Open Secret! Your own intimate open mic community, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais – Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).
We have two very special guest poets, visiting us from a long ways away, Nico Vassilakis & Crystal Curry. (Bio’s below). Because of the extent to which they deconstruct & reinvent language, “Language” shall be our theme.
Nico Vassilakis wrestles letters to free them of their word scrum then captures them in mid emancipated dalliance before they return to formulate into the next word. Many of his results can be found online and on his website, Staring Poetics – http://spokenwordparis.us8.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=8f291f07cdd0dd501ebc6bc4d&id=fca025a7c1&e=d7e6d8af06. Nico’s visual work has been exhibited in vispo shows around the world. His latest book, Alphabet Noir (c_L books), is a collection of texts regarding visual poetry. A book, In The Breast Pocket Of A Fine Overcast Day, is forthcoming from Deadly Chaps Press. Nico was vispo editor for COLDFRONT magazine. Nico, along with Crag Hill, also co-edited The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics 2012). He lives in New York City with his wife and children.
Crystal Curry is the author of But I Have Realized It, winner of the Gatewood Prize, selected by Dorothea Lasky (Switchback Books, 2016), Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium (Slope Editions, 2010) and the chapbook Logotherapy Pant (Cosa Nostra Editions, 2008). Her poems, reviews and poetry articles have appeared widely in publications including The Volta, Coldfront, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes and others. She lives in Van Cortlandt Village, BX, NYC with her husband, poet/artist Nico Vassilakis, their children and a little Boston terrier named Timaxzienie.