Monthly Archives: June 2012

July 1st – Gonzo Open Mic & Stu Esty

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Music at the Poets’ Asylum, whut?! First the Asylum lets the patents take over – bring your strangest, weirdest, off-the-wall, wackiest poems for the open mic. Then Stu Esty, the musical king of Worcester & leader of the Roadkill Orchestra, will make that piano on the stage do work – with a music set. Dr. Gonzos Uncommon Condiments will be there with tasty samples & their world famous dry rub so you can stock up for your 4th of July cookout. Sure to be an amazing evening!

Doors at 6:30, show at 7p. Free and open to all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!

Tonight! Bake-off & iWPS Qualifier!

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Here’s your Quick Reminder Post – it’s time to bake some cupcakes!

 

Oh, Lord do we have a night planned. After our spectacular open mic (so excited!), and after we eat some yummy baked goods bake-sale style (bring your dollar bills for a cupcake of your choice!), we’ll be having another iWPS qualifier. The top two poets will have the opportunity to compete in September for a chance to represent the Poets’ Asylum at the International World Poetry Slam in Fayetteville, AK this October. Woot! Doors at 6:30, show at 7p. Free and open to all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!

New Duende Project Album Out: One Thing That Scares You

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The Duende Project has a new album out! 

1. Intro/Funk 101
2. Zodiac Mindwarp
3. The Piece We Call “Six”
4. Lighter
5. Poem Was A Man
6. DIY
7. Awake
8. Your Avatar
9. Trust the Current
10. The Fellowship of Christian Drunks
11. For Kurt Mowing the Lawn on the Other Side
12. Old Love

Preview and download it ($7!) at here.

June 24th – Cupcake Bakeoff Fundraiser & iWPS Qualifier

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Oh, Lord do we have a night planned. After our spectacular open mic (so excited!), and after we eat some yummy baked goods bake-sale style (bring your dollar bills for a cupcake of your choice!), we’ll be having another iWPS qualifier. The top two poets will have the opportunity to compete in September for a chance to represent the Poets’ Asylum at the International World Poetry Slam in Fayetteville, AK this October. Woot! Doors at 6:30, show at 7p. Free and open to all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!

Tonight – Erich Haygun!

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Quick Reminder Post for ya -

Erich Haygun is a writer, performer, facilitator and performance art rap spoken noise musician. He has performed in clubs, theaters, and abandoned zoo cages all over North America and represented Providence, RI, Boston, MA and Vancouver, BC at international poetry slam competitions. A volunteer outreach speaker for The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, as well as a freelance live audiovisual road dog for rock bands, theater productions and the losingest team in basketball history, The Washington Generals, Haygun has also realized several books and albums by way of The Whitehaus Family Record, a DIY performance venue, record label and hippie commune in his hometown, Boston, MA. He has no idea where he’ll be living by the time you read this. Doors at 6:30, show at 7p. Free, open to all. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!

Some, um, Shakespeare…

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From Animals Talking in All Caps:

June 17th – Erich Haygun

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Erich Haygun is a writer, performer, facilitator and performance art rap spoken noise musician. He has performed in clubs, theaters, and abandoned zoo cages all over North America and represented Providence, RI, Boston, MA and Vancouver, BC at international poetry slam competitions. A volunteer outreach speaker for The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, as well as a freelance live audiovisual road dog for rock bands, theater productions and the losingest team in basketball history, The Washington Generals, Haygun has also realized several books and albums by way of The Whitehaus Family Record, a DIY performance venue, record label and hippie commune in his hometown, Boston, MA. He has no idea where he’ll be living by the time you read this.  Doors at 6:30, show at 7p.  Free, open to all. Donations accepted.  Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester)  – can’t wait to see you there!

Tonight – Wedding Slam!

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Something blue?

Your Quick Reminder Post for the day:

Love. Twue love. We’ve got the fever, Ladies and Gentlemen, and in honor of the most popular wedding month, we’re going to throw a Wedding Slam consisting of four rounds. Bring a something old, something new, something borrowed (you’ll swap!) and something blue – whatever that means to you. There have been rumors of a wedding cake making an appearance…we’ll see. These shenanigans will be preceded by an open mic. Doors at 6:30, show at 7p. Free and all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!

Awards

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Natasha Trethewey Named Poet Laureate from USA Today

Natasha Trethewey, 46, an English and creative writing professor at Emory University in Atlanta, will be named the 19th poet laureate Thursday. She is also Mississippi’s top poet and will be the first person to serve simultaneously as a state and U.S. laureate.

Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry book, Native Guard. She wrote of the Louisiana Native Guard, a black Civil War regiment assigned to guard white Confederate soldiers held on Ship Island off Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

The Confederate prisoners were later memorialized on the island, but not the black Union soldiers.

A stanza reads:

“Some names shall deck the page of history

“as it is written on stone. Some will not.”

Librarian of Congress James Billington, who chose Trethewey after hearing her read at the National Book Festival in Washington, said her work explores forgotten history and the many human tragedies of the Civil War.

“She’s taking us into history that was never written,” he told the Associated Press. “She takes the greatest human tragedy in American history — the Civil War, 650,000 people killed, the most destructive war of human life for a century — and she takes us inside without preaching.”

read the rest of the article here.

 

Poet Seamus Heaney Wins Griffin Prize for Lifetime Achievement
from the Globe & Mail

Poetry lovers will have to wait until Thursday night to learn who has won the $130,000 international and Canadian Griffin poetry prizes. At the sold out poetry readings at Koerner Hall in Toronto Wednesday night for the four international and three Canadian poets, the evening belonged to Seamus Heaney the winner of the 2012 Lifetime Recognition Award.

The crowd roared and responded with a long standing ovation when Griffin trustee Robin Robertson welcomed the 1995 Nobel Prize winning Irish poet to the stage. Referring to Mr. Heaney as “our greatest living poet, he described him as a man of “open-handed generosity” and “a craftsman” who had “never fallen out of love with words and what you can do with them.” Mr. Heaney who is the author of several volumes of poetry including Field Work, Sweeney Astray Electric Light, District and Circle and Human Chain, which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize last year, is also an essayist and translator.

Instituted in 2006, the lifetime achievement prize, which has no dollar value attached to it, is supposed to be awarded occasionally, but so far it has become an annual and much heralded event, honouring the work and achievements of internationally recognized poets, including Adrienne Rich of the United States (2010), Tomas Tranströmer of Sweden ( 2007 ) and Hans Magnus Enzensberger of Germany (2009).

Read the rest of the article here.