Join us in the back room at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick for poetry from Libby Mislan, Nathaniel Kressen, Ronna Lebo, and Malik Crumpler., with music by Melissa Czarnik.
Donations will be kindly called for, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Libby Mislan is a New York City-based poet specializing in interdisciplinary performance. Her poetry shares a heart with music and dance and is often performed accompanied by ambient grooves and dance. She gravitates towards tales of transformation, healing and epiphany, and is heavily influenced by the natural world as well as the landscapes and culture of her NYC home. Deeply inspired by hip hop and the power of rhythmic certainty, rhyme weaves its way through much of her work. Libby is the co-founder of Expression Sessions (expressionsessions.tumblr.com), an interdisciplinary arts space/workshop for creative exploration, healing and growth through meditation, movement and poetry. For more info, go to http://libbylapoet.tumblr.com
Nathaniel Kressen is a Brooklyn-based writer who is the author of "Concrete Fever", the co-founder of Second Skin Books, and the leader of the Greenpoint Writers Group. His debut novel was independently released, and went on to grace the shelves of 50+ stores nationwide and become a Bestseller at NYC’s legendary Strand Book Store. His next novel is on the way, to be titled Dahlia Cassandra. For more info, go to http://nathanielkressen.com
Ronna Lebo is a New Jersey-based painter and co-founder of Reservoir Art Space in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. She is also a co-founder and editor of Black Square Editions, a not-for-profit small press for poetry and visual arts. She performed for twelve years as Alice B. Talkless, won a Jackie 60 New Artist Award, and was included in two CMJ music festivals. Her poetry has been published in Arbella, Long Shot, Big Hammer, Words,This Broken Shore, Whim Wit and the anthology Will Work for Peace edited by Brett Axel. Her 2011 book, "Prolapse" was published by Off the Park Press. For more info, go to http://www.ronnalebo.com
Malik Crumpler is a New York City-based genre-less word artist, poet, rapper and music producer. He has released a multitude of albums, short films, five books of poetry, co-founded madmenscalling.com, Satori Ideas Media, http://www.visceralbrooklyn.com/, and www.thosethatthis.com. For more info, go to http://malikameer.com
Melissa Czarnik is a poet and emcee who defies category with her genre-blending approach to hip-hop. Her soulful and sexy flow captivates listeners with intricate lyricism and heartfelt storytelling. She has toured the U.S. and Europe fusing elements of soul, classical and emceeing that satisfies both hip hop and jazz lovers alike. Her latest album, "Non Merci" has earned her recognition from The Deli Magazine as one of New York City’s Best Emerging Artists, while NPR’s All Songs Considered hails her as a “Soulful, fluid rapper that has produced a surprising, potent and thoughtful mix of funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop.” For more info, go to: http://melissaczarnik.com/
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