Monday, November 5, 2012

This Friday, Ross Gay and Patrick Rosal! + Donations for Storm Victims

Nor'easter Open: Two Features and an Open Mic
Friday, November 9th, 7 pm, Featuring Ross Gay & Patrick Rosal

Nor'easter Open is 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 event kicks off with readings by two feature authors, followed by an hour of open mic.  November's features are Ross Gay and Patrick Rosal.  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.

We are honored to have this event co-sponsored by Certain Circuits Magazine. 

Ross Gay is assistant professor of English at Indiana University and author of the poetry collections Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburg Press, 2011) and Against Which(Persea Books, 2009).  His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast,Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Ploughshares, and Sou'wester, among other publications.  Gay also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Drew University and is a Cave Canem fellow.

Patrick Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Bonesheperds (2011), My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003).  His collections have been honored by the Association of Asian American Studies, the Global Filipino Literary Awards and the Asian American Writers Workshop.  In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines.  His poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Tin House, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review,Indiana Review.  His most recent prose appears in ESPN's  He is currently on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden's MFA program.

Please take a moment to consider these possible organizations for donations. Afterwards, treat yourself to a Nor'easter Open. All information follows below.

Red Cross
All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. Donate here.

New York Blood Center
Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. Donate here.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Donate here.

Feeding America
Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in disaster zones, working to distribute them to the storm's victims. Donate here.

AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donate here.

World Vision
World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. Donate here.

Save the Children
Save the Children is working to provide relief to families and their children. Donate here.

Humane Society
Humane Society is partnering with local organizations in animal relief efforts. Donate here.

American Humane Association
American Humane Association is helping animals in need of rescue and shelter, via their mobile Rescue Rig, run by trained staff and volunteers. Donate here.

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