colorado, in a mountainous town called Boulder, I found an open mic in walking distance to my studio apartment on Folsom Street. I met a tall, illuminating man from Long Island and two young poets who later became my first friends there. We poem’d so hard and fierce, that we later collaborated our languages onto a much bigger stage in a theater. This is where I fell in love with a human who got me; this is where I saw the power of stretching arms and stanzas into performance; this is when I knew there was no back-up plan. I could be nothing else but a poet. But a performance artist. But this slinger of words.

 

Upon moving back to Brooklyn to start my graduate degree several years ago, I found myself searching again. I tried out a few in Brooklyn, then traveled underground toward Manhattan. I started to notice similar faces. The thing about poets is we tend to be shy before the poems come out. Once we unzip, we are animals. I found my zoo of NYC poets early on and have been howling with them ever since.

That Long Island poet who I met in Boulder (who became my mentor), told me: Aimee, make sure you pay it forward. I am paving the way for you and you must do the same for as many others as you can.

So, I search out the ones who move me and make space for them. More than thattell them how they impact me, because oftentimes we forget to say out loud how much these words and gestures mean.

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Almost a year ago, I was approached to be part of something that incorporated all of my favorite things: poets creating a space for other writers to create. Founded by Megan DiBello, Poetry Teachers NYC is a collective of poets and creative humans offering affordable, creative writing workshops around New York City. We also host an array of performance events and open mics. Its been a journey and this road will continue. Today, some PTNYC poets can be found in Brooklyn (including the fantastic, experimental remix’r Daniel Dissinger) , burning up the Way Station stage. Next month, we can be found at the Dumbo Arts Festival. In October, we will be hosting a variety of workshops through Bowery Arts & Sciences. Sign up. It will be more than experience; it will be a disrobe to all the languages and poetics inside you.

 

An Evening of Independent Presses, Writers, & Performances

I am extremely excited to join InStereo Press as we take the stage for That’s Independents! an evening of NYC independent presses and the writers they’ve published curated by Three Rooms Press.

Where? Cornelia Street Cafe  29 Cornelia St. NYC

July 5th/ 6pm/ $8 (includes a drink)

Featuring: Dan Dissinger, Megan Dibello, Sam Jablon, Aimee Herman, Frank Simone, Hala Alyan and many others!

 

The Presses:

The UNBEARABLES are a free-floating, in-your-face Autonomous Zone of Dadaists, Noir Humorists and Beer Mystics. They base their actions of the book, TAZ, by Hakim Bey; they liberated the Brooklyn Bridge every September 13th for many years, picketed the New Yorker magazine, decrying the shitty poetry therein, and occupied the New School where they gave a series of anti-seminars.

In Stereo Press, founded March 2008, in Boulder, Colorado, In Stereo Press is an online zine specializing in undiscovered/new/contemporary writing, music, and visual art.

KICKS BOOKS is an independent publisher based in Brooklyn NY, whose “hip pocket paperback” line reflects the pulp obsessions of founder, Miriam Linna. A longtime collector of printed matter, and paperback books in particular, Linna fulfilled a promise to a friend by publishing his rehab writings in book form. SWEETS by rhythm & blues music legend Andre Williams, appeared in 2009 and has been followed by singular offerings by writers Harlan Ellison, Nick Tosches, Sun Ra and Kim Fowley.

great Weather For Media, founded in January 2012 by former Uphook Press editors Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro, and Brant Lyon—and later joined by George Wallace and Russ Green—great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the bright, the dark, and the innovative.

Three Rooms Press, founded in 1993, initially served as a leading independent publisher of poetry, drama and art sourced from the burgeoning spoken word, music and underground art scenes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Since 2012, it has expanded its mission to publish cutting edge work in fiction, creative historical nonfiction, memoir, photography and art. In 2014, it will expand its line to include children’s books.

 

 

HOWL!

Today, we HOWL! toward the moon & skyscrapers & buskers & artists & ghosts of New York City to celebrate Allen Ginsberg and the words that still linger and the words that have been birthed out of his death.

The Soapbox Poets gather. We speak UP and OUT. Interrupt us with the roots of your own discoveries.

Find us (Dan Dissinger, Megan DiBello, Aimee Herman, Sam Jablon, Francesca Coppola, Sarah Nolan and more and more) at Tompkins Square Park from noon to 6pm or until we run out of breath. TODAY. NOW. 

How to Kick Poetry

When I moved back to Brooklyn a few years ago, I had some hopes of what I wanted to do. Become a student again and work toward/complete my MFA in Creative Writing. Read books by people whose names I have never pronounced. Wear poems on my body because clothes never quite fit me right. Meet other poets and performance artists who would challenge me and inspire my thoughts. Learn. Love. Locate.

Some things we can control, some things we must create.

After a magical journey to Boulder, Colorado several years earlier, I attended Naropa University, home of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. I found stages, ACTivists, music makers, gender warriors and….my fire. I lost sleep– in exchange for beautiful love affairs with patchouli-smoked skin and marathon poetry evenings.

My arrival back to NYC was emotional, but as I shifted my body into overpriced desks, I soaked in Baudelaire, Virginia Woolf, Frank O’Hara and others.

This led me to completing a book, which later got published.

This led me to finding the most supportive group of performance poets and writers, who led me to their stages and spaces and into their lives.

And…
this surprisingly led me back to some of the magical folks from Boulder, Colorado.

I learned of an extremely innovative project by the Quens poet Megan DiBello, who was poem’ing in Boulder at the same time as I all those years ago.

Megan wanted to create a space…an experimental school…where people of all backgrounds could take affordable creative workshops from artists teaching poetry, song/music writing, photography, fiction and the business of writing.

She pressed her thoughts and dreams into an action, which led to Poetry Teachers NYC.

I am so proud to be a part of this collective, which hosts monthly open mics at Milk & Roses in Brooklyn, creatively diverse workshops and various performance events.

But like many dreams, there needs to be some more movement. And through movement, we must:
KICK!!!!!!!!!!

We have officially launched our KICKSTARTER.

In a time where many of us are trying to live out our dreams, there is no time better than NOW to support each other. Even if it’s the amount you set aside for your cups of coffee for the week, this money will lead to artists working and teaching and creating.

Watch our video. Learn more about who/what we are. Support. Because as humans, we need to give back sometimes to recognize the beauty and inspiration from collaboration.