Nupur Saraswat and Kate Black-Regan to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 31st—Monday’s Theme: Sisters/Brothers

19074481_1520867841299053_741079705_oNupur Saraswat is a passionate stage performer, who brings an electric energy on stage along with her bold words. Her volatile words and performance style has been praised by the most sought-after lyricist of Bollywood – Javed Akhtar with whom she has shared a stage in 2016. She has performed for big stages like UN Women, TEDx, India Conversations, Under 25 Summit, and DPS schools.
Nupur, who is from Singapore, also runs a collective where she curates artists (ask her about your artist needs at Beasts of Bed and Battlefield). At an age of 22, she is a lot of things – a recruitment consultant, an environmental engineer, a writer, and a spoken-word artist. But more than anything else, she is “that girl with a flower in her curly hair”.
Kate Black-Regan is a performance artist, vocalist, and poet engaged in expressive art therapy. At the root of her work is a deep trust in the power of transformative growth through creative expression. Her art explores the potential to reclaim, re-story, and re-envision roles and narratives with a dynamic feminist lens. Originally from Philadelphia, US, she collaborates with a wide range of creative makers globally, facilitates multidisciplinary workshops, and is currently residing in Bangalore, India. 

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Break on Through” featuring You!


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

At 8pm, all-night open mic sign-up says “Hello, I love you! Won’t you tell me your name?” At 9 of the clock! 😉 Innovations in right-ing, muse-ic, divine comedy, wigged-out performance art, dream theater, & “You can dance if you want to.”

2nite’s theme is “Break on through (to the other side).” Let’s look beyond all surfaces & find real meaning…& break on through to the other side at Le Bistrot 2nite!

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Zoe Besmond de Senneville to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 24th—Monday’s Theme: On the Horizon

fullsizeoutput_dd1Zoé is a French actress and poet born and raised in Paris. She has studied acting from Paris to the USA and made her film debut with Marina de Van and Denis Lavant in the adaptation of Thumb O’Neil for Arte. Having recently acted in Srinath Samarasinghe’s On The Skin(Sur La Peau), in 2016 and 2017 she has been onstage with the Makizart/La Poursuite in Molière’s The Miser, and with the collective Les Jenous in The Miracle of the Deglingue. Zoé has been creating poetry since 2015 and performs here and there with visual artists such as Zoé Stark and 3615.

20226410_10159140401255014_1227847078_oAccompanying Zoe on the piano will be Ed Bell, editor and co-host of Paris Lit Up.

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Ben Aleshire to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 17th—Monday’s Theme: Strange/Strangers

Aleshire_photoBenjamin Aleshire is based in New Orleans, and travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. His work is forthcoming in Iowa Review and Boston Review, and he was recently featured in El Mundo, in Spain, and on SinoVision TV, in China. This summer during a residency at the Künstlerhaus Vorwerk-Stift in Hamburg, he created an artist-book of visual poems, ‘Currency’, from rags picked in the St. Pauli market. You can commission him every afternoon in front of Shakespeare & Co.

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Open Secret, 2nite: “Out of Love” with Matt Davis of The Wonder!

Matt Davis

Open Secret! Your own intimate, experimental open mic –
Wednesdays (2nite!) @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up commences, & at 9 le spectacle! Innovations in writing, song, comedy, performance art, theater, & dance…
2nite, the highly original grace of musician Matt Davis, of the longtime internationally-touring band The Wonder ( – I have listened to their most-recent EP, Pilot, every day for almost 2 years!  Come be inspired by his poetic lyrics & powerful presence…Our theme this evening is the title of one Matt’s fresh alternative songs – “Out of Love.” As a great saint once said, “This world is nothing but a school of love.”
See you @ Le Bistrot des Artistes 2nite, in a loving & welcoming community! 🙂
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Naniso Tswai to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 10th—Monday’s Theme: Revolution

19758384_10155650577439789_2073725762_nNaniso Tswai is a Berlin-based author and academic. His work is strongly embedded in broader issues of justice and peace, particularly as these relate to human rights and identity. Over the past five years he has shifted his focus from academic writing to fictional writing, this has come in the form of short stories and novels. He is also a Spoken Word performer, an artistic outlet which allows him to express himself with a different voice. He is the founder and current co-director of Berlin Spoken Word (BSW). BSW is an international group working on various projects based in Berlin. Its main event – which draws an audience of over 60 people each week – is a weekly open mic night providing a familiar space for spoken word poetry, stories, music, comedy and more. Several times throughout the year it invites international artists to be featured performers at the event. In addition to the open mic night, BSW also runs various other projects. Most prominently, these include Sharing Words that Matter (SWTM) and Berlin Unspoken.  SWTM is guerilla poetry outreach project which aims to spread awareness and engage the community in current and continuing social and political issues. Berlin Unspoken is BSW’s literary magazine. It features both local and international artists and is published quarterly.

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Troy Yorke to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 3rd—Monday’s Theme: The City

TYORKE_MAIN_CMYKTroy Yorke’s poetry seeks beauty in the absurd and surreal, celebrating the darker corners of life, our minds, and our society with irreverence and humor. His work embraces the hidden brilliance in things we normally consider abhorrent and taboo, bringing marginalized voices centre-stage in a variety of experimental forms, language-play and character monologue. His works have been published in various literary magazines in North America and Europe, most recently in Upstairs at Duroc (Paris), and was included in the anthology The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2013 from Australia. He is currently on the editorial team for The Bastille, an Anglophone literary magazine based in Paris and released his first published collection of poetry Hole in My Side: Redemption of the Moon-Hooker in 2014.

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Open Secret @ Le Festin Nu 2nite: “Inhibitions” with the Improvokers, Kirsty Allison, & Ana Seferovic!

The Improvokers

Open Secret, that intimate, experimental open mic ***is exceptionally, this evening, being held in the back room of Le Festin Nu (Naked Lunch) in Montmartre*** 10 rue de la Fontaine du But, 75018 Paris. Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt, line 12. Just cross rue Lamarck, go down the escalier, & it’s just down the hill, on your right.

8:00, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9, everything shines…poetry, comedy, music, theater, & more. Our theme 2nite is “Inhibitions.” Our featured act is the Improvokers! A comedic performance troupe who invite the audients to join them on stage, lose their inhibitions, & perform with them!

We also have some mind-blowing, no-inhibitions poets visiting, whom you may have seen at Poets Live last night – Kirsty Allison & Ana Seferovic! Powerful performance poetry you won’t want to miss…

See you @ Le Festin Nu 2nite! 🙂


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Joel Lewis to Guest at SpokenWord Paris June 26th—Monday’s Theme: The Beat Generation

2008_0510WCWpoets0095Joel Lewis’s latest book, My Shaolin, is a book-length poem that serves as a psychogeographic investigation of the southernmost portion of the New York Archipelago, Staten Island. According to poet/anthologist Trace Peterson “This commuter poem evokes big questions such as: what do we really take away from an experience of place in language, are we always just visiting and do we ever really get there?” Previous books include:  North River Rundown (2013), Surrender When Leaving Coach (2012), Learning From New Jersey (2007), Vertical’s Currency (1999) and House Rent Boogie (1992), winner of the second (and last) Ted Berrigan Memorial Award. He edited Bluestones and Salt Hay, an anthology of contemporary NJ poets, as well as editing Reality Prime, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels and On The Level Everyday, the selected talks of Ted Berrigan.  A social worker by day, he has taught creative writing at the Poetry Project, The Writer’s Voice and Rutgers University. And, for better or worse, he initiated the ill-fated New Jersey Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. With his wife, Rutgers University cinema professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, he resides in Hoboken

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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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