Join us in the back room at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick for city stories from Boni Joi, Nick E. Finn, Dallas Rico, and Jennifer Harmon (music by TBD)
Donations will be kindly called for, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Boni Joi was born in North Miami Beach, Florida, raised in New Jersey and discovered her lost lineage in Salem, Massachusetts. She has a MFA in poetry from Columbia University and has read and performed her poems at numerous venues in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere including Switzerland, Canada, and England. Her poems have appeared in Arabella, Long Shot, Boog City Reader, Big Hammer, Lungfull!, The Brooklyn Rail and many other journals. Boni is a rotating cast member of the show Mortified. A clip of her performance was featured on National Public Radio’s This American Life during an interview with the progenitor, David Nadleberg and her piece was published in the book Mortified: Love is a Battlefield (2008). Her first collection of poetry, Before During or After Rainstorms, was published in 2012. Boston Review says: "Armed with an eye for the particular and a knack for gentle satire, Joi writes from the front lines of a doomed fight for America's spirit, but does so with a bright infectious gusto." Boni is an editor and project manager for Black Square Editions, a small poetry press and has designed their website: www.blacksquareeditions.org. She works a photograph and reference archivist and lives with musical chef Tobi Joi in Brooklyn.
NICK E. FINN
Nick E Finn is an Irish-American poet, playwright, and actor from Seattle, WA. Nick received Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Washington in Political Science and Sociology, later earning his Master’s Degree in Teaching from Fordham University. Nick trained as actor at The Wynn Handman studios. Nick has performed his unique blend of Spoken Word Poetry, Theatre, and Hip-Hop at The Bushwick Starr, CATCH Series, Word at 4F, Arieto Live, Smokin’ Word, The Poets Settlement, The National Black Theatre, and legendary The Nuyorican Poet’s Café. As a member of the Brooklyn Gypsies Collective, Nick is currently developing his one-man-show “The Last Hipster in Brooklyn,” set to open Off-Broadway in 2017. Nick lives in Bushwick with his wife Mairys and is proud to call Brooklyn home.
Dallas Rico is a black and Latino educator and writer from Dallas, Texas. He earned a B.A. in English, with a Creative Writing concentration, and a B.S. in Film at the University of Texas and a Master's of Education from Loyola Marymount University. As a high school teacher, Dallas is passionate about improving the quality of Education across the nation. He regularly writes about Education issues on Huffington Post. His deep relationships with his students inspired him to begin writing Young Adult fiction and he is currently working on his first YA novel. In his personal blog, scandallas.com, he reflects on the writing process and topics that concern the YA age group. He loves living in Brooklyn and hopes to stay here as long as he can afford it on a teacher's salary.
Jennifer Harmon is a poet who was born and raised in New Mexico, currently residing in Astoria, Queens. Inspired by her late mother Patty, also a writer, Jennifer's goal is to share their story with the world. Intertwining her mother’s writings with her own, Jennifer's poetry readings provide a unique and often very moving experience to her audience. Jennifer has been featured at Rimes of the Ancient Mariner, Inspired Word NYC, Brownstone Poets, and Brooklyn Gallery Workshop. Her work has been published in Newtown Literary Journal. She loves going on adventures with her husband Chris, snuggling and playing with their three cats, Zach, Jupiter, and Yoda, and changing her hair color and hairstyle on a regular basis. Visit her website at jenniferharmonpoetry.com and send her an email firstname.lastname@example.org.