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                         Next Show: Winter Feb. 26th     

READERS: Jive Poetic, T'ai Freedom Ford, Catherine Chen, Starr Davis, and Susan John

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Von Bar (downstairs)

3 Bleecker St. 

New York, NY 10010

Show Time: 7:00 pm

Free w/ 1 drink min. 

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Join Soul Sister Revue for its Winter Show at Von Bar where we ask What does Soul mean to you? Readers include Jive Poetic (Clone Wars: A Poem by Jive Poetic), T'ai Freedom Ford (& more black), Catherine Chen (Manifesto, or: Hysteria), Starr Davis, and Susan John.  Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

Jive Poetic received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. He has performed his work in venues ranging from the Australian House of Parliament to the Tom Thumb Theater in Kent, England. He was also one of two poets selected by the US Embassy to represent American slam poetry during an international cultural exchange program in Warsaw, Poland. Jive Poetic has collected grand slam championship titles from Pensacola, Florida to Munich, Germany. In 2003, Jive Poetic was a member of the Nuyorican Poet’s Café’s National Slam team ranking second in the nation as a team, and 10th as an individual. In 2004, he was a member of the Providence Rhode Island Slam Team; in 2005 he was a member of the NYC Louder Arts Slam Team; in 2006 he was a member of the Brooklyn National Slam Team. In 2011 he served on the advisement panel at the Australian National Slam Summit. He was featured on season four of TVONE’s LEXUS VERSES AND FLOW, PBS News Hour, and BET Facebook Live. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, co-founder of The SOUNDBITES POETRY FESTIVAL, and currently hosts the open slam at Nuyorican Poet’s Café. When he is not on tour or hosting, Jive Poetic teaches performance poetry and hip – hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and surrounding tri-state area. In 2017 he became the first ever recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service.

 

T’ai Freedom Ford is a New York City high school English teacher. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken BoatElectric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Poetry and others.  A 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship inaugural fellow, she is the author of two poetry collections, how to get over and & more black. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine

 

Catherine Chen is a poet, performer, and author of the chapbook Manifesto, or: Hysteria (Big Lucks). Their writing has appeared in Slate, The Rumpus, Apogee, Anomaly, and Nat. Brut, among others. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Lambda Literary, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, they're currently working on a libretto.

 

Starr Davis is a poet, author, playwright and professional writer whose work has been featured in multiple literary magazines such as The Rumpus, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Transition Magazine. Her monologues, poetry, and short stories have awarded her literary fellowships such as The Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, Slice Literary Conference Fellowship, and The Eckerd College Scholarship. A previous Writing Mentor for nonprofit organizations such as Writopia and Seeds of Fortune, Davis actively serves within the writing community to tutor marginalized groups of young writers. Her work has been performed at The Billie Holiday Theatre, The CUNY Graduate Center, and Nuyorican Poets Café. She currently lives in The Bronx, where she is working on her debut short story collection.

 

Susan John was born in New Jersey, a child of immigrants from India. She attended college in New York and Paris and spent her adult years traveling the world with a jazz orchestra. After leaving them, she took refuge in Spain, California, and Brazil before traipsing home. She is a consultant for artists and organizations, helping them with visioning and speech work. She is a VONA/Voices alumna, a Winter Tangerine poetry fellow, and was a finalist in the William Faulkner essay competition in New Orleans. She has read in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, and New York and currently resides in Brooklyn.