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NYC | April 27, 2014

Why do we love April so much? The days are longer, the weather is finally warm, and it’s National Poetry Month! We are honoring the occasion with readings by four amazing poets. On April 27, Terence Degnan, Patricia Spears Jones, Kim Triedman, and Sweta Srivastava Vikram take the Sunday Salon stage. We are also lucky to have Vikas K. Menon as our musical guest for the evening. Come out and celebrate poetry with us! 7 PM at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Terence Degnan is a poet in Brooklyn. He sometimes edits books of poems for Sock Monkey Press. He released a solo spoken-word TerenceDegnanBookCover 211x300 NYC | April 27, 2014album with producer Kirk Salopek in 2006, and worked with DJ Triple B and his two brothers (also poets) Sean and Casey Degnan on a second poetry-based album in 2008. A second book of poems by Terence, entitled “Still Something Rattles,” will be released in 2014 by Sock Monkey Press. He currently hosts a storytelling series entitled “How to Build a Fire” at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn on every last Thursday of the month. He lives in Park Slope with his wife and daughter.

Patricia Spears Jones is author of three poetry collections, most recently Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press), four chapbooks, the most recent,  NYC | April 27, 2014Living in the Love Economy (Overpass Books) and two plays commissioned by Mabou Mines, both premiered in New York City. She is currently putting together her New and Selected, forthcoming from White Pine Press in 2015. Poems are widely anthologized including Mujeres a los remos/Women rowing: An Anthology of Contemporary US Women Poet; Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary of African-American Poetry and Best American Poetry: 2000. She is contributing editor to BOMB Magazine and has served as Mentor for Emerge, Surface, Be, The Poetry Project’s Fellowship Program. She has received grants from the NEA and NYFA and awards from The NY Community Trust and the Foundation of Contemporary Art.

Kim Triedman’s poems have been published widely here and abroad. She has two new poetry collections out this past year — Hadestown KimTriedmanCover 205x300 NYC | April 27, 2014(WordTech Communications) and Plum(b) (Main Street Rag Press), both finalists for national poetry book awards. Her first poetry collection–bathe in it or sleep–was named winner of the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition. This past year, Triedman also released her debut novel, The Other Room, which was one of four finalists for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She’s also the editor of Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Poetry and Art (Yileen Press), which benefited Partners in Health following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com) is an award-winning writer, Amazon bestselling author, novelist, poet, essayist, SwetaVikramBook 209x300 NYC | April 27, 2014columnist, and educator. Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between India, North Africa, and the United States. She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry, two collaborative collections of poetry, a novel, and a nonfiction book. She also has two upcoming book-length collections of poetry in 2015. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across nine countries in three continents. Sweta has won three Pushcart Prize nominations, Queens Council on the Arts Grant for BYOB Program, an International Poetry Award, Best of the Net Nomination, Nomination for Asian American Members’ Choice Awards & Independent Literary Awards, and writing fellowships. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives in New York City with her husband and teaches creative writing across the globe and gives talks on gender studies. You can follow her on Twitter (@ssvik) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta).

 

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Vikas portrait final2 300x225 NYC | April 27, 2014Vikas K. Menon is a poet, playwright and songwriter. His poems have been featured in Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry andThe HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. His plays have received readings at or been produced by Ruffled Feathers Theater Company, Ingenue theater and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He was a Keynote Speaker at Canto Mundo 2011 and is a board member of Kundiman, the first organization of its kind dedicated to supporting Asian-American poetry.

 

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A Reading in New York

By Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, Managing Editor of The Accra Daily Mail, Ghana

This article first appeared in The Accra Daily Mail

The arts, it is said, enhance what science makes possible. Those societies that have found the right mix between science and the arts also somehow manage to get the development equation right. It certainly sounds like a cliché but any society that is made up of only science breeds automatons and when only the arts dominate, romantics take over… It’s almost like Kwegir Aggrey’s axiom of the black and white keys of the piano: Both are needed to create harmony.

Two editions ago of The Accra Mail I reported on Vice President John Mahama’s literary pursuits and his book-in-progress, “My first Coup d’etat”. For me it was most propitious, for if a Ghanaian politician at that level would find the time to write, then perhaps we are beginning to witness the birth of the “philosopher kings” which not only Ghana but other African nations need to break out of the cycle of poverty, ignorance, disease and underdevelopment.

There are other Ghanaians of course engaged in similar pursuits – a new corps of young people, who are making serious writing their business and encouragingly some of the most promising ones are young women. There is Farida Bedwei with her “Definition Of A Miracle”, Alba Kunadu Sumprim with “The Imported Ghanaian”, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond with “Powder Necklace”, Ayesha Harruna Attah with her “Harmattan Rain”.

These are young women with the abilities and capabilities to pursue other disciplines but chose to take the literary path. Farida’s case is particularly poignant. Disabled by a neurological ailment since childhood, she pursued a course in computer programming and has become a competent expert in the field. Defying all odds of her disability she’s been able to take up writing in addition to her “normal” day’s job.

Nana Ekua is a cum laude graduate of Vassar College in the US who has written for Bluefly, AOL, Parenting Magazine, the Village Voice, Metro and Trace Magazine. Powder Necklace is her debut novel and is loosely autobiographical. Other writings include “Bush Girl”, “The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Board as as Assistant”.

Ayesha majored in Biochemistry at Mount Holyoke College, also in the US. She spurned the medical field in favour of a journalism programme at Columbia where she earned her MSc. It was after this that she worked on Harmattan Rain which was short-listed last year for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best First Book, African Region. She has just graduated with a second Masters Degree from New York University.

In New York last Sunday, Ekua and Ayesha joined Jess Row, a young American writer once named as a “Best Young American Novelist” and Cynthia Morrison Phoel another American writer to read extracts from their works: Two Ghanaian young writers rubbing shoulders with their US contemporaries in this very crowded and difficult field. It was not their first public reading and certainly not the last. It is one of the platforms they use to showcase their works and make sales – when possible. Both Ekua and Ayesha have spoken of the immense difficulties faced – from idea conception to distribution and sales – but with determination, not resignation. They held their own against their American colleagues exhibiting the kind of confidence needed to persevere to take over from the Achebes, Ayikwei Armahs, Ngugis and the other African literary giants who are now in the twilight of their years.

Even though over the years different Ghanaian governments have published cultural policies to advance the country’s arts, none has been able to go beyond the politics of it and give it meaning. For the likes of Farida, Alba, Ekua and Ayesha to contribute in enhancing life, they need the support at home to fully actualize their creative potentials…


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