National Poetry Month (April 25th) Readers

Mr. Hip Presents: April Poets & Performers

Dear Reader,

I must say thank you for reading this. We are here to not only celebrate the poets and performers we have for this month's Mr. Hip Presents, but we are also here to celebrate the essence of poetry with house music provided by Kyle Aaron and DeShawn Alexander. This is our 20th poetry show at UFORGE Gallery and we can't believe the poetry still gets better and better. 

We have a ton of poets reading with some inspiring accolades and awards. We hope to see you at UFORGE this Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 6:00PM. And don't forget to bring a friend. We plan to give you a million dollars worth of a great time for only $10. However, if you sport a bow-tie or follow @MrHipPresents on twitter, we will give you a $2 discount. 

Hope we can have you as a part of the dopest audience we've seen at poetry readings. 

Best,

Mr. Hip Presents

Poets/Readers

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received additional fellowships and awards in 2014/2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. www.karenskolfield.com<http://www.karenskolfield.com>


Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the PSA's Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Boston ReviewBetterConduitjubilatPoetry, and Sixth Finch, among other journals. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer.

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Sparrow has run for President of the United States in every general election since 1992. Soft Skull Press has published three of his books, the most recent being America: A Prophecy -- The Sparrow Reader. Follow him on Twitter: Sparrow@Sparrow14


Matt Rosenthal's poetry has appeared displayed on the window of the Grolier Poetry Bookstore, in the ‘Bad Ass’ edition of the Boston Poet Journal, in post cards from Cervena Barva Press, in the first three editions of the Bagel Bards Anthology, in The Wilderness House Literary review and various and sundry other places.  A student of the classics and modern media, Matt graduated from NYU and studied creative writing with Grace Paley at Sarah Lawrence College.  Matt is a big fan of Multi Media Mr. Hip!


John Sieracki finds himself further entwined in the landscape of Amherst every day. While he can cook just about anything, he views any group of words as a battle for his personal integrity. Mostly though, he sits looking through screens. He is enrolled in the MFA program at UMass Amherst where at times he surrounds himself with like-minded entities, the enemies of his enemies, and others.


Musical Guests:

Improvisational bassist Albey Balgochian & spoken wordist Jane B. Grenier, NYC's free-garde duo the 'ZenBeatz' create a fusion of music genres and improvisation that transcend the expected. 

"Balgochian's bass drives the music in interstellar fashion, while Grenier pronounces the truth like a Delphic oracle." Simon Harper, Music World Roundup

Other Poets Reading

*Patrick Gaughan (Info coming soon)

Mark Wagner (Info coming soon)

First Reading of 2015 for Mr. Hip Presents

- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

Mr. Hip Presents an evening of poetry, spoken word, and jazz music at UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 from 6:00pm-8:30pm on February 28, 2015. ($10 or $8 if you wear/have a bow-tie and/or follow @MrHipPresents or @UFORGEGallery on Twitter or like their respective FB pages. 

February 26, 2015

BOSTON, MA – Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series’ is on a mission to make poetry hip and trendy in popular culture this year. Yes, we are at it again. This is our first event after hosting a Raffle event where the proceeds benefited youth literacy organizations throughout Boston. 

Mr. Hip Presents, Boston's most engaging and interactive monthly poetry reading series, is pleased to announce its first reading of this year providing a creative commonplace for poets and spoken word artists to share their poetry on February 28th. This is the only reading series in Boston that incorporates poetry, spoken word, and live jazz music hosted by handpicked local galleries, specializing in visual and mixed media art. 

This reading series was developed in order to bridge Boston’s art community to the many different voices this city has and also to provide a commonplace for artists to share their talents and work. Providing a welcoming space for young voices, Mr. Hip Presents also encourages youth participants. We are excited for this upcoming reading at Gold Gallery after packing the Poets House last month at our first NY event. 

The talented lineup of poets for our first  reading this year are: Anne Pluto, Jon Ruseski, Linda Spolidro, Clay Ventre, Mike Mordancy, Raina Fields (Skype), and Jason Wright. The house music will be provided by the Jazz Duo of DeShawn Alexander and Kyle Aaron.  This event will be hosted by Donald Vincent aka Mr. Hip! That means, this is probably the best possible thing to do on a Saturday night especially with snow in the forecast for Sunday. 

