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New York Poets Live to Perform at Bowdoin February 7

Story posted February 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- New York Poets Live will perform at Bowdoin on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

Tickets for the performance are $6.00 with Bowdoin I.D. and $12.00 for the general public. The New York Poets Live performance at Bowdoin is sponsored by the Student Union Committee.

Born and bred in New York City, the members of New York Poets Live provide a most creative entertainment form. Typically, there are two parts to the performance: "The Show," is the relatively straightforward presentation of material in a 1-2 hour program; following "The Show" is the "Slam Open," which is a mock competition between poets reading one poem per round with five members of the audience scoring the poets on a scale of one to ten.

Forged in the poetry cafes on New York's culturally diverse Lower East Side, the spoken word movement is now more than a phenomenon, as poets in cities and towns nationwide organize grassroots tongue-in- cheek Olympics with their own versions of "Slam Opens." In fact, the art form has now taken hold in the recording industry where a new CD The United States of Poetry (featuring numerous New York Poets Live poets) has been released on Mouth Almighty Records, and various other individual poets have recorded on Atlantic, Mercury, and NuTo/Imago. Television has also picked up on the phenomenon as a five-part series recently ran on PBS, also titled "The United States of Poetry."

New York Poets Live range in age and experience, but all are teachers. Because of their ability to teach their art form, they hold numerous residencies throughout the year. They've held residencies at Bennington College, Duke University, and the National Arts Center, Ottawa, Ontario, among other places. They come from multi-cultural backgrounds and are able to roll their experiences into their recitations.

The have performed all over the world from Wales to Munich and from Copenhagen to London. The reviews of New York Poets Live clearly indicate that they put on a show to behold. "There's a new sound shaking up the poetry scene," reports Mirabella. "Poet Emily XYZ and her partner are reviving the spoken word with true power and originality." The Daily Variety reported that, "...the night demonstrated the undeniable power and appeal of an evolving art form, a fusion of literature, theater, performance art and standup comedy that has an attitude and packs a wallop."

For more information on the performance or to obtain tickets by phone, contact the David Saul Smith Union Information Desk at (207) 725- 3375.

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