Jennifer K. Dick to Guest at SpokenWord Paris June 19th—Monday’s Theme: Mechanics

20151114_184819Jennifer K Dick, originally from Iowa, resides in France where she is a Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) of American Literature and Civilization at the Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse. She is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GA Press, 2004), and 6 chapbooks: AFTERLIFE (Angel House Press, Canada, June 24 2017), NO TITLE (Estepa editions, Paris, 2015), CONVERSION (Estepa editions, Paris, 2013) including art by Kate Van Houten, BETWIXT (Corrupt, 2012), Tracery (Dusie, 2012) and Retina/Rétine (Estepa, 2005) including art by Kate Van Houten and translations into French by Rémi Bouthonnier. Her new French collaborative artchapbook “COMME UN n° 10” came out Saturday June 17th 2017. She also co-edited two critical volumes on translation in the Humanities. She is currently at work on a large prose poem project about the CERN and the booklength prose poem collaboration Orphery, likely forthcoming with Corrupt Press books. Jennifer also translates French poets, curates the Ivy Writers reading series in Paris and the Ecrire l’Art mini-residency for French authors at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. She was a poetry editor for VERSAL out of Amsterdam until this fall when she gave that up to focus on artistic collaborations. She, writes book reviews for various places such as Jacket 2 or Drunken Boat, and a poetics column called Of Tradition and Experiment for Tears in the Fence (UK). From Nov-8 January she was the writer in residence for the Régionale 17 with the Kunsthalle-Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporaine and the Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland—and completed a text installation on an architectural space as part of her regional writing project. Starting in January 2017 and running through 2018, Jennifer will be part of and co-directing Expanded Translation a group of poet and critic seminars in the UK and France, focused on various forms of translation, from sound to intersemiotic work. The first of these was held at The Poetry Library, London, Southbank Centre on 9-10 April 2017 and the second will be in Mulhouse on 8-10 November 2017.

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Lara Azar to Guest at SpokenWord Paris June 12th—Monday’s Theme: Excuses

IMG_3044Lara is an American stand up comedian and writer living in Paris. She does stand up in venues all over Paris and runs a weekly late night interactive comedy show. When she’s not writing or doing comedy, she can be found on the metro, getting unsolicited advice from strangers

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Open Secret, 2nite: “Pain hurts!” Featuring…You!


Open Secret! Your own intimate community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes (6, rue des Anglais, 5è). Inspired words, moving muse-ic, divine comedy, bizarro performance art, dream theater, & pleeez, dance! Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 your spectacle!

Our theme this week was inspired by a genius book I read as a child, about the Peanuts Gang, Charlie Brown & Snoopy the Dog & all – the character Linus was found crying, & Charlie asked him why. He yelled out “Because pain hurts!” Brilliant. Doesn’t it?

See ya @ Ze Bistrot! 🙂

(Painting care of Amedeo Modigliani: “Portrait of Maude Abrantes.”)

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Update – there is a SpokenWord tonight (June 5th) but sadly Jude Cowan Montague has had to postpone.

judecmPostponed: Jude Cowan Montague is an artist. writer and composer with a multi-media practice that crosses disciplines. She is active in new printmaking, installation, poetry, prose fiction, film history, vocal work and performance. She is known for her innovative work with international news agency output. This practice developed while working as an archivist for the Reuters Television Archive. Her first collection For the Messengers (Donut Press 2011) re-formed edits from the Reuters output during 2008 as individual poems. Her album The Leidenfrost Effect (Folkwit Records 2015) was co-composed with Dutch producer Wim Oudijk and reimagines quirky stories from the Reuters Life! feed.She is a broadcaster and curates and hosts The News Agents a weekly hybrid news-arts show on Resonance 104.4 FM. Her latest book ‘The Originals’ is out on Hesterglock Press.

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Open Secret, ce soir! “L’Invitation au Voyage” with Didier Cornevin!


Open Secret, 2nite! Your own intimate, experimental open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes (6 rue des Anglais, métro Maubert-Mutualité, line 10, or Saint-Michel, line 4).

At 8, nightlong sign-up launches & @ 9 the show. All tongues welcome! We’ve had 16 langues in the last 2+ years! So, this week we have a brilliant Francophone featured reader/singer, the illustrious Didier Cornevin, who not only sets the poésie of Rimbaud, Baudelaire & Verlaine to music, he recites the French masters with grace & great taste, & eeeeven sings Serge Gainsbourg & Jacques Brel (who is alive & well in Didier’s skillful hands)!

See you ce soir for our art soirée, @ in da oh-so-cool Bistrot des Artistes’ cave! 🙂

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Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 29th–Theme: Friends/Hope Springs Eternal


NICK CALDERBANK is the founder member of the On Stage/Open Space theatre company and has produced plays by Shakespeare, Pinter, Ayckbourn and Mamet.More recently he has turned his hand to writing and last year wrote and directed the short film ”The Power Within”

DAMIAN CORCORAN has been performing without his parents permission for over Half a century,and  since a typically messy entrance at their house he has continued to fuck things up worse than a couple of cowboy builders.

