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Talking Paper Interview Series: Malik Crumpler

Talking Paper Interview Series: Malik Crumpler

Malik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, fiction writer, rapper, and music producer who has released a multitude of albumsshort films, and books of poetry. Those books include Inevitable Mutations Act II (BAM, Paris, 2015), Locked Language (BAM, Paris, 2014), Little Everywhere (Satori Ideas, New York, 2014), and Amber Hymns (Satori Ideas, New York, 2011). In addition, Inevitable Mutations Act I is a music project (On point, Brussels, 2015), Little Everywhere has a live musical performance version, and Amber Hymns has an accompanying auditory experience available for download at Bandcamp.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Ben Kronberg

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Ben Kronberg

Ben Kronberg is a Brooklyn-based comedian and musician originally from Colorado. In 2013, he had his own Comedy Central Half Hour special, and he has appeared on late-night network shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly while also regularly touring across the country. His habit of referencing a small joke book during sets inspired filmmaker Scott Moran to interview Kronberg for the web series Modern Comedian, for which Kronberg also composed the music using his iPhone and guitar. Kronberg later used his iPhone to create a music album titled Just Songs, which he recently played live at American Beauty Bar NYC as part of a weekly open-mic showcase organized by friend and musician Tim Pourbaix.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Stanford Reid and Maayan Oppenheim

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Stanford Reid and Maayan Oppenheim

Stanford Reid and Maayan Oppenheim are multi-instrumental musicians who organize and play as part of the #PowerOurPlanet performance showcase each week at Hell Phone in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The show provides a live venue for poets, comedians, hip-hop, and folk musicians, with Reid often accompanying performers using his saxophone and other instruments. #PowerOurPlanet also serves as a larger movement, with an emphasis on innovation and creativity aimed at uplifting humanity. 

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Melissa Gurney and Chris Carr

Talking Paper Interview Series: Melissa Gurney and Chris Carr

Melissa Hunter Gurney and Christopher Carr are the co-founders of Brooklyn-based publication GAMBAZine, describing it as "a provocative literary magazine created to inspire passion and thoughtfulness outside the politics of mainstream publication." Gurney is publisher/editor, while Carr is creative director, and both are on the lookout for underexposed writers and visual artists from around the world. The publication gives those writers and visualists an opportunity to perform their work for an audience by holding regular artist salons in Greenpoint (GAMBA Z's Artist Salon at Lucky Luna) and Bushwick (The Island of GAMBAZini Presents at Hell Phone), while also using their events calendar to help promote events organized by local artists like Stanford Reid (#PowerOurPlanet at Hell Phone) and Jessica Reidy (The Bridge Between Writing and Yoga at Sacred Sounds Yoga), as well as Nomadic Press.

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