Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace
Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace
Featuring: Anne Waldman, The Mast (Haale Gafori and Matt Kilmer), Sahar Muradi, Zohra Saed, Sara Goudarzi, Bob Rosenthal, Papoleto Melendez, Yusuf Misdaq, Tahani Salah, Jackie Sheeler, Chris Brandt, David Henderson,
Eliot Katz, and surprise special guests.
Come hear performances by emerging poets whose families are from Afghanistan and the Middle East; poet Anne Waldman, whose 1,000-page feminist epic, The Iovis Trilogy, has just been published by Coffee House Press; music from the Brooklyn-based duo, The Mast (featuring Haale Gafori and Matt Kilmer), whose debut album, "Wild Poppies," has been receiving rave reviews; a group reading of Allen Ginsberg's great anti-nuclear energy poem, "Plutonian Ode"; and a diverse group of longtime New York poets, including some who worked closely with Allen Ginsberg for many years.
This event is being produced by a recently created NYC-based group, Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace (PREP), which hopes to inspire new and growing activism against war and nuclear energy.
Group Reading of Allen Ginsberg's renowned anti-nuclear energy poem, "Plutonian Ode" with
Bios of poets already confirmed:
Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace 10/23/11 event bios:
Born in Kabul, Sahar Muradi is a co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan-American Literature. Her publications include HOW2 Journal, Sojourner, Green Mountains Review, Phat'itude, and Open City.
A widely anthologized writer, Zohra Saed is the other co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan-American Literature. Her first book of poetry, The Secret Lives of Misspelled Cities, will be released in 2012.
Anne Waldman is the author of over 40 books of poetry. Her latest volume, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, a 1,000-page montage epic taking on the issues of war and patriarchy, was just published by Coffee House Press. Along with Allen Ginsberg, Waldman is the cofounder of Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
The Brooklyn-based duo, The Mast, released their highly acclaimed debut CD, "Wild Poppies," in June 2011. In The Mast, Iranian-American singer and guitarist, Haale Gafori, is accompanied by expert percussionist Matt Kilmer. Haale and Matt have toured widely, playing such venues as the David Byrne-curated series at Carnegie Hall and the Bonnaroo festival.
Sara Goudarzi is a New York City poet and performer, who was born in Tehran and grew up in Iran, Kenya, and the U.S. She is the founder and co-editor of /One/ The Journal of Literature, Art and Ideas. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic News, The Christian Science Monitor, and Drunken Boat, among others.
Bob Rosenthal's books include Morning Poems, Viburnum, Eleven Psalms, and Cleaning Up New York. Having served as Allen Ginsberg's secretary for 20 years, Rosenthal has recently completed a non-fiction volume, based on his work with Ginsberg, which is currently seeking a publishing home.
Jesus Papoleto Melendez is one of the founders of the Nuyorican poets movement. His poetry books include Street Poetry and Other Poems, and Concerto On Market Street. His play, The Junkie Stole the Clock, was the first production of the Nuyorican Playwrights Unit of The New York Shakespeare Festival.
Yusuf Misdaq is an Afghan writer, poet, musician, and filmmaker, who was raised by the sea in Brighton, England. The author of six poetry books and three novels, Misdaq has also released three music LPs and experimental documentary films. Two novels are forthcoming: Narayan, and The Steep Ascent.
Tahani Salah is a poet, educator, and activist from Brooklyn. She was a member of the 2007 Nuyorican National Slam Team, and has appeared on the HBO series, Def Poetry Jam. As a Muslim Palestinian-American woman, Tahani is committed to bringing light and solutions to problems faced by people from communities whose voices are often silenced.
Jackie Sheeler is a card-carrying activist whose books include Earthquake Came to Harlem, and The Memory Factory. She is the editor of Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and About the Police, and has also released several wordrock recordings: Talk Engine and Something for Junior.
Chris Brandt's poems and essays have been published in numerous journals in the U.S. and internationally, including Lateral, El signo del gorrion, La Jornada, Phati'tude, and The Unbearables. He has published translations of Cuban fiction and poetry, as well as a translation of Clara Nieto's Masters of War, a history of U.S. interventions in Latin America.
David Henderson's poetry books include De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California. In addition, Henderson is the author of the bestselling biography, "Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky": Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child, which is now available in a 30-year anniversary edition. He is also the editor of the upcoming Umbra Omnibus, a collection of key writings from one of the seminal Black Arts Movement groups, of which Henderson was a founding member.
Poet and activist Eliot Katz is the author of six books of poetry, including Unlocking the Exits, and Love, War, Fire, Wind, a collaboration with the artist, William T. Ayton. Katz is also a coeditor, with Allen Ginsberg and Andy Clausen, of Poems for the Nation, a collection of political poems that Ginsberg was compiling in the mid-1990s.
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Theatre 80 ST. MARKS (View)
80 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY 10003
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