While we all confess that “There’s nothing like a good poem” Damian freely admits that ” mine are nothing like good poems but one day they’ll be my legacy”.

And when it’s found by my progeny they’ll say why did he  leave us his “leg at sea”.

Absurd though this sounds the rhyme is not the reason nor the time or the season but seize the day strike while the irony is hot And bless the little ones for they know not who they do.

Religion, in  particular the crucifixation, has played a b minor part in Damian‘s Roccoco chamber pot that others call “life” (pissoir in French) and it is through the poem that you shall know him “habeus corpus ic sunt bibendum est” As they say in Rome

But before he goes on a busman’s holiday (don’t tell the busman) and becomes a fulltime retired writer

He is performing deep and of great social import sketches about unreconstructed males who find beers easier to understand than women, even women with beers.





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Jamika Ajalon to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Resonance

jamphoto2017Artists Bio: jamika ajalon A disciple of the creative, I am inter-disciplinary artist who works with different mediums independently, but also in multiple fusions- incorporating written and spoken text, sound/music, and visuals. A nomad, I grew up in america but have lived for years in europe, including England, and France. During travels (including countries in Africa) I have met and collaborated with other artists, academics, who who challenge ‘frontiers’ (external borders as well as internalised) and are planting seeds. A science fiction nerd, I have always looked at ‘space’ as a place to realise and talk about possible futures. My publications and performances have been diverse. They include a series of audio-visual anti-lectures which explore memory, and nomadic subjectivity through a “afrofuturist” lens. As I roam I have had the good fortune to perform, record, tour , publish and exhibit/ screen my work inVienna, London, Berlin, South Africa, Senegal, Kampala, Paris…

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Emma Finet, Jennifer Karen, Pattie Martins to Guest at SpokenWord Paris, May 15th, in an Excerpt from Anton Bonnici’s play! Monday’s Theme: Erotic

Emma FinetJennifer KarenPattie MartinsAnton Bonnici

Emma Finet was trained by Philippe Vallepin at the Conservatoire du Mans, and Lydia Alieksievna at Demain Le Printemps school (Minsk). After performing in short movies and web series, she went back to theater through the parisian burlesque scene. She co-created the PAF Théâtre Cie with Sandrine Rouault, and released her first production in 2015, Hors d’Oeuvre d’Arts, a satyric comedy about contemporary art. Her own solo – Mémé Gertrude se Dévoile – followed in 2016. She also works for the Manoir de Paris which produces an interactive horror show on Parisian urban legends.

Jennifer Karen has been a professional actress for about 15 years. She completed a Performing Arts degree in Winchester and then continued her acting training in London where she also made her first steps as an actress for thetage, screen, commercials and as a voiceover artist. Her favourite roles in theatre to date are “Lady Macbeth” (Shakespeare obviously!) “Lady Mortimer” (C.Marlowe) and “Elizabeth Proctor” (A.Miller). Furthermore Jennifer is proud to have produced, written and co-directed the short “Naked Dreams” in which she played the lead role “Joanna”. This film has been screened at various events in Paris and at some international film festivals too. It was shot in Paris where Jennifer moved in 2011. Besides working in English and French, Jennifer also works regularly in Germany where she also grew up.

Pattie Martins Born into a family of Actors and Directors, Pattie pursued the same career path. Working in various styles of acting from physical to realist in both Film and Stage,  she’s completed training with Ariane Mnouchkine in Theatre du Soleil, Commedia Dell’Arte Mask Technique, and Argentinian pantomime. She also holds certificates in Eugenio Barba’s method with Odin Teatret in Denmark, and in Method Acting through the Stella Adler Actor’s Studio Technique. She’s also had the pleasure of working within the London, New York and L.A Stage and Film community, having performed the lead in an award winning film and performed in different productions on Parisian stages of all sizes.  She has also worked with (amond others) illustrious international film and stage directors such as Jyiue Hu, Hugo Cesto, Angela Buckingham and Sei Shiomi.

Anton Bonnici A playwright, director and teacher, Anton Bonnici has been a keen student of the literary and performing arts since his formative years. Subsequent to his studies in literature, theatre, creative writing, cultural criticism and theory, Bonnici developed interests in post- and trans- human subjects, extreme works of genre fiction, and anything related to television, pop and video-game culture. After having written and directed his Paris debut show Quasar Blues for the inaugural Paris Fringe International Theatre Festival in 2016, he created the Of Potters’ Demons production lab initiative as a Paris based artistic collaborative platform for the production and development of new experiences in art and performance beyond the compromising constraints of stereotypical commercial standards.

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Language.” Special guest poets Nico Vassilakis & Crystal Curry!

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 – 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.

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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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