SpokenWord open mic/scène ouvert every Monday/lundi. SpokenWord 2 every Wednesday. All summer.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list. 

Drop one euro in the hat to support the night, the magazine, this community.

SpokenWord themes 
July 6th – REVOLUTION guest poet Alien Architect
July 13th – JAZZ guest poet Rita Malikonyte Mockus
July 20th – NEW YORK, NEW YORK guest poet Adeena Karasick
Aug 3rd – POSTCARDS guest poet Janine Booth
Aug 10th – BAKSHEESH
Aug 17th – ESCAPE
Aug 24th – HATS
Aug 31st – HEAT

SpokenWord 2: Open Secret every Wednesday
At Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Hosted by David Sirois, sign up 8.30pm.

The Other Writers’ Group:
All summer. Every Sunday.

Shakespeare & Company, 

37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005.

An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros. Description Join us afterwards for a drink.



Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata. Writer sketch by Helen Cusack O’Keeffe.

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Guest poet Monday 6th July Alien Architect


Alien Architect:  listen here

Alien Architect / Cohen Asher (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a multidisciplinary artist, working with music, visual arts, and poetry. He has recorded several records, with a lyrical quality associated with MC or poet. In 2014 The Alien Architect published the experimental hip hop album Arteria. Alien Architect is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist known for mixing hip hop and poetry. He has opened for Wu-Tang Clan, Schooly D, Badfish, Wax, Slightly Stoopid, Shwayze, Sam Roberts Band, and Jef Lee Johnson to name a few. Alien Architect recorded a song with The Gift of Gab from Blackalicious in 2012. He has shared poetry stage experiences with poets like Smyte9, Lamont Steptoe, Elliot Levin, and Ursula Rucker. Alien Architect has played all over the streets and venues of Philadelphia, in Mexico, Egypt, a desert in Israel, and many other places across the United States.



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Photo-report from SpokenWord Paris on June 15th : Boats, Trains, Planes!

Images from June 15th. Photos by Sabine Dundure, except one. Guess:

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The theme: Boats, Trains, Planes. Guest Nomadic Poet: Cecilia Llompart from The New Wanderer Poetry Collective. More pictures on our facebook page. See you every Monday (Summer included).

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Monday Jun 29th Special Guest: Malgorzata Kasprzycka

Photo(1)Theatre director, performer, musician, teacher who lives in Paris but moves around constantly. Member of the Young European Theatre Laboratory and of the collective of directors Inspire Group which evolved into her own company Volcano Song. Her first project “Sinon l’hiver / if not, winter”(inspired by poetry by Sappho), received a grant from the Ministery of Culture of Mexico. As a musician she performed with a folk duo “Autumn Train” and with her solo project “Ginger”. In September she will be performing in “Andy, a Popera” (Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera of Philadelphia). In the center of her work lies the relationship between the voice and the body. A lover of bridges, trains, places, train stations, airports and theatre stages of all kind. Like the Spokenword Paris’ non-stage.

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The Other Writers’ Group.

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Monday 8th June – On the telephone; guest poet Cecilia Woloch

The theme is on the telephone.

And a sguest poet we have Cecilia Woloch – ”In 2014, Scribe-l’Harmattan published the French translation of Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, as Tzigane, le poème Gitan. The text of Tsigan has been the basis for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe, and is currently being translated into Polish. A novella in prose-poems, Sur la Route, is forthcoming from Quale Press.” (Read more here)

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Monday 1st June’s guest poet – Duckie L’Orange

Duckie L'OrangeDuckie L’Orange is a performance artist who works with puppets, storytelling, burlesque and humour.
Based in Sydney Australia, she has performed in the Sydney Opera House, Australian Museum, the Rocks Village Bizarre, Sydney Tower, Bondi Beach Theatre, nightclubs, festivals, forests and car parks.

Monday’s theme is The Moon.

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Day change for this week’s SpokenWord 2 – Open Secret

Exceptionally, and due to events beyond our control, SpokenWord 2 -Open Secret is on THURSDAY not Wednesday. (Thursday 28th May)

Still at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005. Metro St Michel or Maubert-Mutualite.

Sign up 8.30pm, poetics start underground in the cave 9pm.


David & David

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Monday 25th May – SpokenWord celebrates Childhood

The theme is Childhood. And Bibi, as our guest poet, is gonna speak about a project she’s supporting by the charity Un Enfant Par La Main.

All money in the hat goes to this charity! Please be generous (if you can) and give 5, 10 or more euros!


The project Bibi is raising fund for

The charity – Un Enfant Par La Main

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Guest poet 11th May – Fork Burke

ForkFork Burke is a poet currently living and writing in Switzerland – She received her BA in Creative Writing from The New School, New York, NY. Her poems have appeared in Hoezo Lepels?, PRAXILLA, Lyre Lyre, Unshod Quills, Caucasus ArtMag and Three Rooms Press publication Maintenant, as well as Le désir Live Radio Show for Art Basel 2012 – Basel Kunstmuseum Radio 2012 – 2012 Lyrics for BLOOD by Nick Porsche. Contributing poet at The First Brussels International Underground Poetry Festival – Her book Licking Glass is a book of poems, poetic essays and other images. Licking Glass is also included in the permanent collection of Poets House Library, NY, NY. Recordings include Fork Remixed – Which was among the winners of the Australian International Song Competition. Her latest Spoken Word recording durch die Blumen will be released April 2015

THEME for 11th May; Art and Artists

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Rethabile Masilo – guest poet 4th May

Rethabile is a Mosotho poet who enjoys reading and writing. He lives in Paris, France, with his wife and two children. Rethabile is self-employed and works in language-teaching. He says he has been writing for a good while, learning through trial and error and picking up lots of sounds by reading and re-reading the poems that he likes. His work has been published in various magazines (including THE BASTILLE no.2 and no.3 – ed.) and online.

Rethabile was born in 1961 in Lesotho and left his country with his parents and siblings to go into exile in 1980. He moved through The Republic of South Africa (very short stay, on account of the weight of Apartheid), Kenya and The United States of America, before settling in France in 1987.

He blogs at Poéfrika and co-edits with Phil Rice the literary magazine Canopic Jar.

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