POETRY: Wed. Jan 25th, Poetry Salon
Created by Greenlight’s own Angel Nafis, Greenlight Bookstore is thrilled to announce a quarterly poetry series, the Greenlight Poetry Salon, with local, national and celebrated poets.
This month join us as we celebrate the mighty words and wisdom of poets!:
Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue. Tara is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate of the New England College MFA Program, a 2-time member of Chicago’s Mental Graffiti slam team at the National Poetry Slam, and an HBO Def Poet. Her work has been dramatized in Steppenwolf Theater’s Words on Fire, and in adaptations of the anthologies Fingernails Across a Chalkboard and That Takes Ovaries! Her work appears in numerous anthologies and journals. She currently teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops with teens and other groups.
Caits Meissner winner of the OneWorld Poetry Contest, attended the 2008 inaugural Pan-African Literary Forum in Accra, Ghana where she studied under Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and other luminaries from the literary African diaspora. In addition to her own self-released work, she has been published in various literary journals. Her well-received EP, The Wolf & Me, was released in May 2010. Caits is creator and producer of The Livingroom Sessions, an online web series that offers unmasked, experiential glimpses into the lives of underground artists and the settings they create in. She is also an arts educator and designer.
Tishon is a designer, writer and poet who has read his work at Bowery Poetry Club, LouderARTS Reading Series, La Mama and other venues in New York and New Jersey. He makes a living designing things. In August 2011, Tishon founded Well&Often, an independent publishing press. He is also a founding member of BBOX Radio, a Brooklyn-centric community radio station operating out of a shipping container, in the middle of an outdoor market. Tishon lives in Brooklyn and plans to stay there for the foreseeable future.
Adam Falkner an award winning New York City based poet, performer, essayist, fulltime public high school teacher and educational consultant. He is a multiple-time member and coach of national poetry slam teams representing the youth community of Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, where he was a 2008/2009 Writer-in-Residence. Adam’s work has appeared in anthologies and journals such as Unsquared (826 Publications, 2006), The Barberhshop Chronicles (Penmanship Books, 2008), decomP Magazine, The Other Journal, The Esu Review, Lamplighter Review, and others, and has been featured on HBO, BET, Michigan Public Radio and in Time Out New York. National Associate for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) and recipient of a Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award in higher education for his pioneering work at the University of Michigan in the area of Whiteness studies and intergroup relations, Adam has performed and facilitated writing workshops at colleges, universities, high schools, prisons, juvenile detention centers and performance venues across the country. He currently teaches. 11th and 12th grade English/Creative Writing in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Come fill your ears with poems and your hearts with joy.
Refreshments and book signing to follow!