January 21, 2013 at 8pm
Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for an eclectic celebration of female voice and vision. La Mama’s eighth annual Women’s Reading features Hettie Jones, Tavi Fields, Pam Lashkin, Janice Lowe, Phyllis Capello, Cindy Hochman, hosted by Ilka Scobie and William Electric Black.
Ilka Scobie ‘s latest chapbook “The Blue Sky” was published in Italy by Soncino Press. Her recent readings include the Bronx Museum and The Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland. She teaches poetry in the public school system and her journalism and art criticism appear in Italian Marie Claire and Artcritical.
Hettie Jones’s twenty-three books for children and adults include her memoir of the Beat scene, How I Became Hettie Jones; the poetry collection Drive, which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber Award; Big Star Fallin’ Mama, Five Women in Black Music, honored by the New York Public Library; and No Woman No Cry, a memoir she authored for Bob Marley’s widow, Rita. Jones is the former Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee, and the editor of Aliens at the Border, a poetry collection from her workshop at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. She teaches at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center and in the Graduate Writing Program of The New School.
Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Ms. Laskin started out as a poet; consequently, hundreds of her poems have been published as well as four poetry chapbooks. GRAND CENTRAL STATION, a full-length collection, was published in 2003, and since that time REMEMBERING FIREFLIES (Plain View Press); SECRETS OF SHEETS (Plain View Press); GHOSTS, GOBLINS, GODS AND GEODES (World Audience); VAN GOGH’S EAR; (Cervena Barva Press) and DARING DAUGHTERS/DEFIANT DREAMS (A Gathering of Tribes) have been published. Publish America recently published a book of children’s poetry that she co-authored with Ms. Jeanette Adams, a well-known African American children’s poet, and also Ms. Elise Buchman, ANIMALS CRACKERS AND THEIR FRIENDS. Tudor Press published GETTING TO KNOW YOU, a YA novel, in 2003, and Diversion Press published VISITATION RITES, an expansion of a young adult story originally published in SASSY magazine.
Janice Lowe is a poet, composer and performer. Her works for musical theatre include Somewhere in Texas (book and lyrics by Charles E. Drew, Jr.), Lil Budda (text by Stephanie l. Jones) and Sit-in at the Five & Dime (libretto by Marjorie Duffield). Lil Budda received a developmental residency at the Eugene O’Neil Musical Theater Conference and was presented at the NAMT Festival of New Works. Sit-in at the Five & Dime was recently workshopped at Music Theater Co. in Highland Park, IL. Janice performs regularly at Frank’s Wright Night in Brooklyn and was a featured composer and songwriting coach on the pilot episode of My Time (OWN). Her poems have been published in numerous journals including Callaloo, American Poetry Review and The Hat. She is co-founder of The Dark Room Collective and holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from New York University.
Phyllis Capello’s poems and fiction are published in: The Dream Book, From the Margin, The Voices We Carry, Don’t Tell Mama, The Milk of Almonds, Creative Nonfiction, Reading, Writing and Reacting, The New York Quarterly, The Wind in Our Sails, The Little Magazine, Legendaria, The Paterson Literary Review, and Literary Mama. A NYFA fellow in Fiction, a prizewinner in The Allen Ginsberg Poetry contest, her program On the Breath, about Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, was presented at the International Oral History Conference in Rome. She is a poet/musician/teaching artist with Community Word Project, Teachers & Writers Collaborative & the NYC Ballet Education Department. She gives concerts and performs with the Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Unit entertaining children and their families in NY hospitals.
Cindy Hochman is a freelance proofreader and legal assistant. She is the editor-in-chief of the online journal First Literary Review-East, an associate editor of Mobius, the Poetry Magazine, and an interviewer for Poetry Thin Air Cable Show. Her poetry is upcoming in the New York Quarterly, Lips, CLW WR, and The Cancer Poetry Project Anthology, and her book reviews are widely published. Her latest chapbook is The Carcinogenic Bride. She is on the Board of Directors of the Civil War Round Table of New York.