The Sunday Best Reading Series will close its 2011-2012 season on May 6 with Poets of Page and Stage, a performance -poetry extravaganza. This event features an impressive roster of creative and innovative literary artists who continually push the boundaries of their genre(s): Joel Allegretti, Jane LeCroy, and Sheila Maldonado. Please join us on Sunday, May 6, at 4pm for this exciting program. The afternoon promises to be a worthy season-ender. As always, the reading will take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, and a suggested contribution of $7 will cover attendance at the event and the after-reception with the artists, as well as drinks and snacks. Read on for more information about the performers who will participate in Poets of Page and Stage.
Joel Allegretti is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012); Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, and The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000). Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Pank, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, Margie, and Fulcrum, as well as in The Best American Poetry blog. He is represented in three new anthologies: Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012); Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books, 2012), and In the Black/In the Red (Helicon Nine, 2012). His fiction has appeared in Think Journal, The Adroit Journal, autolycus: rogue literary journal and Petrichor Machine. His Aqua: A Play in One Repeated Act was a semifinalist in the 2010 Knock International Play Contest. He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose symphonic work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP. www.joelallegretti.com
Jane LeCroy, poet, singer and performance artist, has collaborated, performed and toured with the SF based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit; the 1990’s emo-core band, Vitapup; the a capella hip-hop, beatboxing orchestra, Nu Voices; Brant Lyon’s Hydrogen Jukebox; and musicians such as Madigan Shive, Animal Prufrock, David Last, Bradford Reed, Chad Taylor, Carol Lipnik, Kid Lucky, Taylor McFerrin, Napoleon Maddox, Erik Lawrence, and Reggie Workman. She fronts the avant-pop band Transmitting, featuring multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs. Jane has published her poetry, stories, songs, and articles in Mudfish, Hootenanny, Tragic Book, Live-Mag, Princess, Fast Folk Magazine, Hanging Loose, Frank 151, Vector and Teachers & Writers. Jane has been teaching writing, literature and performance through the artist-in-the-schools organizations Teachers & Writers Collaborative and DreamYard. Her latest book of poetry, Names, was published by Booklyn as part of the award-winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid. Her latest CD, Transmitting Dark and Full of Life, was released on the European label Delphy. http://www.janelecroy.com/
Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan where she is working on her next project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya. http://sheilamaldonado.com/