Renowned poets Molly Peacock and Sapphire will appear together on March 8th for the first time, in a program dedicated to women. The date was chosen by the curator of the event, Veronica Golos, to commemorate International Women's Day.
"We choose this date, with these two poets, because they speak so forcefully and eloquently about women; and because this is the very neighborhood where, on March 8th, in 1908, women factory workers led a march for the 8-hour day. It seemed a powerful mix."
The event is also part of the 200 poetry readings in more than 100 cities world wide organized by Ram Devineni, publisher of Rattapallax, celebrating the United Nations General Assembly's declaration of 2001 as Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. Bhikshuni Weisbrot, Secretary of the UNSRC Society of Writers, will give a brief talk at the March 8th event.
Sapphire and Molly Peacock will read/perform their poetry in dialogue. Sapphire is known for her dazzling performance style, raw lyrics and fearless wisdom; Molly Peacock combines sensuality and taboo subject matter with formal lyrical structure.
Sapphire is the author of PUSH, a novel that was awarded the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award for 1997 and the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, and AMERICAN DREAMS, a collection of poems. Her latest book, BLACK WINGS & BLIND ANGELS, was published by Knopf in 1999. She is currently at work on a new novel and a collection of poetry. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Molly Peacock, president of the Poetry Society of America (1989-1994) and recipient of numerous fellowships, is the Poet-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and is one of the creators of Poetry in Motion on the New York City's subways and buses. She is the author of four books of poems and has edited and co-edited several collections. Among her books are How To Read A Poem and Start and Poetry Circle (Riverhead, 1999) and Paradise, Piece by Piece (Riverhead, 1998). She lives in New York City.
Veronica Golos is a well-known New York City poet and performer. She is the poet-in-residence at the 14th St. Y, curator of the WhY Words, WhY Women and Inviting Artists series, and Artistic Director for Literary Programs there. She teaches creative writing throughout the city, and has been published in Rattapallax, Brooklyn Review, Bridges, Writers Voice and other journals. She is currently working on a poetry book, The Casting of Stones: The Story of Sarah and Hagar.
Jazz violinist Tom Aalfs has led his own groups and has been a featured sideman at a number of venues in New York, including The Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Birdland, Smalls, Museum of Modern Art, the Knickerbocker and Metronome. He has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival in Mexico and the Pocono Jazz Festival in PA. He has an upcoming CD release on the Sunnyside label, and is a featured soloist on Etta Jones's and Houston Person's two recent CDs. Etta Jones says,
"The first time I heard Tom, I fell in love with his playing. He swings..."
The WhY Words, WhY Women, and The Inviting Artist series are part of the Y's' Center for Cultural and Performing Arts Department. The 14th St. Y is a division of The Educational Alliance. Through the poetry series, Asian, African American, Latin, Italian, Eastern European and Jewish writers and musicians have been brought together in an exciting mix, linked together by themes for each reading. Well-known established writers read alongside newer, not yet established poets. Musicians complete the themes set for the events.
On April 19, the WhY Women series will present: Writing to the Bone: New
Writing by Women; On May 7, Inviting Artists will host Cave Canum's 5th
Anthology of Poetry; and on June 7, WhY Words presents: Hip to the Beat - the
link between the hip hop poets and the beat poets, with spoken-word performer
Jamal St. John and others. For more information and for reservations, please
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year and directed by Wendy Sabin-Lasker, presents Theater, Musical Theater
and Dance performances at its Y Theater space and the Mazer Theater. The
Center now offers outstanding arts training for performing artists and for
the community at large. To learn more about the Cultural and Performing Arts
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