Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women

March 23


Downstairs Lounge | 66 East 4th Street (Basement Level)

Monday at 7:30PM

$10 Tickets (+ $1 Facility Fee)

Ten voices rise up to fight the power, the system, the injustice...Powerful Words/Powerful Women is a special Women's History Month experience from Poetry Electric featuring an all female line up of performers.

Jane LeCroy - Heide Hatry - Ilka Scobie - Sarah Duncan -
Stephanie Blanch - Helixx C. Armageddon - Tamra Plotnick -
Eve Packer - Arden Wohl - Danusia Trevino

About the Artists

Helixx C. Armageddon is a performance artist, lyricist, poet, and music producer. She is a founding member of The Anomolies, a gender justice hip-hop collective, formed in 1995. Helixx has performed in notable venues around New York City including Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Hammerstein Ballroom, Gene Frankel Theatre, Howl! Happening and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Currently, she is working on an experimental spoken word album and is based in the East Village.
Sarah M. Duncan is a queer, femme, neurodivergent, white, cis, settler, playwright, poet, educator, performer, and community organizer who grew up in Normal, Illinois (yes, really). She studied Theatre Performance at Bradley University (BA-2009), Creative Writing at the University of Wyoming (MFA-2018), and currently, she is pursuing her masters in American Studies at UMass Boston (Expected 2020). From 2011-2016, Sarah lived in New York City and Brooklyn, where she performed and created in a variety of venues, including The Wild Project, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Gym at Judson. She curated and hosted many poetry shows, and co-created and organized activist theatre festivals under the title of Occupy the Empty Space. In the following years, Sarah has spent time in academia, focusing on radical, creative pedagogy/teaching, hybrid creative work, queer-time-dis/ability-trauma-pop-culture-and-race studies (inherently interconnected), and grassroots immigrant rights and prison abolition organizing movements in Laramie and Boston. In 2018, her chapbook entitled "Week/End" was published by Headmistress Press, and one of her poems in the chapbook was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. That same year, Sarah also began performing stand-up comedy in Boston. She last performed at The Stand Up Jam at Improv Boston in September of 2019. Her next show will be on March 4th as part of Farris and Friends at Improv Boston. Sometimes, Sarah can be spotted busking around Boston with her extremely talented friend, Rachel Ravina, in a little band they've affectionately named, "Well Meaning Religious Parents." After receiving her degree this May, Sarah plans to teach, create, art, fight for justice, and craftily dodge the student loan companies. You can learn more about her work here: www.sarahmduncan.com.
New York-based German artist Heide Hatry taught art for 15 years while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. Since moving to New York in 2003 she has curated numerous exhibitions, has shown her own work at museums and galleries around the world, has edited many books and art catalogues, has produced about 200 unique artist's books, treating texts of writers and exploring her own writing, and had 4 books published about her own work: Skin (2005), Heads and Tales (2009), Not a Rose (2012), and Icons in Ash (2017). Hatry is best known for her body-related performances and her work employing animal parts and cremated remains. Among her fundamental preoccupations are identity, gender roles (and specifically what it means to be a woman), the nature of aesthetic experience and the meaning of beauty, the effects of knowledge upon perception, and the human exploitation of the natural world.
Jane LeCroy fronts the lyrically driven bands, The Icebergs (cello/voice/drums), hear “Eldorado” on cd, also, the spontaneous music project, Ω▽ (Ohmslice), with Bradford Reed’s modular synth, hear “Conduit” on vinyl, both from Imaginator Records, available streaming everywhere; so follow these projects now! Jane has toured with the women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit, and is a character at The Poetry Brothel. Three Rooms Press published, “Signature Play”, a multimedia book of her lyrical poems, including a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry book, “Names” was published by Booklyn and is archived in the Library of Congress along with her braid.
Eve Packer: Bronx-born, poet/performer/actress, appears solo, w/music, in dance and theatre. She has appeared in works ranging from Beckett to Hansberry to Baraka & others.  Several grants and awards including NYFA, Jerome Foundation, NEH, and NYSCA.She has published three poetry books, skulls head samba,, playland  poems 1994-2004, and new nails. (Fly By Night Press)..Has several poetry/jazz CD’s w/ saxophonist Noah Howard,  and others, the most recent: ny woman: poetry/jazz highlights. Spring '18 saw her new chapbook foss park. Fall '19 she was proud to appear in william electric black's the whites. Teaches at WCC. Lives downtown and swims daily. (evebpacker@aol.com)
Tamra Plotnick’s poetry and prose works have been published in a number of journals and anthologies, including: Serving House Journal; The Waiting Room Reader, Vol II: Words to Keep You Company, edited by Rachel Hadas; and Global City Review: International Edition. Her memoir excerpt “Barbie and Gandhi Sitting in a Tree” appeared in The Coachella Review. Her poetry manuscript In the Zero of Sky is looking for a publisher. She has read and performed her work in multimedia shows at a range of venues, including Dixon Place, La Mama Theater, Zinc Bar and Cornelia Street Café. She teaches at The James Baldwin School in Chelsea and lives in Brooklyn with family.
Native New Yorker Ilka Scobie is a poet and art writer who teaches poetry in the public school system. Recent work has appeared in Marie Claire Italia, London Artlyst, American Book Review and small press publications. Book publications include the anthology Resist Much/Obey Little, Flower Power Man, and Jews: A History of the Lower East Side. Of her participation in the 2020 St. Marks Annual New Year’s Reading, the Wall Street Journal noted: “But they also offered poems marked by a sense of whimsy or nostalgia. Or, in the case of a work by Ilka Scobie, a little of both.”

Danusia Trevino is an actress and a storyteller. Born and raised in Poland. She toured the United States and Europe with the New York City punk band FUR. As an actress, she performed with the Black Lips Performance Cult and Anohni ( Pyramid Club and PS122) SITI Company (NATL tour) Solo show Wonder Bread; (HBPF, 59E59st, Theater Row, TNC, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). La MaMa (Erick Ehn Festival). Most recently she performed with the Wooster Group in A Pink Chair (The Centre Pomidou, Paris/The Performing Garage NY/ Red Cat LA, Skirball Center , NY ) and with the Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr Ginsberg/Bialoszewski (The Performing Garage) Film work: XenophiliaActs of Worship, Where is Joel Baum, Metamorphosis, and An Actress. Web series: The Louise Log. She was a part of the New York literary salon, Women of Letters at Joe's Pub, This Alien Nation also at Joes Pub and appeared at Cornelia Street Cafe's Liar's Show. A Moth double Grand SLAM winner she is a regular with Moth Main Stage. Her story “ Guilty” has been featured twice on the Moth Radio hour PRX. Danusiatrevino.com
Arden Wohl is a native New Yorker residing in the East Village with her husband, artist Jonah Freeman and their son, Roman. She has a BA in Film and Television Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She had an ethical fashion line with the brand cri de coeur. She continues to write and read poetry around New York City. She is of Jewish heritage.