Fred Eyangoh to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 8th–Monday’s Theme: Truth

10885586_10205546157718479_8082588945534226060_nFred Eyangoh was born in Cameroon. 19 years later, in 2010, after he received a bachelor in management, he moved to France and joined the business school HEC Paris. While on campus, he joined the school’s Glee Club, the improv group and was an actor/singer in the school’s musical. A few months after he obtained his Master’s degree, he started stand-up comedy at the Chat Noir. In 2015, he started with two other comics the open mic night called the Unfiltered Comedy Hour, and today he hosts the Comedy Square, which is the showcase English-speaking comedy show at the Paname Comedy Club, every Tuesday at 9:15pm

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SpokenWord Paris goes to Brussels: May 4-5-6-7

Paris meets Brussels

Link to Brussels event

An international expedition of poets has been organised to strengthen links with poets in the North in these dark political times… A poet exchange, you might say. The first phase involves 5 of us from SpokenWord Paris travelling to SpeakEasy: Spoken Word Brussels for various diverse events between Thursday 4th May and Sunday 7th.

Later, Brussels poets will travel south to Paris to bring us their news from the North.

The poets we are sending across the border are:

Camille Adnot (France) – Camille’s poems often deal with perception confusions, shapeshifting, and the female body and psyche. She also loves to revisit old myths and to give them a contemporary take.

David Barnes (UK) – a poet whose subjects range from daily life to outer space, alternately poignant and funny, David founded SpokenWord Paris after reading way too much poetry by John Cooper Clarke, Rimbaud, Ginsberg…

Thibaut Narme (France) – France’s first Melunian poet, Thibaut blends the personal with dark social observation. Check out his e-book ”Rap in my poetry – ‘cos white poets are boring”

Alberto Rigettini (Italy) – poet, playwright, screenwriter, freak-show barker, Alberto is the Italian host of  SpokenWord Paris and a Poetry Brothel pimp. Awarded a prize in 2011 for The Lorca in Translation Competition, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize.

Bruce Sherfield (USA) – singer, poet, drmatic monologuist… Bruce’s work is a kaleidoscopic, high energy collision mixing poetry and flash fiction. Also, he is writing a novel set in Brussels.

Camille Adnot

Thibaut Narme

Bruce Sherfield

Alberto Rigettini

David Barnes

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Mark Norman Harris to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 1st–Monday’s Theme: The Waiting Room

16602449_1870097669904816_7363330354534792373_oMark Norman Harris is a 29 year old Canadian artist living in Paris.  His work is based in performance, music and writing although he is an avid painter.   He studied religion and semiotics at the University of Toronto. Prior to living in Paris he was in Nepal where he wrote for the Kathmandu Post, and created an artist exchange program that brought artists to rural villages  for workshops and performances.   Mark is currently recording an album with Quvib records in Paris, and is the organizer of the Cabaret Voltaire. His play The Penal Clause, a « hiphopera » satire on freemasonry, was featured and the conceptual theatre festival Fourplay in April of this year.  Most of his work is explores themes of religion, absurdity, politics, and alienation.

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Paige Taggart to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 24th–Monday’s Theme: Memory

17857400_10154478561643807_1866598505_nPaige Taggart is from Northern California and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is the author of two full-length collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014) and 5 chapbooks, most recently I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). With her partner Sampson Starkweather (founding editor of Birds LLC) she runs an occasional reading series The Ecstasy and The Ecstasy, which focuses on bringing out of town, diverse readers to Brooklyn to read. She graduated from the New School with her MFA in Poetry in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the NYFA in poetry and she served on the NYFA board of judges for poetry in 2011. She runs her own small business, a jewelry line (mactaggartjewelry.com) that specifically specializes in blinging-out poets, she also publishes these poets’s poems on her site alongside images of them wearing her jewelry. As well she runs an interview tumblr series called Poets Touching Trees.
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Open Secret, 2nite! Letters to a Young Poet. With writer Cordula Frei, & poet John Hoggett!

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Open Secret! Your own personal community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, in the Latin Quarter. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). 8pm, nightlong sign-up begins, & at 9 the show.

Tonight, two special things – some Germanophones (like brilliant Swiss writer Cordula Frei) & Anglophones shall read from the letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as his poetry, in German & English. The theme is of course the title of his famous colllection, “Letters to a Young Poet.”

Also, catch John Hoggett again (Monday’s SpokenWord feature)!
John Hoggett is a Pinko Commie Queer, dedicated homosexualist, environmentalist and wordsmith. He performs regularly at Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs in Ku Bar, Soho, London and has performed at most Climate Camps…

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John Hoggett to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 17th–Monday’s Theme: Sleaze

John Hoggett is a Pinko Commie Queer, dedicated homosexualist, environmentalist and wordsmith. He performs regularly at Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs in Ku Bar, Soho, London and has performed at most Climate Camps.drag1-0801 (1)

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Freedom within form.” Poet Thomas Spencer!

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Open Secret! Your own personal community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, in the Latin Quarter. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 the show! Our theme this evening is inspired by the gift our featured poet, Thomas Spencer, has for using his genius for craft, then breaking away from it, & finding “Freedom within form.” You’ll just have to hear him, before he shuffles off to India…

Thomas Spencer is an Australian born environmentalist and part time writer. He writes in a range of styles, from serious poems in traditional forms, to ridiculous children’s poetry, to risqué satire. He’s been a regular at different Paris-based open mic nights and has published in different magazines. He will be moving to Mumbai in April 2017, where he will spread the Paris open mic scene far and wide.

See you at the Bistrot 2nite, for some high verse, high & low humour, & general camaraderie! 🙂

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March in photos

Published books, prizewinners, guest poets ….here is a March photo selection!

Photography by Sabine Dundure 

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SpokenWord February in photos

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Chris Newens and Alice Selwyn Grace to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 10th–Monday’s Theme: Music

Chris Newens is 30 and from Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. A sometime journalist, sometime playwright, before helping to set up Fourplay he was co-founder of its predecessor, The Montmartre Dionysia, and so has been behind the push for more English theatre in Paris for almost four years. His journalism, meanwhile, recently won him the Financial Times/Bodley Head Essay Prize 2016.

Alice Selwyn Brace is 23 and from Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. A journalist and editor for several publications including Louis Vuitton Travel Guides and fashion magazine Wheretoget, she co-founded Fourplay in 2015 after acting in and directing numerous productions around Paris, including for the Montmartre Dionysia and Shakespeare & Co. bookshop.

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