Jose Padua to Guest at Spoken World Online June 15th–Monday’s Theme: Growing Pains

JP_Self-Portrait_IMG_20190726_152900_658Jose Padua’s first full length book, A Short History of Monsters, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is now out from the University of Arkansas Press. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as BombSalon.comBeloit Poetry JournalExquisite CorpseAnother Chicago MagazineUnbearablesCrimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and others. He has written features and reviews for SalonThe WeeklingsNYPress, Washington City Paper, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times, and has read his work at Lollapalooza, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Public Theater, the Living Theater, the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and many other venues. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and won the New Guard Review’s 2014 Knightville Poetry Prize. After spending the past ten years with his wife (the poet Heather L. Davis) and children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he and his family are back in his hometown, Washington DC. His poetry and essays appear regularly at Vox Populi (voxpopulisphere.com) and he writes the blog Shenandoah Breakdown (shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/).

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Spoken World Online 8th June features the première of ”Coldhearts, a poetical”

A special event combining the usual spoken word open mic with the première of the short film Coldhearts, a poetical.

Coldhearts is the world’s first ever Poetical – like a musical but where poetry drives the feel, flow, color and chemistry of the film. It was shot in Paris last year and this will be the first ever screening.

Watch the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z_ftvjHrUM

For the spoken word open mic there will be 2 rounds – one before the film and one after – & the theme will be cold hearts.

8pm Zoom room opens, sign up for open mic
8.30pm Spoken word open mic (round 1) on Zoom
9.30pm Watch Coldhearts première on the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCcTTdB9KNcU6–oy9hLbDA
You can also post comments on YouTube.
10pm Back to the Zoom room for discussion of the film including responses to comments.
10.20pm-10.30pm Spoken word open mic round 2 starts on Zoom
(All times are Paris times)

So pour yourself a glass of wine if that’s your thing
and join us to read or listen to the poetry and to watch the film.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Spoken World Online starts at 9pm tonight June 1st, (not the usual 8.30pm). Guest poet Arielle Cottingham, theme Storms.

9pm start for Spoken World Online tonight.
(Not the usual 8.30pm.)
Sign up possible beforehand by emailing spokenwordparis@gmail.com
Theme – Storms Guest poet – Arielle Cottingham
Please help us by spreading the word!
Apologies for the late change.

— David Barnes (Organiser)

Arielle bioTexas-born Afro-Latinx performance artist, dancer, and Pushcart-nominated poet Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a degree in theatre and an Australian Poetry Slam Championship under their belt, they explore the interplay between the word and the body, merging elements of dance and physical theater with written poetry to create multidisciplinary short works they have toured through the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia, from the mamaks of Kuala Lumpur to the Sydney Opera House. Their work has been published in BOOTH, Pressure Gauge Press, About Place Journal, and elsewhere, and their first collection, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry.
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Constant L.Williams to Guest at Spoken World Online May 25th–Monday’s Theme: Scars Poetica

79506999_2759200957475818_6280718358421700608_oConstant L. Williams is a Los Angeles-born poet and former resident of Paris, France, where his writing first came of age. He studied creative writing at the University of Southern California where he received the Beau J. Boudreaux Poetry Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, The American Journal of Poetry, december magazine, Papalota Negra and others. For more information please visit constant-williams.com
 
 
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Michael Rothenberg to Guest at Spoken World Online May 18th–Monday’s Theme: Worlds Apart

_V4I0244Michael Rothenberg is co-founder of the non-profit 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), a 501(c)3, and the “Read A Poem To A Child” initiative. He is also co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c)3, assisting poets in crisis. His books of poetry include Unhurried Vision (University of New Mexico Press),  Man/Woman (a collaboration with Joanne Kyger), The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Inc.), Murder (Paper Press), and Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016). Drawing The Shade was published in 2016 by Dos Madres Press, and Wake Up and Dream was published in 2017 by MadHat Press. His book Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, was published in 2013 by Ekstasis Editions (Victoria, B.C., Canada),  in a Spanish/English edition by Varasek Ediciones, Madrid, Spain in 2017, and most recently in an Arabic edition translated by El Habib Louai and published in Cairo, Egypt by Arwiqa Publishers in 2020.  His editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Books Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Ed Dorn. He is also editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press. Rothenberg currently lives on in Tallahassee, Florida where he is Florida State University Libraries Poet in Residence.

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Lisa Pasold to Guest at Spoken World Online May 11th–Monday’s Theme: Stars

Lisa Pasold, photo by Louis Maistros CHAIR REMOVED AND CROPPED2Lisa Pasold is currently sheltering in place in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a storyteller, journalist, and poet. Lisa’s 2012 poetry book, Any Bright Horse, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award. Lisa’s poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, Fence and New American Writing.  @lisapasold
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AWOL Online writers’ workshop

This is to let you know that the AWOL folks have now established a good way of working for the AWOL Online workshop, so it’ll be running every week throughout lockdown. The details are as follows:

AWOL Online workshop, every Sunday 18h30 – 20h30

Join using this link.

Virtual room opens at 18h00.

If it’s your first time and you want to submit your written prose or poetry for feedback please arrive no later than 18h15. Preferred file format is PDF.

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Laura Thurlow to Guest at Spoken World online May 4th–Monday’s Theme: Youth

21641030_10212651480996080_4186732877801246897_oLaura Thurlow is a writer, filmmaker and musician originally from Toronto, Canada. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and a Masters in Film Directing. Her recent endeavour is a short film called Shirley & Jane, starring Kate Dickie and Rosaleen Linehan. She did her first real slam in Paris in September, and was invited to go to Manchester with folks from Paris to compete in the Commonword European Slam Final. This past March, she had a show on in London, at the Drayton Arms Theatre titled Romance at The End of The World. She’s never had any poetry published- but she’s also not really tried yet ! It’s all a bit new! Plans for a chapbook this summer have halted with the pandemic – so for now she is best found @Laurelbrae on Instagram. She hopes to return to Paris very soon, but is enjoying quarantine in sunny Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Emma Black to Guest at Spoken World Online April 27th–Monday’s Theme: The Afterlife

7759c38a-037a-429c-8b5a-1e5bf2ebfb47In Emma’s own words: “Emma Black was born in Paris of an Irish parent and an American parent. You will find her using her Anthropology degree as an excuse to blatantly stare at attractive strangers in the metro, “for research purposes”. She is the winner of no awards, has published no books, and has accomplished nothing noteworthy whatsoever. Please welcome her to the stage !” Emma is very modest. She is a brilliant young poet and we are very happy to welcome her as our special guest.
 
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Suzanne Allen to Guest at Spoken World online April 20th–Monday’s Theme: Home

92023995_10158327855568216_1972819581613375488_nSuzanne Allen was born and raised in Southern California, but she thinks of Paris as her home away from home thanks to the amazing writers she’s come to know there. While studying French as an undergrad in 2005, she stumbled upon The Other Writers Group at Shakespeare & Company, and after completing her MFA, she returned to Paris and served for two years as the Creative Writing Program Director for WICE, a volunteer organization for Anglophones. She has since been honored to serve long-distance as a coeditor for The Bastille. Her poems appear online and in print journals and anthologies such as Tears in the Fence, Spillway, Pearl, Nerve Cowboy, Cider Press Review, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Not a Muse, Strangers in Paris and Villanelles from Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series. She has two chapbooks: verisimilitude from corrupt press, and Little Threats from Picture Show Press. She lives in Long Beach, California with her dog, Filou.
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