Friday, Oct. 12th
Nor'easter Open: Two Features
& an Open Mic!
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119-3402
Join us for our 9th Nor’easter Open, Nor’easter Exchange’s monthly open mic series that takes place at Mt. Airy Philadelphia’s Big Blue Marble Bookstore, co-hosted by Nina Sharma and Quincy Scott Jones. Each series kicks off with readings by two feature authors, followed by an hour of open mic. Our October features are Trapeta B. Mayson and Charan P. Morris Nor’easter Exchange welcomes and is proud to support both emerging and established writers, at a bookstore with a truly independent heart. Come read your work or just support that of your friends and neighbors.
For open mic, please arrive at least 15 minutes early (6:45 pm) to sign up, and allot 3 minutes for your reading.
Trapeta B. Mayson is a native of Liberia who immigrated to the United States in 1975. She considers herself to be richly blessed to understand the roots of her culture in both Africa and America. She grew up in North Philadelphia and currently resides in Germantown as part of the Greene Street Artists Cooperative, www.greenestreetartists.org. In partnership with highly regarded and supremely talented jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler, Trapeta and Monnette founded Sisters in Music and Poetry in early 2000. The two have collaborated to blend original poetry and music to create a unique and poignant experience for audiences around the country and beyond through poetry and music workshops, residencies and performances. Her publications include Mocha Melodies and submissions in The American Poetry Review, The Margie Review, and Aesthetica Journal to name a few. A second book of poetry She Was Once Herself was released in the Spring of 2012. For further information and/or book purchase, please visit: http://trapetamayson.com/
Charan P. Morris is a poet/educator transplanted from Chicago to New York. A 2011-12 LAMBDA Literary Foundation Fellow, her work has been published in New York University’s Gallatin Review, Brownstone Magazine, Sinister Wisdom and is forthcoming in Kweli Journal. In addition to being a NYC public school educator for the past eight years, she has facilitated poetry workshops with diverse groups of writers including formerly incarcerated youth and graduate students at Columbia University. Poetry takes its rightful place in her life--neck and neck with teaching. Charan’s performance poetry has reached audiences throughout the Midwest and East Coast. She has shared a stage with Gill Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Staceyann Chin, Ishle Park, Tara Betts, Climbing Poetree, and others. Her work fuels public dialogue around colorism, homophobia and the effects of war. Of course, sometimes she writes about being human. To find out more about her work as a poet and educator visit: www.charanp.com.
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