According to Elizabeth Doran, Coordinator of Events at Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square, “Donald has a unique ability to make his events inclusive. His events include esteemed academic poets and emerging poets. The poetry scenes of the cities of Boston and Cambridge have been enriched by Mr. Hip’s presence.”

We at Mr. Hip Presents, truly do believe we have found the algorithm for a great evening with poetry, art, and music. We’d love to market ourselves as the ‘Greatest Poetry Show on Earth;’ however, we’d be selling ourselves short. We are one of the greatest shows and events on earth.  Come out for a good time. Come out to see how we make poetry hip. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

This will be a fun event for all ages, whether they like poetry or not. The evening features some phenomenal poets, prizes, surprises, and all-around fun.. If you’d wish to cover or support the event, please feel free to reach out to Tessa Roy at info@mrhippresents.com. We’d greatly appreciate any kind of social media support as well. We will be using the hashtag #MrHipPresents for this show. Thanks for taking the time to read this. You can reach us over at twitter.com/mrhippresents or facebook.com/mrhippresents. Don’t forget to visit our webpage for more information on the series: http://mrhippresents.com

Thanks and looking forward to your smiles this weekend. Come warm up and stay warm with some soulful poetry. 

Best,

Donald Vincent

Mr. Hip Presents

info@mrhippresents.com

Enough is Enough: Open Letter

Dear Poetry, Music, & Arts Community,

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series is not just a poetry reading series, but we more so function as a literary community.  We function as a community so everyone has an equally heard voice at the table and in our reading space(s). We are an inclusive community that promotes the works and poetry of many marginalized and discriminated discourse groups as well in order to bring poetry a wider and more relatable audience.  

With that said, please see the message below from the Enough is Enough planning group. Although the call is for NYC stakeholders, this is also important to the reading community throughout the New England States as well since many people within the literary community also travel to and fro quite often to share their work and creativity. 

On behalf of the Mr. Hip Presents staff, I would like to use this platform to answer the questions posed and I hope you as editors, venue managers, curators, and others involved within the literary community can also begin to answer these questions for yourselves. 

1. As a community stakeholder, I plan to be a voice in the community. Silence speaks volumes and we as a reading series will speak out against any and all activity detrimental to the success of the literary community. As a writer and reader of others, I plan to share resources and valuable information regarding anything important to the liberation of the literary community.

2. Speak up! Be an ally! Many people/poets/readers enter the Mr. Hip Presents reading community with a sense of assurance that they can be themselves and share their stories, poems, and histories. If reports of assault, abuse, and/or harassment occurs, we will deal with it to the best of our abilities and will allow for zero-tolerance of this behavior at our events. We have zero-tolerance for poets and readers who have a history of assault, abuse, and harassment as well. We are a safe place and would like to remain so especially regarding the vulnerability of our community space.

3. Any places we support and host events are considered and defined as safe spaces. If it is brought to our attention otherwise, we won't host events at or support those venues. Safe spaces to us at Mr. Hip Presents are defined as:  A reading community where each and every poet, audience member, and performer feels comfortable  to share their words and arts without fear of retaliation due to discrimination or assault of various degrees. I'd also like to meet with reading venues, managers, and editors within the Boston community to shed light on his important matters as well. (Please reach out to us and let's discuss)

4. As an organizing body, Mr. Hip Presents could use your help by sending us resources and educational information regarding these important matters. We would love to be a hub and internet space to post information on your behalf and the sake of the literary community's behalf. We as Mr. Hip Presents are here to provide a service for poets, spoken word artists, and musicians alike and hope that we can work together to be a voice for the NYC poetry community.

I am including two resources brought to our attention that I would like to share with you all below:

Very special thanks to Ben Pease for bringing this to our attention. 

Best,

Mr. Hip Presents

 

And please see the questions and meeting notes from Enough is Enough Planning Group below as well:


*This document was drafted by the Enough is Enough planning group. 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

A final version of this document will be made available online. The link will be shared in the Facebook invitation for this event, so please keep your notifications on or check back in.

