Last Sunday, Trae Durica and I took the stage at Bowery Poetry Club for BOOG’s Poet Theatre. It was a wonderful event, with so many great writers and actors. Take a watch!
Hydrogen Junkbox, your friendly neighborhood purveyors of poemusic, present an evening featuring New York’s most badass poets, music, art and circus burlesque!
Come to Branded Saloon located at 603 Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn. Show is from 7-9pm. It is FREE, but please support this great venue and purchase drinks and/or delicious food.
Art projections from RACHEL LYNGHOLM
Poet ELIEL LUCERO
Poet AMBER ATIYA
Poet TRAE DURICA
Human Sound Effects Machine ZERO BOY
Poet JANE ORMEROD
Poet THOMAS FUCALORO
HYDROGEN JUNKBOX (Aimee Herman, David Lawton and Zita Zenda) is a performance collective looking to inspire and innovate by stirring music and poetry together into “poemusic”. Beat the cookie drum!
I’m very excited to perform alongside David Lawton and Zita Zenda, my Hydrogen Junkbox poetry bandmates at this year’s BOOG City Poets’ Theatre Night at Sidewalk Cafe located at 94 Ave A in NYC. We will be performing a new, theatrical version of our song, Rice Paper Heart.
The event is from 5-7pm. Event is free, but please come and support this venue. They have great food!
A great line-up also featuring the thought-provoking poetry of my spouse, Trae Herman-Durica!
5:15 p.m. “I wore suspenders …” by Trae Herman-Durica
5:30 p.m. “Dating van Gogh” by Francine Witte
5:45 p.m. “A Butterfly for Nabokov” by LuLu LoLo
6:00 p.m. “Rice Paper Heart” by Hydrogen Junkbox
6:15 p.m. “Charity” by Austin Alexis
6:30 p.m. “Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy
Kilgallen” by Davidson Garrett
6:45 p.m. “The Guides of March” by John J. Trause
Celebrate Poetry, Sun, and Imaginations gone WILD at the annual NYC Governor’s Island Poetry Festival.
I will be there with great weather for MEDIA and hosting Queer Art Organics on Saturday July 29th, featuring Trae Durica, Sarah Sala, and Aldrin Valdez at 2pm on the Algonquin Stage.
Sunday July 23rd
5-8pm / Brickhouse Brewery and Restaurant / 67 West Main St. Patchogue, Long Island
Aimee Herman, Trae Durica, Rorie Kelly, Terri Muuss, Maggie Burke, Nichole Acosta, LB Thompson, Travis Madison, Annie Manildoo and a talk by Luna Vasquez
Celebrate PRIDE month with a very special
QUEER ART ORGANICS
Bring a poem or piece of text by a LGBTQ writer and storm the stage!
Then, listen to the incredible poetry and words of TRAE DURICA
Tonight, I’m looking forward to performing alongside the magnificent Trae Durica in my poetic play, postulation.
What happens when two lovers reunite after being left? Come to SIDEWALK CAFE and find out!
SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 5:30 P.M.
94 Avenue A
The East Village
Directions: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to W. 4th St.
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at East 6th Street
7th Boog Poets’ Theater Night, featuring:
5:30 p.m. postulation by Aimee Herman
5:45 p.m. Skin of A Spell by Jenn McCreary
6:00 p.m. The Triumph of the Thirteenth Family of Passerines by Maggie Dubris
6:15 p.m. The Body in Equipoise by Joel Allegretti
6:30 p.m. Stage Wrong: Triology by John Trause
6:45 p.m. Unfinished Acts by Christine Choi
7:00 p.m. An Excerpt from Tacoma Method by Zhang Er
7:15 p.m. Shakespeare’s Itches by Susanna Rich
JULY 23rd……Stories and Songs about Coming Out
Cleaning Out Our Closets is featured in the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place, so come and celebrate all the ways we reveal ourselves to others (and ourselves). FEATURING: Aimee Herman and Trae Durica
WHERE? Dixon Place 161 Chrystie St./NYC
WHEN? Door @ 7pm Show 7:30 This is a short show, so please be on time, as it has a running time of 45 minutes.
*There will be poetry books and Keith Haring inspired patches for sale!!!****
Aimee Herman is a performance artist, poet and teacher, widely published in journals and anthologies. Aimee has two-full length books of poems and is currently writer-in-residence for Big Words, Etc. reading series.
Trae Durica is a poet and artist, whose work has been published by NYSAI and great weather for MEDIA. He will be featured in the BOOG poetry festival in August.
Aimee Herman, a performance poet, writer, and educator, is very clear about her reasons for founding Queer Art Organics, a monthly series held at Dixon Place.
