Curated by William Electric Black Hosted by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright An evening of Righteousness with Mr. Wright In conjunction with Live Mag! Issue #14
Featuring Readings and Performances by Darryl Alladice, Akeem Duncan, Cliff Fyman, Barbara Henning, Jennifer Juneau, Annabel Lee, and Ilka Scobie
With art by Luigi Cazzaniga
Plus very Special Guest Stars SHARON MESMER and ANDREI CODRESCU
About the Artists
Darryl Alladice is a writer from New York currently living in New York. His work focuses on growing up in Harlem and Brooklyn, having Sickle Cell Anemia. He has performed at various venues, City College of New York, Queens College, Boston Public Library, Schomburg Research Center, numerous times at Cornelia Street Cafe, 440 Gallery in Brooklyn. He along with several others have formed a non-profit organization called One Breath Rising whose mission is to produce quality artistry in intimate settings, i.e. jazz, spoken word, and world music. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Jaundice and Measuring in Liters. www.deealladice.com
Andrei Codrescu new poetry book is The Art of Forgetting (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016). His recent books include Bibliodeath:My Archives (with Life in Footnotes), So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012, Whatever Gets You Through the Night: a Story of Sheherezade, The Poetry Lesson, and The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. Andrei is an homme-de-lettres whose poetry, novels, and essays have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1966. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life & Letters (www.corpse.org). He has received a Peabody award for his film Road Scholar, and has reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania (1989) and Cuba (1996). He has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983. His lives in New Orleans, the Ozarks, and New York.
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recentlyBlue Lyre from Dos Madres Press and Radio Poems from The Operating System. He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg and also taught. For many years, Wright ran Cover Magazine. New work is included in New American Writing, 2017. Wright stages events at KGB and La Mama in conjunction with Live Mag!
Hailing from the southeast section of the Bronx, Akeem K. Duncan is inspired by an off-kilter harmony of love, drugs, instinct and generational existentialism. His work usually comes in the form of what he affectionately refers to as "receipt poems," brief but sweet excerpts scribbled on the back of pieces of paper. He is also an entrepreneur, an aspiring curator and currently heads a grassroots art magazine titled Quiet Lunch.
Cliff Fyman rides a bicycle over the 59th Street bridge to Long Island City and a garage where he rents a yellow taxi he drives at night in Manhattan.
BarbaraHenning is the author of three novels and eleven collections of poetry. Her most recent books of poetry are A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015) and A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013). She lives in Brooklyn and teaches for Long Island University and for writers.com.barbarahenning.com
Jennifer Juneau's work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, the Million Writers award and a Sundress Best of the Net award and has appeared in the American Poetry Journal, Café Review, Cincinnati Review, Columbia Journal, Evergreen Review, Seattle Review, Verse Daily and elsewhere. Her poetry collection, More Than Moon, is due out early 2018 from Diaphanous Press.
Annabel Lee, author of Basket (Accent Editions), Continental 34s (Vehicle Editions), the forthcoming Minnesota Drift (Wry) and translator of Blaise Cendrars’ At the Heart of the World (O Press). She translates Robert Walser and Louise de Vilmorin, writes fiction and poetry, is a musician and, as a publisher, is praised.
Sharon Mesmer is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays. Her newest poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place (Bloof Books, 2015), was voted “Best of 2015” by Entropy. Previous poetry collections are Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008), The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose Press, 2008), Vertigo Seeks Affinities (chapbook, Belladonna Books, 2007), Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998) and Crossing Second Avenue (chapbook, ABJ Press, Tokyo, 1997). Four of her poems appear in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (second edition, 2013). Other anthology appearances include Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017), Poems for the Nation: Edited by Allen Ginsberg (Seven Stories Press, 2000) and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999). She is co-editor of Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf, just published by Edge Books. Her fiction collections are Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette Littératures, Paris, in French translation, 2005), In Ordinary Time (Hanging Loose Press, 2005) and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose Press, 2000). An excerpt of her story “Revenge” appears in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues, 2012). Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant (2011), a Jerome Foundation/SASE award (as mentor to poet Elisabeth Workman, 2009) and two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships (2007 and 1999). Her essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and the Brooklyn Rail, among other places. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs of New York University and The New School, and lives in Brooklyn.
Ilka Scobie is a native New York poet who also writes about contemporary art for London Artlyst and Brooklyn Rail. She has taught poetry in the public school system for many years. Recent work has appeared in Urban Graffiti, here/there, and the anthology Resist Much/Obey Little. She is a co-editor of Live Mag.
Born in Milan, Italy Luigi Cazzaniga has lived in New York since 1984. Recent exhibitions include work shown at the Greenwich Art Council, CT, Bronx No Commission, Gare 2 in Brescia, Italy and the Soncino Biennale, Italy. His projections have been viewed at the Bronx Museum, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Shankill Arts Festival, Ireland and Castelmagiore Contemporare, Italy. A 2017 interview with Oliver Stone was shown on Italy’s Channel 2.
About 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!