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SpokenWord: A beatnik poetry night for 21st century Paris

SpokenWord: A beatnik poetry night in 21st century Paris. Howl if you like Ginsberg.

SpokenWord is an open mic night and writers’ community founded in 2006 by David Barnes hosted by him, Alberto Rigettini and now Rosemarie Reyes. Originally it was called Kerouac:

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.                                        — Jack Kerouac

SpokenWord is down to earth, it has no pretensions – its head is too crammed with shooting stars. It moves to a beatnik rhythm – everyone is free to express themselves. Chacun a son mot à dire. It is not a slam night. Our audience are drunk and receptive but they don’t vote you through to the next round. It is an open mic.
SpokenWord speaks all tongues from English & French to Japanese & Swahili. SpokenWord does 6 impossible things before breakfast and lives on a feast of dreams. SpokenWord  has a foot in all the great cities of the world. And sister SpokenWords in London, Stockholm, Pittsburgh, Istanbul, Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was here before you knew you needed it. It will be here when you come back. It’s performance poetry, story-telling, stand-up, monologue, a song. It’s cabaret. Comedy. 5 minute plays. Sometimes it’s dance. Or boxing. Mostly it’s an original text or a classic read well. Lire vivant. It’s a space to do anything with words or performance. There’s only one rule – make the words come alive.

— David

SpokenWord Paris – open mic poetry since September 2006.

Practical information

 Rogues’ Gallery

David Barnes, founder & host of SpokenWord; ran The Other Writers’ Group for 11 years.

Alberto Rigettini, host of SpokenWord

Alberto Rigettini, host of SpokenWord

Rosemarie Reyes, host of SpokenWord

Rosemarie Reyes, host of SpokenWord

Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, Writer in Residence & in charge of guest poets

Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, Writer in Residence & in charge of guest poets

Bruce Sherfield, Other Writers' Group host

Bruce Sherfield, host and organiser of the Writers’ Group

Suzanne Allen, a driving force behind the magazine

Suzanne Allen, longtime member & guest host of the Other Writers’ Group; a driving force behind the magazine

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