“I wanted to create a space specifically for LGBTQ writers and performers, and to celebrate the immense range of talent in this city,” she told me. “We’ve had new writers and established ones as well. I wanted this series to be less about one’s bio and more about having an encouraging space to share work with a welcoming audience. I started going to open mics at age 18, and I still remember how it felt to be given three minutes to untangle my soul onstage.”
As host and curator, she selects people she’s seen perform, but also responds to queries from people wanting to be featured, and to recommendations by friends and participants. Some of the artists are as new to her as they are to the audience. “Amazingly,” she told me, “I have never been disappointed.”
The stripped-down, one-hour show, which Herman calls “a beautiful teaser of infinite talent,” consists of three or four performers, and does not limit itself to poets. Storytellers, comics, musicians, and performance artists of all kinds — including belly dancers and sword balancers — have been featured. My recent visit to the series demonstrated Herman’s success in presenting performers who vary widely in their experience. One of the artists, Charlotte Marchand, was reading in public for the first time. She enjoyed great support from the friends she had brought along and from the listeners, as she read excerpts from letters written by her late father. The prose piece was titled, appropriately, “Coming Out to My Dead Father,” and referenced the author’s experience in the women’s movement of the late ’60s and with the Weatherman, two topics that don’t often arise at readings.
Trae Durica, another of the night’s features, describes himself as “genderqueer masculine.” Although he’s had some experience reading in public, Durica said he still feels like “a ball of anxiety and introversion wherever I read. But I do like reading in a queer, safe space, since I often write about my big queer life. I feel so much support in these spaces, where my story resonates with many others.”
Trae Durica reading from his 2014 chapbook, “Cacophony Worth Remembering.” Photo by Linda Rizzo.
Accompanied by Herman on ukulele for the first few poems, Durica’s reading included work from his 2014 chapbook, “Cacophony Worth Remembering.” I was particularly moved by one of what he calls his “Decisions” pieces, in which he asked the questions “normal” people never get asked. “When did you decide you were straight?” it began. “When did you decide you were the same gender as what’s on your birth certificate? When did you decide to wear clothes that make you look straight?”
“I feel that we need to keep creating these queer spaces where it’s safe for us to tell our stories for as long as it’s unsafe to be queer anywhere in the United States,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I want to read in any space where people are paying attention to performers instead of their cellphones.”
The third feature of the evening, John J. Trause, opened his set by announcing, in a deadpan tone, that he wished to pay homage to Sappho — then, in a hilarious high-pitched voice, recited one of her poems in the original ancient Greek Aeolic dialect.
“I’m a performance poet,” Trause told me, “but I hate being labeled that way. I am also a visual poet, a conceptual poet, a metrical poet, a spiritual poet.” Trause is the Director of New Jersey’s Oradell Public Library and his list of writing credits and published books is long. On this evening, he read some pieces from his brand new book, “Exercises in High Treason,” (great weather for MEDIA, 2016). He describes it as “a work of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts.”
Sappho tribute artist John J. Trause, with his latest book. Photo by Puma Perl.
In keeping with his self-description, the book is playfully arranged with a highly visual and conceptual appeal. “Even though I am a writer and librarian,” he said, “I love to reveal how words betray us. Since I have some real and some fake translation in my book, as well as other verbal transformations, I am committing high treason.”
Queer Art Organics started at Brooklyn’s Branded Saloon in October of 2014, and moved to Dixon Place in February of 2015. “Dixon Place, which is all-encompassing, is my favorite New York City venue,” Herman declared, “because of its resiliency and incredible support to the queer community and to artists in general. I love that they offer free and low-cost shows.”
Charlotte Marchand’s “Coming Out to My Dead Father” referenced her experience in the women’s movement of the ’60s and the Weatherman. Photo by Linda Rizzo.
This summer, the HOT! Festival, which is the world’s longest-running LGBTQ festival, returns to Dixon Place — and Herman is thrilled to have the series included in it. As usual, Queer Art Organics will offer what she describes as “a myriad of language.”
“I want to continue to be inclusive and never feel elite in any way,” Herman said. “Any queer humans out there reading this who would like to perform are welcome to contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes the very best are the ones who’ve never taken the stage before. That’s so often when the magic happens.”
Queer Art Organics is held at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), usually on the second Wed. of every month. It is a free one-hour event and starts at 7:30pm. The next show is Tues., July 19, as part of the HOT! Festival (which runs July 5–Aug. 6). The series skips Aug. and returns in Sept. For more info, visit dixonplace.org. Recent work by Aimee Herman and John J. Trause can be purchased at greatweatherformedia.com.
QUEER ART ORGANICS
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April 13, 2016
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
An evening of music, comedy, dancing, performance art & theatre celebrating LGBTQ performers. In April, Queer Art Organics will feature Trae Durica, Charlotte Marchant & John J. Trause.
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002