OUR ASK:

By December 31, 2014, we ask that friends, allies, and NYC poetry stakeholders (editors, venue managers, magazine contributors, series curators, etc.) moved by tonight’s meeting or otherwise committed to change send us your immediate concrete steps towards making our spaces safer, more equitable, and more liberatory.

We are interested in the actions you plan to take as individuals but are particularly interested in changes on a systemic/organizational level that will have broad and long-lasting impact.

Please send your notes to: enoughisenoughpoets@gmail.com

 

QUESTIONS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER: 

  1. How do you plan to respond to the concerns/questions we have shared with you tonight? As an individual poet/writer? As a community stakeholder? 

  2. How will you as a curator/editor/venue manager/writer respond to reports of assault, abuse, and harassment from members of the poetry community moving forward? How will you express support for and solidarity with survivors who have experienced harm?

  3. How will you define and support safe(r) spaces within the spaces/venues/magazines you manage? How will you make this information public?

  4. How can we, as an organizing body, support you in bringing your action steps to life?

WE HOPE THIS GATHERING INSPIRES YOU TO:

  • ASK MORE QUESTIONS.

  • HOLD MEETINGS amongst yourselves to further your thinking and continue building community around these issues.

  • REFLECT on how you listen and respond to allegations of abuse and harassment in the poetry community and whose voices you privilege. 

  • MAKE A PLAN about how you will join or be an ally in our efforts.

  • WRITE about what you heard tonight and share information with others not present.

  • READ and educate yourself on these issues.

PRELIMINARY suggestions for making our spaces safer, more equitable, and more liberatory:

  • As curators, implement a standard for achieving a balance of genders and sexualities among your readers. This means making an effort to include female-identified, gay, lesbian, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming people, among others.

  • As curators, implement a standard for achieving racial diversity among your readers. At the same time, challenge yourselves to avoid tokenism. This may require you to broaden your literary and social horizons significantly.

  • As organizers, take responsibility for what happens at your events. This includes monitoring your drinks table, having non-alcoholic beverage options, and staying sober or appointing trusted people to stay sober and be vigilant. If someone seems extremely intoxicated, take care of them or find someone who can be trusted to take care of them and make sure they get home safe.

  • If you see someone at an event behaving in a way that compromises the safety or well-being of one or more people there, let them know that you're not okay with it by directly addressing that person’s behavior both with them and with event organizers. Keeping lines of communication open in this manner is one key tactic for intervening in a culture of permissibility. Another tactic is having an ally present when directly addressing an offender -- someone with you to bear witness to the exchange. This allows for mediation (if necessary), protection, and support, and could be useful in preventing future miscommunication (he said / she said).

  • If you hear of an incident of sexual assault in your space, address it publicly and in a timely fashion, expressing genuine concern and soliciting feedback about how to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Use all of the platforms on which you typically advertise your events and activities to spread information and seek suggestions from the community.

  • If you are in a position of hiring or promoting and you are made aware of wrongdoing (assault, harassment, discrimination, etc.), be prepared to take steps that could be publicly messy in order to make change. There are people who abuse positions of power, who still get invited to do readings, to teach, to publish, to mentor, who still have careers, because of a status quo silence or worse, fear or passivity. Are you willing to fire someone or otherwise refuse to bolster the career or legacy of an abuser? If not, consider whom and what you are protecting.

  • Consider your relationships with people who have been accused of sexual assault, abuse, and/or misogyny. Do you want to continue curating them into your series and allowing them into your spaces? If so, why? Whom might you be excluding by working with and supporting these individuals?

  • Consider your relationships with the people you organize events with. Are they committed to creating spaces that are safe(r), equitable, and liberatory? If not, why are you continuing to organize with them?
  • Consider your friendships. Have any of your friends been accused of assault, abuse, or misogyny? Have you spoken with them in depth about these accusations? Did their responses seem appropriate to you? Can you trust that they won’t commit similar acts in the future? If not, ask yourself why you are still invested in these relationships. Where is the line between friendship and apologism?

  • Consider doing the right thing. Consider saying something. Consider being true to yourself. Consider being true to others. Consider burning bridges. Consider the possibility that it doesn’t have to be this way forever.

 

Best of #HipKidsRead Day(s)

Thanks to everyone who assisted with spreading the word about our raffle. Don't forget to click the button below to get your raffle ticket. Help put books in the hands of our future with just $5. Oh, and you can also win a prize. Check out some of our favorite photos from #HipKidsRead day!


