SpokenWord open mic/scène ouvert every Monday/lundi

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 
Nov 3rd – Change(s)  &  Guest Poet Freke Räihä
Nov 10th – Relaunch of The Bastille – All the poets and writers in 
THE BASTILLE 3 Interesting Times are invited to come and read their stuff.
Nov 17th – Fear(s)
Nov 24th – the Clitoris
Dec 1st – Astrology, Astronomy
Dec 8th – “I’m not gay… really!” Guest poet – Troy Yorke with his new book
Dec 15th – Fishy….. Guest: Fun King Nero
Dec 22nd – last times
Dec 28th – SpokenWord or not? to be confirmed

Friday Nov 14th – the first Parisian Poetry Brothel (pimp: Alberto Rigettini) see here
Saturday Nov 29thThanksgiving Poets Party at Moe Seager’s. “I’ll cook a huge turkey. Some will bake pumpkin pies and other deserts. Bring a theme poem: Thanks or No Thanks.”

The Other Writers’ Group:
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday even in July & August
 at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros. Description Join us afterwards for happy hour at The Gentleman, 1 bis rue Hautefeuille, 75006, behind place St Michel.

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Troy’s book launch at Corrupt Press reading with 3 other Paris poets

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I’m thrilled to announce the Paris launch of my poetry book “Hole in My Side: Redemption of the Moon-Hooker” published by Corrupt Press! Please come for a very special evening on Wed Nov 19 at 19:30 to Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimire-Delavigne, 75006 Paris, to witness the unveiling and pick up a copy! The book features 84 of my most provocative poems plus several of my illustrations. The evening will showcase readings from four poets published by Corrupt Press: Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Kate Noakes, Rufo Quintavalle and myself. I hope you will join the fun and I can’t wait for you all to finally see the book – it’s been a long time coming! After the launch the book will be available for order at Corrupt Press but it’s better to grab a copy now while supplies last :-D
See you at the launch!

Wed November 19 at 19:30
Berkeley Books of Paris
8 rue Casimire-Delavigne
75006 Paris


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Relaunch of The Bastille & Call for Submissions

Photos by Sabine Dundre – full album here.

Call for submissions for poetry and prose – deadline 15th December – here.

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Monday 10th Nov – Relaunch of THE BASTILLE – Interesting Times

Monday 10th November’s SpokenWord is different – it’s the relaunch of our magazine THE BASTILLE – Interesting Times.
First 2 rounds will be some of the amazing stuff that people contributed to it, read by the poets & writers themselves.
Third round is open mic.

Cheers all,
DavidInteresting Times 10th Nov

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SpokenWord 20th Octember – Theft

Hannni hosting in the top hat. Jonathan lecturing on obsidivism. A film from Helen. And much more. Next week’s theme – Ghosts. Thanks to Sabine Dundure for the photos – more on our facebook page.
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Photoreport from Spoken Word Paris October 13th: Odd Jobs!

Pictures by Sabine Dundure. Full Album here.

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Report from 6th Oct – I wish we’d stolen that dog

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Thanks to Sabine for the photos. More photos here. Some fragments from the night: Naniso actually using stolen dog phrase in his story. ”Let me tell you the flesh of things,” was another phrase of his that I liked. Jonathan: … Continue reading

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Spoken Word Paris September 29: Extraterrestrial!

Photo-report by Sabine Dundure. More Pictures here.

Caricature-report by Marzio Mariani. More Caricatures here. Like it as you like.

Downstairs au Chat Noir special fundrising night for Dawn of the Algorithm with our featured Dinosaur poet Yann Icus! You can still donate here (11 days left). The cast included: David Barnes, James Waltz, Ferdinand, Victor, Will, Halim, Francesca, Pallavi, Helen, Khronos, David Sirois, Albert Alla & Chris Newens, Leemore, Vincent & Fred, Julien, Lucy, Charlie, Miss Peacock, Kelly, Amelia, Lauren, Elizabeth and the final duo Gaie & Adrien better known as “Witches, Monkeys and Dancing Carpets”. With Sabine Dundure taking pictures and Marzio Marziani drawing sketches (see if you recognize yourself!) Many more poets expected next Monday at the same hour. Edgy theme: I WISH WE’D STOLEN THAT DOG. You have to include this phrase somewhere in what you read. Cheers!

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The Poetry Brothel in Paris: Open Call for poetry whores

10715749_10102657296817705_2137715896_nFor its Parisian event, The Poetry Brothel is ​looking for a batch of poetry whores: male and female, emerging and established, local and international. Are you a poet? Do you enjoy reading poetry in your bedroom at home? Have you ever put on a costume and changed your name? Would you like a glass of absinthe right now?!​ If so, please send ​five poems (no longer than two pages each)​, ​your professional bio, ​a Poetry Brothel ​”character” bio (thepoetrybrothel.com/meet.html), and a photo of yourself to The Madame at thepoetrybrothel@gmail.com.​ We’ll be soon announcing the date and venue but we can say already that the Paris Poetry Brothel will occur during the weekend that goes from November 14th to 16th. You’ll be paid by the clients for private readings that you give. Perks include free booze for those of drinking age and professional photography sessions. Serious inquiries only.  

About The Poetry Brothel:

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. Based in concept on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel’s “Madame” presents a rotating cast of poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully constructed character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms. For a small fee, all of the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel need a good cover; The Poetry Brothel’s is an immersive cabaret, offering a full bar, live jazz, burlesque dancers, painters, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience function as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private. Past guest readers have included Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, Jerome Rothenberg, Dorianne Laux, Dorothea Lasky and Ariana Reines, among dozens of others.

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Photoreport from 22.9.14 – spam

Thanks to Sabine Dundure for the photos. Monday 29th’s theme is extraterrestrial… or possibly EXTRAterrestrial… and Yann Icus is Guest Poet. Sign up from 8pm au Chat Noir.

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