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The White Swallow Reading Series is a forum for queer, queer-friendly, and outspoken poets and prose writers who explore issues of identity in an honest, bold way. We welcome writers who explore the boundaries of language, take risks, and challenge traditional definitions of gender. Co-hosted by Angelo Nikolopoulos and Monica McClure.
Bianca Stone is the co-curator of the Ladder Poetry Reading Series and received her MFA from NYU’s creative writing program in poetry. She is also a freelance illustrator and her most recent poetry publications include The Patterson Literary Review, Fou, Agriculture Reader and Elimae. Her blog is called Poetry Comics. She lives in Brooklyn.
Guillermo Castro’s work is forthcoming or appears in Quarterly West, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Brooklyn Rail, LaFovea, EOAGH, Nthposition, Barrow St, among others, and the anthologies My Diva, This Full Green Hour, My Diva, Saints of Hysteria, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, appear in Guernica, U.S. Latino Review and Visions. He lives in New York City and is a native of Argentina.
Michael Montlack is the editor of the essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them and the author of three poetry chapbooks: Cover Charge (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Prize); Girls, Girls, Girls; and The Slip. His work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Swink, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, and other journals. Recently he was awarded residencies from Ucross, Soul Mountain Retreat, VCCA and Lambda Literary Retreat. He splits his time between New York City and San Francisco.
Mark Bibbins lives in New York City and teaches at The New School and Columbia University. He is the founding editor of The New School's LIT magazine. He has been published in journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Boston Review and in anthologies such as Take Three: 3. He is the author of Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award, and The Dance of No Hard Feelings.
(includes one house drink)
The Stephanie & Saar DUO return for a Serial Underground residency, with
works ranging from Conlon Nancarrow’s wildest excursions to Bill Evans’ most
urgently lyrical inspirations (piano duo).
Writer/reader Deborah Atherton waxes upon Columbus Day and Halloween
Momenta Quartet plays Gordon Beeferman’s String Quartet (chamber danger).
Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
NEWS FLASH: A new season brings a new name. The Second Tuesday of the Month Series is now The New York STORY Exchange. We will continue to feature storytellers of all kinds, telling all manner of stories from personal tales to folktales and everything in between. Our format stays the same: Open MIC and/or Cameo Slots, followed by featured teller(s).
Featured Teller: Bob Reiser
Cameo: Michael Meric
BOB REISER, a nationally acclaimed storyteller, teacher, and an award-winning author of books for children and adults, brings warmth and wit to traditional and original stories. McFarland Press listed him among the "120 best contemporary English-speaking Storytellers." This October eve Bob’s story, REACHING FOR THE MOON (dedicated to lovers and dreamers everywhere) reminds us that “They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, when he said the world was round…They all laughed when Edison recorded sound…”
"Fellow Adventurers, Chasers of the stars, It's A Harvest Moon! Let's celebrate With stories!" - Bob Reiser
MICHAEL MERIC, Landscape Architect by day, wordsmith, storyteller and jack of all trades at night, tells a classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, the master of mystery and the macabre.
Tonight we will end at 7:30, rather than 7:45 PM so the set can be prepared for a special presentation by Roy Zimmerman.
“Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” - Los Angeles Times
-". . .embracing elements of both pop music and the avant-garde with a strong flare for jazz music. . . of the here and now." - Chad Radford, Creative Loafing
The Respect Sextet
Formed in 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational
musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces
together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz
standards, game pieces and more into "a whirling collage," shouts Exclaim! Magazine, "that ransacks and reshapes the entire
jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker." Through its eclecticism, its devotion
to improvisation, its predilection towards swing, and its use of toys and "little instruments," has drawn comparisons both to
New Dutch Swing and the AACM. Many dialectics are at work (or play) in Respect's music, in which the serious, heady, and
intellectual mingle with the light, comic, and absurd, where compositions alternate with improvisation, and where tight ensemble
work coexists with loose, empathic interplay.
DOORS OPEN 5:30PM
POETRY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAZZ BEGINS AT 6:00PM
TWO SETS 6PM AND 7PM
$ 15 (INCLUDES 1 DRINK)
$ 10 STUDENTS WITH ID ( INCLUDES 1 DRINK)
(includes one house drink)
The Fringe are one of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene. Originally
formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman,
and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe have
entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 30 years. Bassist
Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee
College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.
Along with their impressive tenure with The Fringe, Gullotti, Garzone, and Lockwood are
in great demand as session players and have played with many of the greats of
contemporary jazz. Along with keeping up with a busy performance schedule, each of
them are well-respected educators helping to inspire the jazz musicians of tomorrow.
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Poet John Amen featured.
John Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009), and has released two folk/folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire (Cool Midget 2004, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including, most recently, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas.
(includes one house drink)
" .. Magically, Connor whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections, and makes us smile all the while."
- Eric P. Nash - The New York Times
(includes one house drink)
-Casey Rea, Seven Days (VT)
Barbara Feldon is best known as “99” -- the secret Agent on the TV series,Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, varietyshows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to recall: theMichael Richie film Smile).On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of PastTense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one womanshow, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a numberof poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in HisOwn Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf.Because of Barbara’s interest in women’s issues, from 1982 to 1984 shehosted The 80’s Woman on Lifetime Network. She has served on the boardsof Screen Actors Guild, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, and The Poetry Societyof America. She lectures on women’s issues and is a passionate supporter ofGirls Inc., an organization created to help underprivileged girls developoptions.Her book of essays, Living alone -- and Loving it! was published in 2003by Simon and Schuster.
Joanna Gleason : Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels, Nick and Nora, Into The Woods, I Love My Wife, Joe Egg, The Real Thing, Social Security. Off B'way: Happiness, Something You Did, Eleemosynary, A Hell Of A Town, The Normal Heart , It's Only A Play. She won the Tony for Into The Woods, and Drama Desks for that plus two other shows. She is married to actor Chris Sarandon. Joanna is the author of the novels, Make Me One With Everything, and Lourdes On Five Dollars A Day.
Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep, and Peterborough Players. She has scored four films, and released three CDs: a wind has blown the rain away, fifteen of her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all my dreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and others, and Every Play's an Opera, theatre music.
Pamela Bob, a New York based actor and singer, has played roles in New York and regional theatres ranging from standard and contemporary musical theater to bluegrass, swing, blues and folk. Talkin' Broadway named her Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in "People Like Us", and she won the Metrolina Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of June Carter in "Wildwood Flowers: the June Carter Cash Story. " You can catch Pamela in "Good Ol' Girls" on UNC-TV/PBS.
"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times