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"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry." - Emily Dickinson. #HipKidsRead even her:

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Thanks so much for all helping us with our fundraiser. Now, let's sell some tickets!

With LOVE from Us (Hip Kids Read Collage)

MR. HIP PRESENTS TEAM

MR. HIP PRESENTS TEAM

Thanks to Mass Poetry for the raffle support and all of our lovely poets, artists, and people who have donated prizes for this worthy cause. 

 

Special thanks to the Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Emily Dickinson Museum, and Room 83 for providing us their space to host this benefit event. 

Don't forget your raffle ticket for #HipKidsRead's raffle

SUPERLOOP x Nicole Callihan | A Review

Superloop, published by Brooklyn’s Sock Monkey Press, is Nicole Callihan’s first book of poetry. A 70-page collection of open and accessible verse featuring the lovely illustrations of Brooklyn artist Re Jin, the collection’s three parts dwell on familiar subjects - love, loss, childhood, and divorce. Her book is named after the iconic amusement park ride that uses centrifugal force to defy gravity, and like that ride, Callihan’s poems return to their chosen subjects deftly like a whirling body.  Throughout Callihan’s short, sparse lines that seemingly defy gravity, achieves at their best a sort of sentimental, nostalgic levity. 

Superloop’s  high points are honest, humble, and weird; like in The Wanting Creature, where the speaker enjoys a make-out session with the avatar of her own lust: 

“Her mouth fell into my mouth. / I felt her upper lip curl into mine and she arched / her spine that became my spine.”

Simplicity of line, word choice, and syntax achieve the quality of a manifesto in the poem Ordinary, in which the speaker announces that she has given up on

“Imagining I am a saint / or a philosopher or even much of a poet. / I regret I cannot raise you from the dead.”

Poems like Or is it Octopi? and Conviction achieve sustained moments of lyric, emotional intensity and feature weird, wonderful imagery that is at once nostalgic and disquieting.

 However, while Callihan’s lines can often defy gravity, they tend to slightly leave the reader nonplussed. A typical example can be found in the poem The Girl, which features moments of unbounded, and often unwarranted lyric emotion:

 “With hair to the ground, / tiny breasts, / beetle eyes / gathered the harps / of the field / said / If by morning / you pluck / a single chord / and stopped.”

These words are beautiful. The poem is active in the mind and too often left unexplained.

There are 23 poems contained in the 70 pages of Superloop. The longest poem, titled The Manual, showcases the ups and downs of the collection quite deftly. Divided into 5 unequal parts, The Manual features moments where Callihan’s lines deliver awe and wonder, as in the first section where

“the sea that came / with the seaport / that came with the man / that came with his heart / and took the woman / in his peeling hands / and told her the story / of a sleigh bed / that carried snowflakes / to the center of the world.” 

Like the amusement park ride from whence the book takes its title, Superloop has its highs and lows, but is nevertheless an amusing and quirky read. 

Nicole Callihan reads at Mr. Hip Presents: Le Poisson Rouge in September 2014. #MrHipNYC

Nicole Callihan reads at Mr. Hip Presents: Le Poisson Rouge in September 2014. #MrHipNYC

Review written by Mario Ariza.

#BestinBoston Finalist

Well, we're not the best quarterbacks in Boston, but we were recently nominated as a finalist of #BestInBoston for Karaoke/Open Mic events. It's an honor to not only be nominated, but to also be in a category with other amazing acts and events.

Special thanks are in order for everyone who voted and The Boston Calendar for providing a hub and home for our event listings along with BDCwire.com who is changing the game when it comes to new media news.

We owe an even bigger thanks and are grateful for all of the poets who have shared their words with us. We can't do it without you and we would not do it without you. You all are awesome. 

Mr. Hip Presents: #MCM

#MCM

As we are prepping for our October reading this Saturday at 6PM at the UFORGE Gallery, we just thought that we would share our Man Crush Monday. It was an extremely hard decision, so we went with the entire trio for this one. 

Be sure to check out our reading this upcoming weekend and tell them how handsome they all are. See you all soon.

