Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Inspired Word Monday Reading Series Presents: DubbleX, Eisen-Martin, Fadul, Jones, Leftow, Shalforoosh, Sherman and Tantra-Zawadi

Time: 7:00-10 pm (though you're welcome to stay until closing time)

Performer Bios:

DubbleX has been writing & playing music his entire life. He has been published by Street Literature Review Magazine (paper) The Cartier Street Review, the Nov. 3rd Club, Polarity, Mad Swirl, and, and wheelhouse magazine. DubbleX teaches special education and writes & plays music to stay sane.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin leads workshops for people committed to using their creativity against the machine that incarcerates two million Black and Latino people a year. He has been teaching youth inside detention centers across the country for seven years. His work in Rikers Island has been featured in New York Times and Fortune Magazine articles.Tongo has published in the journal Roots and Culture. He ran a creative writing program for New York youth who have been incarcerated which resulted in those youth competing in the 2006 Brave New Voices international youth slam. A founding member of Black Fire, he regularly performs at the Nuyorican Poets’ Café and other venues. He also produces a monthly show at the Nuyorican called “Write from Wrong” that features survivors of the prison industrial complex.

Melissa Fadul is a native of Queens, New York. She received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches high school English literature full-time in Jamaica, New York. Along with poetry, she is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Patricia Spears Jones is a poet, playwright and cultural commentator. She is author of Femme du Monde and The Weather That Kills. Her work is anthologized in Bowery Women: Poems; broken land: Poems of Brooklyn, Poetry After 911; Best American Poetry, 2000 and in the journals: The Black Scholar, Bomb, TriQuarterly, Barrow Street, PMS: poemmemiorstory, Fifth Wednesday, Court Green, and Black Renaissance Noire. Reviews, interviews, and essays can be found in The Poetry Project Newsletter, Calabar, Black Issues Book Review, Bomb, Village Voice, Essence, The Brooklyn Rail, and She received awards from the NEA, NYFA, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Goethe Institute and was appointed to the Black Earth Institute, in 2008 and the VCCA Fellows Council in 2006.

Joy Leftow, is a poet, writer and editor of The Cartier Street Review, Smoke, and SLR Magazine. “Writing is breathing, I need it to live and survive – it’s my water, my air, my first love.” “Poet Laureate” of Washington Heights, Leftow is a double alumna at Columbia University and has her second Masters from CCNY in Creative Writing. She’s been featured on Rockland Internet Radio, Indie Feed, and Jazz Poetry Café, and Everything Goes. To date, her poetry and other types writing have published over 100 times.

Soraya Shalforoosh’s poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as the Marlboro Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Barrow Street, Columbia Poetry Review,, etc. Soraya Shalforoosh was featured as an Emerging Poet in the Academy of American Poet’s, emerging poet series.

Stephanie Sherman does things that are deemed useless in a capitalist society, like poetry-writing and dancing. She spent two years in Quito, Ecuador on a Fulbright scholarship, teaching and choreographing works that reflected the realities of Ecuadorian society. There, she published her first book of poems, Alucinando en Quito (Editorial Carishina, 2007), in Spanish. For the last two years, she has been writing poems simultaneously in both languages. This spring, she will graduate from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, with an MFA in Dance. In 2001, she graduated from Vassar College with Phi Beta Kappa and high honors in Hispanic Studies.

Tantra-zawadi, an award-winning performance poet and author, has been spreading her spoken word message to global, standing-room-only audiences for some time now. Her poetry was featured in Essence Magazine and she is the host and founder of WORDSPACE - A Spoken Word Series. Some of her performance credits include Def Poetry-Plugged In at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Museum, Barnum Museum, Polk County Museum, Brooklyn NEXT, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Guild Theatre, Trane Studios and When Sisters Speak in Toronto, and the Product(RED) video-wall. Latest CD: Love Planet EP with Collective Spirits. For more info, please visit her site:

MCs/Hosts: Marron Cox, Sherri Eldin, Vanessa Hollingshead.

Location: Tierra Sana Restaurant
100-17 Queens Blvd & 67th Road
Forest Hills, Queens
New York City

By subway, take the local R or V to 67th Avenue stop (and it's right there between 67th Road and 67th Avenue along Queens Boulevard).

All you need to bring is your love for the written word, but...PLEASE do your best to support the restaurant, your servers, and the performing writers.

Mike Geffner

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