Poetry Electric: Voices of the New Resistance

February 20, 2017

Monday at 8PM

Against the President on President’s day!
The New Resistance

Hosted by  Jane LeCroy & Kaila Mullady

Money gives us its paper cuts from which we are bleeding to death. How will we save the world?  Diversity, Inclusion, Acceptance. NYC poets and beatboxers demonstrate the art of the new resistance.

FEATURING:

| John S. Hall | Heide Hatry | Aimee Herman | David Lawton |

| Jane LeCroy | Maria Muentes | David Mills |

| Jimi Pantalon | Puma Perl | Liza Jessie Peterson |

| Peter Spagnuolo | Norman Stock | Alex Tatarsky |

| Jeff Wright | Susan Yung |

AND Beats of…Kaila Mullady & Beatbox House Collective

About The Artists

Liza Jessie Peterson is a renowned actress, poet, playwright, educator and advocate. Liza has written several plays including her most recent one woman play The Peculiar Patriot, which embarked on a national prison tour where she performed in over 35 jails and penitentiaries across the country. Also known for her exceptional poetic skills, Liza began her poetry career at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in the mid-90’s and was a vital member of the enclave of notable poets who were part of the “underground slam poetry/spoken word” movement before it attracted television cameras and became a national obsession. It was this electric group of artists that inspired Russell Simmons to bring “spoken word/slam poetry” to HBO where Liza appeared on two episodes of Def Poetry. She has shared the stage with luminaries such as Nona Hendryx, Toshi Reagon, Amiri Baraka, The Last Poets, Craig Harris, Vernon Reid, Rakim, Carl Hancock Rux and Sandra St. Victor to name just a few.

John S. Hall is an American poet, author, singer and lawyer perhaps best known for his work with King Missile, an avant-garde band that he co-founded in 1986 and has since led in various disparate incarnations. Unusual Squirrel is his current new project you can catch performing around NYC.

Jane LeCroy is a NYC based poet, singer and performance artist who fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs, and the psychedelic experimental music project, Ω▽Ohmslice. She has toured with: the SF based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit. Jane is a poet-in-the-schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Her chapbook, Names, published by the art-book house Booklyn, in the award-winning, ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published, Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Icebergs just released their debut album, Eldorado, from www.ImaginatorRecords.com

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a publisher, critic, eco-activist, artist, and poet. He is the author of 13 books including most recently Triple Crown, Sonnets, and Party Everywhere. He received his MFA in Poetry after studying with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College and taught there for several years. He has served on the Poetry Project’s Board. From 1987 to 2000 he ran Cover Magazine, the Underground National. Radio Poems is forthcoming from The Operating System. Poems of his will appear in the 2017 issue of New American Writing. Currently, Wright publishes Live Mag!

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010) and Buying Breakfast For My Kamikaze Pilot( Gibbs Smith, 1994, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest). His poems have appeared in The New Republic, College English The New York Quarterly, Verse, The New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks.

Hydrogen Junkbox is a music and poetry collective created by David Lawton and Aimee Herman, guided by the spirit of Brant Lyon. They will be joined by Starchilde. We aim to stir, rumble, and rouse!

Susan Yung: Domestic–violence; misogynist–hater; anti–racist; democractic–anarchist; ghettoe–girl; Chinatown–Harlem; East Village–West Village; homesteader–gentrifier; yuppie–squatter; homeless–sheltered; American–Asian; World–Traveller; Adventress–Common–Law–Wife; Photographer–Videographer; Martial–Fine–Artist; Musician–Drummer; Artist–Scientist; Geologist–Librarian; Mathematician–Designer; Collector–Exhibitionist; Buyer–Seller; Cook–Politician; Migrant–worker; Independent–Dependent; Pacifist–Activist.

Peter Spagnuolo is the author of All the 1,000 Nothings of the Hour, forthcoming from Pressed Wafer Books, 2017. His poems appear in Poetry, the Threepenny Review, the London Review of Books, and in fine letterpress editions.

Heide Hatry is a New York based German artist, whose work transforms, transcends, or transgresses the customary relationship of artist to both audience and art. Among her fundamental preoccupations are identity, gender roles, the nature of aesthetic experience and the meaning of beauty, the effects of knowledge upon perception, and the human exploitation of the natural world.
She studied and taught art at various schools in Germany while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. She has curated numerous exhibitions, has shown her own work at museums and galleries around the world, has edited many printed books and art catalogs and 4 books document her own art.

Alexandra Tatarsky is a writer and performer born and raised in New York City. Called a "hilarious, finely tuned absurdist" by Theater Jones and "an East Village relic" by Vogue, Tatarsky's one-woman-shows have all premiered at Poetry Electric at La Mama ETC. Her latest piece, Americana Psychobabble, goes to JACK in Brooklyn Feb 24 & 25th. More at tar-tar.biz

Bruce Pandolfo is a published poet, songwriter and experimental hip hop artist from Long Island who has recorded 7+ albums, performed and toured over the last 7 years bearing and abiding by the moniker and mantra "AllOne". He loves you and hopes you are happy and fulfilled.

Maria Muentes is a native New Yorker of Dominican and Ecuadorian descent. She has been involved in the immigrant rights, educational equaltiy and housing justice movements. She has two children that she hopes will be able to afford the live in New York City in the future, if they choose.
Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and Her Friends, and two full-length poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and Retrograde, (great weather for MEDIA press.) She is the creator, curator, and producer of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium, which launched at the Bowery Electric in 2012 and brings spoken word together with rock and roll. As Puma Perl and Friends, she performs regularly with a group of excellent musicians. She is also a journalist and writes cultural and arts columns for the Villager and other publications. Puma is a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and a 2015 New York Press Association Award in recognition of her journalism.

About The Poetry Electric

The Poetry Electric fuses music, movement, sound, and dance with the spoken word and presents artists working in a wide range of styles including beatboxing, jazz and hip-hop theatre. This series has presented over 200 emerging poets from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The Poetry Electric is presented monthly at The Club at La MaMa. Find out more about The Poetry Electric!
This project was made possible, in part, through The Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Pieces of it were developed at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, and in Mexico City on a travel grant from the Fund for Authentic Journalism.