JScott Martin: @jscottmartin0297

JScott Martin: @jscottmartin0297

DeShawn Alexander: @dvibesputitontheone

DeShawn Alexander: @dvibesputitontheone

Jordan Carter: @fatbeats27

Jordan Carter: @fatbeats27

Mr. Hip Presents: UFORGE Gallery September

Dear Poetry Lover & People Who Don't Know They Love It Yet,

We are back. Techincally, we never left, but we are back at our home in Jamaica Plain at the UFORGE Gallery. Since our last reading at UFORGE back in June, we've been to the Poets House in New York City, Gold Gallery in the artsy South End, and back in New York at Le Poisson Rouge.

And it sure feels good to be back home with some phenomenal poets. The poets along with their bios and photos are listed below. The best part about this reading is the young and hip poet from our youth series. She is only 13 and will be sure to amaze. Come see why poetry is fun and how we make it hip.

Can't wait!

UFORGE Gallery

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130

Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook. We want to make sure we have enough chairs and goodies for the hippest audience members in all of the Boston area. 

SMILES & BIOS


Matthew Lippman is the author of three poetry collections, AMERICAN CHEW, winner of The Burnside Review Book Prize (Burnside Review Book Press, 2013), MONKEY BARS (Typecast Publishing, 2010), and THE NEW YEAR OF YELLOW, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize (Sarabande Books, 2007).  He is the recipient of the 2014 Georgetown Review Magazine Prize, the 2014 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Prize, and The Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW.


Ricky Orng is a Cambodian-American performer and educator based in Lowell, Massachusetts' Little Cambodian. He is the Director of Lowell's Youth Spoken Word organization, FreeVerse! - and coaches their slam team who were on final stage in Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts 2012, 2013, place 1st in 2014, and appeared on final stage in Brave New Voices 2011, San Francisco.  Ricky hosted the first Asian American & Pacific Islander Poetry Reading at National Poetry Slam in Boston. His works has been featured on Angry Asian Man, Absolutely Fobulous and Cambodia's first bi-lingual fashion publication, F-Magazine. 

His writing reflects on being 2nd generation American, dealing with Asian stereotypes, the consequences of The Khmer Rouge and living in America's second largest Cambodian populated city. Ricky is a Gemini, loves Autumn, bikes occasionally and photographs people for fun. His works can be found on www.poetrybyrickyorng.tumblr.com and www.cargocollective.com/rickyorng


Soren Stockman’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, PEN Poetry Series, H.O.W. Journal, St. Petersburg Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Paris-American, and Narrative Magazine, which awarded him First Place in the 2013 Narrative 30 Below Story and Poetry Contest. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and a Finalist for the 2013 Baltic Writing Residency at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. Singing Saw Press published 100 broadsides of his piece, “Witness,” illustrated by printmaker Anne Marie O’Neill, in 2013. He edits the forthcoming Spring House Journal and works as Program Coordinator for Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, is out now from YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, was published by Poor Claudia in 2013, and an EP of recorded poems, Trench Mouth, is available from Black Cake Records. His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Indiana Review, jubilat,  Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series, and edits the PEN Poetry Series. In 2015, Poor Claudia will release his second book, a travelogue called C’est La Guerre.    

Photo by Veronica Rafael

Photo by Veronica Rafael


Sarah Sweeney’s poems and essays have appeared in Rattle, Quarterly West, Pank, Thrush Poetry Review, Muzzle, Cream City Review, and elsewhere. She heads the storytelling salon Seasonal Regression, held at Oberon, and has received some awards, and a Pushcart nomination. Her chapbook, Love Me Tinder, was recently a semifinalist at Black Lawrence Press. www.sarah-sweeney.com


Sam Cha received his MFA from UMass Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work appears in or is forthcoming from apt, Anderbo, decomP, Cleaver, Printer's Devil Review, and Memorious. He's a poetry editor at Radius, and a member of the editorial board at Off the Coast. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA.

Sam Cha Bio

Mark Schorr has served as the Director of the Robert Frost Foundation in Lawrence and has run their open mic at Cafe Azteca since 2000.  His most recent book is Aliens, a book of jazz haiku, tanka, and yotsumono.


And Tyler Patrick Smith with Musical Guest: Glazed Thought.

