SpokenWord open mic/scène ouvert every Monday/lundi. SpokenWord 2 this week exceptionally on THURSDAY 28th May at the BIstrot des Artistes.

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 
May 25th – CHILDHOOD in support of Un Enfant Par La Main which Bibi is involved in. She’ll be collecting donations for this charity in the hat – give 5 or 10 euros (or more!) if you can.
Jun 1st – THE MOON guest poet Duckie L’Orange
Jun 8th – ON THE TELEPHONE guest poet Cecilia Woloch
Jun 22nd – ENERGY guest poet Jennifer K Dick

SpokenWord 2: Open Secret (Normally Wednesday but exceptionally this week on THURSDAY 28th MAY at Bistrot des Artistes)
Hosted by David Sirois, sign up 8.30pm.
From 20th May at Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.)

The Other Writers’ Group:
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday
normally at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 but exceptionally on 1st Feb it’s at David’s flat (8 passage Josset, metro Ledru Rollin, call for code 06 26 90 13 26.) 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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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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SpokenWord 2 – Open Secret goes to the Bistrot des Artistes Wed 6th May

bistrotdesartistes1David Sirois will lead the faithful down from the mountain of Moonmartre and across the river… to the friendliest and possibly cheapest bar in Paris – the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005. Same time and format as up in Montmartre, but now in the cellar of the Bistrot des Artistes.

Metro St Michel (line 4) or Maubert-Mutualité (line 10)



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Spoken Word in Paris April 27th: Time!

April 27th, the theme is time running out and the bell keeps sounding for 3 rounds and 22 performers if we don’t count that the whole room took part to a Poetry Workshop The Other Writers Group style. Special guests from all over the world, welcome to passengers and new friends and hugs of goodbye for Pallavi and Merve. See you soon girls! Sabine Dundure took a few pictures of the night. She wants you to listen to Damien Rice while looking at the full album, but I can’t take this responsibility. You gentle reader forgive her and if you already miss them you can always listen to The Worms. While thinking about Monday’s new theme: “Things that are Broken”.




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Lisa Pasold guest poet 27th April – Lisa’s visit postponed

Lisa Pasold

UPDATE – Lisa has had to postpone  due to family events.

Lisa Pasold is originally from Montreal. Her most recent book, Any Bright Horse, was shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. Her first book of poetry, Weave (2004) was called “a masterpiece” by Geist Magazine; her second book of poetry, A Bad Year for Journalists (2006) was nominated for an Alberta Book Award and turned into a theatre piece the following year, premiering in Toronto. Her work has appeared in reviews such as Fence, Exile, and New American Writing.

Theme: TIME

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Monalisa Maione – guest poet 20th April

“Monalisa Maione was born near Boston and escaped to New York as soon as she was legal. She now shares her time writing between California and Paris where she splits her life between different cultures, and not very gracefully. Her perspective as a writer was affected by a serious brain injury in 2013, and the subsequent dissolution of the life she knew both internally and externally. Her poems have most recently been published “30 Years of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival Anthology,” “Walt Whitman’s Corner” in the Long Islander, Great Weather for Media NYC’s Anthology “I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand,” and others. Her voice can be found on Producer Tom Mears’ cd “Miller Street Memories” and at readings around the US. Her first book will be published in 2015.”

Monalisa Malone

Monalisa Malone

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Spoken Word Paris on March 30th: Dreams & Schemes and on April 7th: Beat!

Here is Sabine’s Dundure‘s photo-rumble from the two unforgettable nights. She also suggests you to listen these two songs to better remember those fleeing moments. Click for the soundtracks: Dreams and Schemes & Beat and for full facebook albums Dreams and Schemes and Beat. 78 beautiful pictures!!!

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