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September 25, 2016: Aracelis Girmay met Camonghne Felix

25 Sep


Tonight we return to where Page Meets Stage began years ago, The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, just south of Bleecker St.). Take note of the new start time—6:00 pm! Tickets are available here.

Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, poet Aracelis Girmay earned a BA at Connecticut College and an MFA from New York University. Her poems trace the connections of transformation and loss across cities and bodies. Her poetry collections include Teeth (2007), Kingdom Animalia (2011), and The Black Maria (2016), named a “Top Poetry Pick” by Publisher’s Weekly, O Magazine, and Library Journal. She is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing (2005).

Recently listed by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know,” Camonghne Felix is a poet, speaker, organizer, an MFA Candidate at Bard College, an MA Candidate in Arts Politics at NYU, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, and the 2013 recipient of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women. She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, and the founder of Firefly Brigade. You can find her work in various spaces, including Youtube, and publications like Apogee, Union Station, Poetry Magazine, Teen Vogue and Hugfington Post. She is also the author of the chapbook Yolk, published via Penmanship Books 2015.

Eventbrite - Page Meets Stage: 4th Sunday of Sept, Oct, and Nov 2016


Valzhyna Mort met Ramya Ramana on November 27, 2016

27 Nov

Valzhyna Mort meets Rama Ramana

Valzhyna Mort, born in Minsk, Belarus, made her American debut in 2008 with the poetry collection Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press), co-translated by the husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright. Her second book is Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2012).

Ramya Ramana, 21, is an author, poet and student at St. John’s University. She recently published her first manuscript, Don’t Drown Her in the Baptism with Penmanship Books.

Evie Shockley met Yesenia Montilla on October 23, 2016!

23 Oct


Tonight we return to where Page Meets Stage began years ago, The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, just south of Bleecker St.). Take note of the new start time—6:00 pm! Tickets are available here.

Evie Shockley is the author of four collections of poetry—most recently, the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry—as well as a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry.  Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize.  Currently serving as creative editor for Feminist Studies, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina from New York City. A graduate of Drew University’s Poetry & Poetry in Translations MFA program & a Canto Mundo Fellow.  Her poetry has appeared in The Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast & others. Her first collection of poetry: The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award.

Eventbrite - Page Meets Stage: 4th Sunday of Sept, Oct, and Nov 2016

John Murillo Meets Caits Meissner on May 11, 2016

11 May

John Murillo author photoCaits Meissner author photo

The son of an African-American father and a Mexican mother, poet and playwright John Murillo grew up in Los Angeles. He was educated at Howard University and New York University, where he earned an MFA. Murillo makes use of both formal and free verse as he engages themes of family history and personal identity. In a Q&A with the Poetry Society of America, Murillo states, “I write, first of all, in the tradition of the witness.”

Murillo’s debut poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (2010) was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was also named one of Huffington Post’s “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.” Murillo’s poetry has also been included in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry (2013, edited by Charles Henry Rowell). His choreo-play Trigger premiered with the Edgeworks Dance Theater in 2011.

Murillo’s additional honors include two Larry Neal Writers Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and the New York Times. Murillo lives in Brooklyn.

Caits Meissner is a poet and transformative facilitator invested in the rehabilitative capacity of art. Her poems have been published in various journals and anthologies including Drunken Boat, Duende, The Offing, Radius, The Feminist Wire,’s Day One and The Literary Review.

Eventbrite - Page Meets Stage: Every Second Wednesday in 2016!

Neil Hilborn met Jared Singer on April 13, 2016

13 Apr

Neil Hilborn author photoJared Singer author photo

Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College. In 2013, his poem “OCD” went viral, garnering over ten million views, making it one of the most-viewed slam poems ever. He has performed in 37 states and four countries, and he is the author of Our Numbered Days on Button Poetry Press. Originally from Houston, Texas, he now lives in St Paul, Minnesota.

Jared Singer is a poet and audio engineer who lives in New York City. While he may have physically grown up with his peers, he has never forgotten the imagination, magic, and nerdiness that were corner stones of his childhood. He hopes to remind others of these more creative times. He is a well respected poetry organizer, mentor, and coach.

Eventbrite - Page Meets Stage: Every Second Wednesday in 2016!

Adrian Matejka met Quincy Troupe On March 18, 2015

18 Mar


I’ve been wanting to get Adrian Matejka in a pairing since I came on board in 2013, and when Taylor mentioned he was hoping to get someone paired with Qunicy Troupe, I couldn’t believe our good fortune. Both poets compose incredibly musical verse lines, both often make music their subject matter – music not just as entertainment or a vehicle for celebrity, but music that connects deeply to the soul and is engaging in the forming and articulating of identities. Both poets are lyrical historians of a sort, examining both the communal past and their own personal pasts, often weaving these together, and employing wordplay, rhythm and the verse line’s internal resonances to wrestle meaning from within meaning. Hope is what often arises, even amidst the most tragic and sorrowful of narratives. Hope, and a reach for glory, a willingness to find glory everywhere. So I am beyond excited to see these two daring, deft writers converse, to see what resonances we’ll encounter when their work shares the same space. – John Paul Davis

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. A graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was subsequently nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His new collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), examines the life of the boxer Jack Johnson and is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing and literature at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning author of ten volumes of poetry, three children’s books, and six non-fiction works; Earl the Pearl: My Story, a memoir of legendary NY Knicks basketball star, Earl Monroe, (Rodale, April 2013) is Troupe’s newest non-fiction work. In 2010 Troupe received the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Among Troupe’s best-selling works are Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis and his memoir, Miles & Me soon to become a major motion picture.
Other notable works are The Pursuit of Happyness, an autobiography with written with Chris Gardner that became a major motion picture and that was a New York Times bestseller for over 40 weeks; The Architecture of Language, a book of poems, that won the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2002.
Errançities is his most recent book of poetry. A new children’s book, Hallelujah: The Story of Ray Charles with illustrations by Brian Pinkney, will be published by Disney/Hyperion.
Quincy Troupe is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a literary journal of the Institute of Africana Studies at New York University.

Eventbrite - 3/18/15 Adrian Matejka & Quincy Troupe (21+)

Tyehimba Jess met Nkosi Nkululeko on March 9, 2016

9 Mar

Tyehimba Jess author photoNkosi

Born in Detroit, Tyehimba Jess is the rare poet who bridges slam and academic poetry. His first collection, leadbelly (2005), an exploration of the blues musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s life, was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and was voted one of the top three poetry books of the year by Black Issues Book Review. A two-time member of the Chicago Green Mill Slam team, Jess was also Chicago’s Poetry Ambassador to Accra, Ghana. A former artist-in-residence with Cave Canem, Jess has taught at the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and at the College of Staten Island in New York City.

Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo and The Watering Hole fellow. A nominee for the American Voices Award, Independent Best American Poetry Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Nkululeko was a member of the 2014 Urban Word NYC Slam Team and 2015 NYC-Urbana Slam Team. His work is published currently or is forthcoming in No Token, Rose Red Review, Hobart, decomP and elsewhere. He lives in Harlem, New York, listening to jazz.

Eventbrite - Page Meets Stage: Every Second Wednesday in 2016!