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 
Sept 15th – SABBOTAGE
Sept 22nd – SPAM
Sept 29th – EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL with Guest Poet Yann Icus
Oct 6th – I WISH WE’D STOLEN THAT DOG. You have to include this phrase somewhere in what you read.

Coming soon:Relaunch of THE BASTILLE 3 Interesting Times (readings by folks in the magazine)

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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Flora’s last songs… at SpokenWord last night

Flora & David SW 15.9.14

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Paris Dada 2014

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Volunteers sought for Paris literary projects:

SOUGHT: Guest blogger for an invaluable monthly calendar of literary events in Paris http://parisreadingsmonthlylisting.blogspot.fr/ The postings only happen once a month and include English, bilingual and a selection of French reading events and writing workshops. Guest blogger will be encouraged to add their own personal touch to the postings. Currently the job involves 1) receiving and ordering in paragraph formats the information for sections 1-2 of the blog on events and writing workshops in Paris (most people do know how to format these, but with bookstores and various events the job involves reformatting and even contacting or seeking the information) 2) locating information for section 3 on potential calls for work, and selecting a smattering of prose, poetry, travel writing and other information and 3) including in section 3 and on the sidebar announcements for new and forthcoming books by authors based in Paris or who will be reading in Paris that month. Benefits? Everyone will love you forever for helping get the word out. Occasional tickets to events for free (ie some of the theater events) and books by guest visiting authors. The timing is ONE post per month, usually near the start of each month. If interested, please contact Jennifer K Dick at fragment78 at gmail dot com. THANK YOU for posting and passing along this call for blogger!!!

SOUGHT 2: Stagiare who speaks English and at least some French, or French and some English, for Ivy Writers Paris bilingual reading series (see our blog at http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.fr/). Basic duties (to be adapted to the individual intern’s desires and needs): 1) help set up, animate the events and sell books at Ivy Writers Paris monthly reading events 2) make up print mini flyers and post them around town each month 3) attend other readings and art events during the month in Paris and hand out flyers for Ivy at those events–meaning networking and publicity, being the porte-parole for Ivy. The benefits? Meeting and getting to know some of the most exciting contemporary authors writing experimental work in English and French today. Experience as an organizer and aide. Development options? adding duties related to web design, business concept if filing for nonprofit standing (an option) and grant writing. On the ideal side, Ivy is looking into a new publication status–so anyone interested in conceiving then working on developing, designing, editing and publishing a monthly or even yearly publication in print or even potentially online related to Ivy would be a welcome intern. If interested, please contact Jennifer K Dick at fragment78 at gmail dot com. THANK YOU for posting and passing along this call for Ivy Writers Paris intern for the 2014-2015 season!!!

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Monday 25th: Spoken Word goes dancing pour le 70e anniversaire de la liberation de Paris

70 years ago Paris was liberated. Monday 25th August meet au Chat Noir 8-8.30pm as usual. Then we’ll join the Parisians in the bal populaire and celebrate the end of the occupation. 1944 style. 


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Monday 11: Spoken Word Paris goes squatting…

Cat & HatLike every other Monday during the summer Spoken Word Paris goes flaneuring and exploring the City. For Monday 11 we decided to accept the invitation by our old-young friend and fellow performer HLN (you might remember her French Impro Poems) to her squat in VilleJuif-Aragon. Being a squat and very informal place, you are allowed and even invited to bring your own bottles and drinks, but there is also a small bar. Let’s go and discover this underground venue:

6 Rue Jean Prouvé. Metro: Villejuif-Louis Aragon deep down on line 7.

I know for someone might look like a trip into the great unknown, and technically it is, so for the ones who are free early and want to take this trip all together, we can gather and sign up since 7pm into another picturesque place of Paris: Les Arènes Des Lutèce. a Roman amphitheater built during the 1st Century AD. Les Arènes Des Lutèce. Map link at the bottom.

I’ll be there, look for me. (Alberto) We gonna leave around 8pm taking the metro line 7 in place Monge towards the terminus Villejuif – Louis Aragon.


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SpokenWeird 4th Aug au Chat Noir: NIghtmares/les cauchemars


Be there or be damned!
Sign up from 8pm until poetics begin around 8.45pm
Au Chat Noir
76 r Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Metro Parmentier

Alberto under the hat because I’m in Italie…

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Spoken Word Paris July 21: Paranoia!

Pictures by Steve. This is just a selection. Check the full album here or on his blog.

Spoken Word Paris summer edition! It means every two weeks. July 21: we had Bethany Rose, special guest from London and many other guests for all over the world. It was a fund-rising night for Matthew Lancit’s project “Flaneurs – Street Rambles” and we watch a few clips from it. It was also last Spoken Word Night for Gabriel, Lucy and Beatrice. But come next Monday for a flaneur’s wandering Goodbye party where you can hug them one more time. Spoken Word Paris in its original formula comes back in two weeks, on August 4th. Theme: NIGHTMARES!

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What’s this for?

What’s this for? This SpokenWord? this space? this crowd? these listeners? What?
For a safe space to speak
held so by how we are
A place to say my truth, your truth
try to work out a bit of life lived
& get at what it’s about
A place to be vulnerable
A safe place

No goal beyond this.
No rat race here.
Rats! Seek elsewhere!
No suck-cess
here its pull is stilled
Here is for the deeper meeting
with no reason
but to be

What’s this for?
What’s SpokenWord for?
It’s for something bigger than chasing fame or money
It’s for a moment of listening to the echoes of your deepest living
in the words of someone else
shared at risk

What’s this for?
It’s not about money
it’s more important than that
And though we all have only 5 minutes
we’re off the clock
in this safe space

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Photo report from SpokenWord of 21.7.2014 – Paranoia

paranoiaThanks to Steve Nahaj for the photos. Full album here. Paranoia? Marie Baby’s not paranoid. We got in touch with our inner White Bitch with our guest Bethany Rose’s electrifying poem about teaching in inner London. Watched extracts of Matthew Lancit’s upcoming film Flâneurs – Street Rambles. And much more. See you Monday for SpokenWord goes Walkabout… or, Goodbye Gabriel, Lucy and Beatrice. Cheers all, David.

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SpokenWord goes Walkabout… or Goodbye Gabriel, Lucy & Beatrice

A SpokenWord truly in the spirit of the flaneur!


We’ll meet at the Chat-Noir at 8pm Monday (28th July) as usual. Then we’ll go on a pub crawl stopping at bars to do poetry slots, stories, stand-up, songs, etc as usual. This will either be in the bars or on the street, in squares, beside the canal, etc. We’ll have a mini-amp and microphone. We’ll do it in open spaces and we’ll probably head to the canal.
If it rains, we’ll stay in the Chat Noir.
So – weather permitting, this will be a SpokenWord on the move and pub crawl. Theme: double theme!! We invite you to do stuff on the themes of GOODBYE or THE FLANEUR. (As usual, themes are meant to inspire, only follow them fi you feel like it.)

Meet at the Chat Noir at pm as usual and we’ll go from there, probably setting off about 8.45pm

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

If you can’t find us, didn’t make it to the Chat before we left, sms or call Gabriel and he’ll tell you where we are as we roam around Paris.
Gabriel Gorman 06 42 70 68 45

Cheers all,
David & Alberto

Start at Au Chat Noir:
76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 metro Parmentier/Couronnes

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