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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night
July 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.
Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, “someone’s dead already,” and his poetry has been featured in Harper’s Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His next book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, will be the 61st Pocket Poets book published by City Lights.
Fenner is an artist, educator, and researcher. He completed a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University. After a decade of experience as an art educator in the juvenile justice system, he is completing a doctorate in education. His research interests include youth justice, youth participatory action research, decolonizing methodologies, and art-centered learning. He co-founded Bootstrap Press (http://www.bootstrappress.org/) in 2000, which has published over 40 books. His latest book of poems is “Hermeticities & Others,” published in 2016.
Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-910-1066.