Can't wait to see your beautiful faces on Saturday,

Mr. Hip Presents Team

Mr. Hip Presents: Le Poisson Rouge

Hey You,

Thanks for checking out this event and we hope you can join us in making poetry hip in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge on September 7th beginning at 7:00PM. 

Below, you will find the smiles and bios of our upcoming readers. We can't wait for you to join us at our second #MrHipNYC event. We promise you the hippest possible Sunday evening with poetry, spoken-word, music, and art. 

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series

 

Smiles & Bios


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Paige Taggart's first book Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press) is here (!) and Or Replica is forthcoming November 2014 with Brooklyn Arts Press. Her chapbook of translations, I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux will be released with Greying Ghost Press. She makes jewelry: mactaggartjewelry.com & tweets as mactaggartjewel. Check out a tumblr she administers: Poets Touching Trees. 


Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and most recently a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Randall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. An excerpt from his memoir titled Roxbury is published by Kattywompus Press. Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press in the publisher of his latest poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy


Nicole Callihan writes poems, stories and essays. Her work has appeared in, among others, The L Magazine, Cream City Review, Forklift, Ohio and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her books include the 2012 nonfiction Henry River Mill Village, a documentation of the rise and fall of a tiny mill village turned ghost town in North Carolina, which she co-wrote with Ruby Young Keller, as well as, SuperLoop, a collection of poems published by Sock Monkey Press in early 2014. She teaches at NYU and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.


Emily Skillings is a dancer and a poet. She is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear). Skillings dances for The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik) and presents her own choreography in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. She recently co-curated the exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” with Adam Fitzgerald at Loretta Howard Gallery. This fall she will begin her graduate studies at Columbia University.


Sparrow lives at the foot of Mount Romer, in Phoenicia, New York. He plays ocarina in the neo-Aristotelian pop band Foamola. Sparrow has been published in the New Yorker, Monster Trucks and the Phoenicia Times. He has run for President of the United States six times.


Erica "Rivaflowz" Buddington is a Jill of all trades. HBO Def Poet, Brave New Voices Champion, freelance writer (Ebony, MadameNoire, etc.), graphic designer, and blogger. That's all by night. During the day, she's the Manager of Curriculum Enrichment for the entire agency of Harlem Children's Zone, an educational pipeline program that covers 100 blocks of Harlem and serves 6,000 students. She's also a not-too-shabby chef and amateur Instagram photographer. She's got no published items to sell, but she gives away free hugs. It's a new phenomenon, to her. Say hi.


April Ranger is a 2008 National Poetry Slam finalist, a three-time member of Boston Cantab’s National Poetry Slam team, and recipient of the Nicole Dufresne Playwriting Award. Her poems have appeared in Muzzle Magazineapt, the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Writebloody, 2014.) She directed the premiere of her short play, Civilized Rituals, at the 2013 Dorchester Fringe Festival. April grew up in Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn. www.aprilranger.com


Musical Guest: Jazmin Yvonne, born Jazmin McCray is a native of Poughkeepsie, NY. Jazmin had the honor of attending the top music school in the world, Berklee College of Music where she studied Music Business and Management. Also while enrolled she had the opportunity to perform and participate with some of the schools top ensembles. Jazmin is a vocalist and poet that is very excited about the future. Jazmin lives and breathes art in all forms, she is very grateful to express herself through music and poetry. Jazmin feels that it is a privilege and honor to be a musician and doesn't take it for granted. She is determined to share her story with the world, and thankful to everyone that is taking the ride with her.


We hope you to see everyone on Sunday, September 7th. It's going to be a hip evening for all.

Best,

Mr. Hip Presents

Mr. Hip Presents: Anniversary Poetry Reading at Gold Gallery

Dear Literary Lover or Soon-to-be Lit. Lover,

I must say that it has been a wonderful year hosting poetry readings in Boston. I still remember the first reading as if it were yesterday. With that said, I can't wait for our anniversary poetry reading on August 16th at Gold Gallery (655 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118). The poetry, spoken word, and music will be more than spectacular. This won't just be a poetry reading, it will be a celebration of poetry, art, music, and life. Come see how we make poetry hip.  

The greatest poetry show on earth. 

Did we mention that the GOOD Vibes Trio will be the musical performers, too? 

