Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mon 10/24 Saturn Series: Sarah Bedell & Roxanne Hoffman 7PM Nightingale Lounge NYC

A couple of weeks ago, Su Polo invited me to read at her Monday night Saturn Series Poetry Reading at Nightingale Lounge in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood.  Regretfully I've been absent from the weekly open mic for quite some time, returning  last week to support wonderful poet and friend, Mary Orovan, who was the feature.  The open mic had several bright spots including two friends of Mary's both named HaroldRichard W. who read a piece inspired by the recent Wall Street demonstrations and a Mr Austin who read a very interesting long narrative about the artist Ray Johnson, known for his "nothing" performances and his final "nothing" -- his carefully planned death by drowning.  I did catch most of Mary's reading on my little RCA Small Wonder and will be sharing some footage on YouTube and BuzzSprout shortly.

I'll be back at Saturn Series next Monday October 24th as a featured poet.  Joining me will be another poetry friend, Sarah Bedell.  I met Sarah for the first time at one of weekly sessions the late Arthur Bitterman's Riverside Poets Workshop at the Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library during the summer of 2003.  One of the steady contributors to the weekly workshop, and an editor of the group's annual chapbook workshop, she and the poet and actor Anthony Moscini now lead the weekly workshop.

Hoping to see many of you in the audience and at the open mic next Monday at 7pm at Nightingale Lounge at East 13th and 2nd Avenue on Monday, October 24th. Here's are the details of the event:

A NYC Poetry Periodical
~ Poetry Open Mic every Monday nite for 18 years ~
Featuring Sarah Bedell and Roxanne Hoffman
Hosted by Su Polo

Date: Monday, October 24th

Time: 7pm - 9pm. (Open mic sign up starts at 6:30pm.)

Place: Nightingale Lounge, 213 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 ( NW corner of East 13th & 2nd Ave) 212.473.9398
Directions: By subway take 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square/14th St. or L to 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. NJ PATH to 14th Street and head west.

Admission: 2 Drink/$10 Minimum + $3 Suggested Donation. 21+.

About the Featured Poets:

Sarah Bedell is a poet who has been a New Yorker since college. By day she works in a law firm, and in the evening she teaches English as a Second Language and leads The Riverside Poets Workshop with Anthony Moscini. Her poems have appeared in the annual anthology of The Riverside Poets Workshop, including Volume 13 which was published this fall.

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her work appears in several anthologies including The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates (Soft Skull Press), Love After 70(Wising Up Press), and It All Changed in a Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial). She's run the small independent literary press, Poets Wear Prada, since 2006.

About the Host:

Su Polo is a multi-talented artist. A native New Yorker, her songs and stories convey unusual insights and surprises found in life's everyday events and encounters. She is a singer/songwriter with guitar and dulcimer, Jazz vocalist, photographer, painter and sculptor, set designer, computer graphic artist specializing in print production and created her website . Her book, Turning Stones, a collection of poems and stories is available at St. Marks Books.

She is the founder and host of the Saturn Series poetry reading in it’s 18th year every Monday night at Nightingale Lounge. She hosts the Artists' Lounge Music Showcase & Open Mic, also at Nightingale Lounge. Su is the set designer for the last 6 years of the New Years Day Poetry Extravaganza held at the Bowery Poetry Club. You can find her on Facebook and Myspace.

Su is currently working on her second book and her one woman show.

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