NYC | March 18, 2012 : Sunday Salon

NYC | March 18, 2012

It’s time for the 3rd annual Sunday Salon/Bread Loaf Dark Tower Reading! Thanks to writer, Ru Freeman, this special event has featured talented writers of color, who’ve all had the honor of connecting and cultivating their work at past Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, and shared their illuminations on race and identity on the Salon stage. This year’s line up? Five skillful poets/writers guaranteed to elevate the house. Special musical guest, Greene Girl, joins in the heavenly ruckus. At Jimmys 43. 7pm.

Darrel Alejandro Holnes is an award-winning poet and playwright from Panama City, Panama and the Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. He holds degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and the University of Houston. He and his work have been featured nationally and internationally in the Kennedy Center Annual College Theater Festival, TIME Magazine, and The Caribbean Writer among others. He is the recipient of scholarships to Cave Canem, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a writer’s residency at VCCA. He continues to work as a writer and emerging performance artist in New York. The latest news about his performances can be found at And most recently, he was selected as one of “The Phantastique 5” by Jericho Brown for the Best American Poetry blog.

Rickey Laurentiis was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His manuscript, “One Country,” received an honorable mention in the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, judged by Claudia Rankine, and was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series. The recipient of fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a Work-Study Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, his poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, The Feminist Wire, Indiana Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. Currently, he is pursuing his MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St Louis, where he is a Chancellor’s fellow.

Jamaal May is a Cave Canem Fellow, Callaloo Fellow and graduate from Warren Wilson’s MFA for writers. He is the author of a poetry chapbook (The God Engine, Pudding House Press, 2009) and editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. His work appears in Callaloo, Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Sou’western, Blackbird and Verse Daily among other journals, magazines, and anthologies. He has appeared on radio and television, as well as in documentaries such as “A Poet in Every Classroom” and “Televising a Revolution,” jury prize winner at the Trinity Film Festival. May has received two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, two Pushcart Prize nominations, an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review, and he was a finalist for the 2010 and 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowships. Currently, he is the 2011-2013 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University where he runs a poetry slam, reads for the lit journal West Branch and tweaks his first full-length manuscript, which was a finalist for The National Poetry Series as well as the Levis Prize from Four Way Books.

John Murillo’s first poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher 2010), was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. A graduate of New York University’s MFA program in creative writing, his other honors include a 2011 Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the New York Times, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares, and is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry. His choreo-play, Trigger, was commissioned by Edgeworks Dance Theater and premiered in spring 2011. A founding member of the poetry collective, The Symphony, he has taught at Cornell University, New York University, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Miami.

Roger Reeves‘ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and the Indiana Review, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. Recently, he earned his MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing at the University of Texas. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at the University of Texas and an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2013.


Greene Girl features Lauren Smith and Alex Schechter, who sing twangy, sparse numbers that suggest a more harnessed version of the Dresden Dolls. The pair have just launched a fine new EP, Little Rooms” – Time Out New York, 2011

Brooklyn based songwriting duo Alex Schechter and Lauren Smith are part of the folk pop group, Greene Girl. They sing catchy, heartfelt, party-electronic songs that center on themes of love, Brooklyn and ghosts – though not necessarily in that order. They have played at many well known NYC venues, including The Living Room, Southpaw, Glasslands, The Mercury Lounge and were given a showcase at New York’s legendary music festival, CMJ.


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