Smiles and Poetry Bios


Photo Credit by: Nikki Patin.

Photo Credit by: Nikki Patin.

Tara Betts s the author of Arc & Hue and the libretto THE GREATEST!: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali. Tara is a Ph.D. candidate in English/Creative Writing at SUNY Binghamton University. In addition to her poetry appearing in several anthologies and journals, her scholarly writing has appeared in The Black Scholar, Obsidian, Xavier Review, and Sounding Out!, a journal in sound studies. Tara has represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam and appeared on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" and Jessica Care Moore's "SPOKEN." She has worked with young writers in Chicago, New York City, and London. www.tarabetts.net.


Emily Pettit is the author of Goat in the Snow (Birds LLC, 2012) and three chapbooks: Because You Can Have This Idea About Being Afraid Of Something (Dikembe Press, 2013), How (Octopus Books), and What Happened to Limbo (Pilot Books). She is an editor for Factory Hollow Press, jubilat, and notnostrums. She teaches at Flying Object and Elms College.

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Jordan Pailthorpe is a third year MFA candidate in poetry at Emerson College. His poetic work is driven by games and game culture and has appeared in places such as the new video game inspired literary journal Cartridge Lit. His interests in procedural rhetoric inform his work within the First-Year Writing Program, where he teacheswriting and rhetoric to Emerson undergraduates. He co-founded Level257, a multimodal student journal on games and play, and works at the Emerson Engagement Lab as a game designer and project coordinator. 


Brandon Amico is from New Hampshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, Phoebe, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. You can visit him at www.brandonamico.com.

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April Nicotera is a speech language pathologist in a public Massachusetts middle school. She graduated with an MA in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and completed her undergraduate work at Loyola University Maryland, where she studied speech-language pathology, Spanish literature, and theatre. At Loyola, she competed as a member of a slam poetry team, and was a member of the Greyhound Collective Poetry Revival. Her poetry has been published in Garland, Loyola's literary magazine, as well as the Naugatuck River Review. Her poems have also been featured on Breakthru  Radio and she has been a featured artist in the Wintonbury  Poetry Series.


 


Musical Guest: SaTarra Troutman with the GOOD Vibes Trio. 

Frank Bidart & James Franco at Bowery Poetry

I had never been to the Bowery Poetry in New York City. Like the Nuyorican Cafe, I had only heard stories of the Bowery. However, for a poetry venue, this location proved to be a fairytale-esque place for the favorite-poet's-favorite-poet, Frank Bidart and James Franco to share their words and talents with a packed house on the evening of June 23rd. 

The evening commenced with a wonderful spoken word like introduction from Bob Holman, the artistic director of Bowery Poetry. Calling Frank a "living legend" in the poet world, the sentiments were felt by nearly everyone in the audience once the poetry began. 

Frank Bidart let everyone know that James would read for 15 minutes, followed by himself, followed by James, and then Frank would read again before a book signing and Q & A session. 

James Franco reading ekphrastic poetry.

James Franco reading ekphrastic poetry.

James showed the audience the true meaning of ekphrastic poetry as he shared some of his poems from New Film Stills. These poems were in a dialogue with some interesting film stills of the actor/poet/painter Franco. The book New Film Stills which has a lovely introduction by Frank should definitely be picked up in the near future if you're a fan of film, poetry, photos, and art. 

Frank Bidart reading from Metaphysical Dog

Frank Bidart reading from Metaphysical Dog

This time, it was Frank's turn to share his work. Opening up with Ava Gardner (another ode to the ekphrastic poetry theme of the evening), the crowd roared with applause. Frank and Franco were born to read poetry together. 

These two poets truly blending together the meaning we as humans find in art throughout the entire night. They made the crowd cry, laugh, clap, and leave with smiles on their faces. Their poems flirted with films, photographs, and even other poems. We need more readings and collaborations such as the one that Bidart and Franco displayed. If it takes popular culture to make poetry hip again, then let's make that happen. 

Thanks for a terrific evening of poetry and fun. Thanks to the Bowery for hosting such a lovely event. Thanks to poetry for making it all happen. 

Franco X Mr. Hip X Frank Bidart

Franco X Mr. Hip X Frank Bidart