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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gully Lovely: Spoken Work Poetry Extravaganza - Aug 22 & 23

"GULLY LOVELY", the spoken word poetry extravaganza coming to the Cipriani Labor College’s CLR James Auditorium is a fantastic exploration of personal history, cricket, New York, Trinidad and Puerto Rico coming from the minds of two of the most exciting voices in the United States performance scene.

Trinidad & Tobago's own Roger Bonair-Agard, author of Tarnish and Masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books, 2009) and the critically acclaimed one-man show MASQUERADE: Calypso and Home, which played in the Little Carib Theatre in 2006, and Def Poetry alumnus is joined by Willie Perdomo, a Harlem native of Puerto Rican descent and author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (Norton, 1999) and Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax Press, 2003).

The poems of Bonair-Agard and Perdomoconcern themselves with blackness, post-colonial struggle, sport, love and the negotiation of their own manhoods. It is a powerful, engaging, funny and joyous celebration of what it is to be men of color in a completely new and often unforgiving world. It is not to be missed.

The show will also feature rising and phenomenal local poet Muhammad Muwakil, with guest appearances by jazz band Élan Parlé and rapso group 3Canal.

Two performances are carded for Saturday 22nd August starting at 7:00pm and Sunday 23rd August starting at 6:00pm

Tickets cost $150.00, and are available at the Box Office of the Cipriani Labour College Auditorium and the Queen's Royal College office, or call Larry at 486-0591.

ROGER BONAIR-AGARD is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Queen's Royal College Old Boy, Hunter College alumnus and a Cave Canem fellow. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Tarnish and Masquerade (Cypher Books 2006) and GULLY (Cypher Books 2009). He is co-author of a third collection, Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press 2000).

A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Roger is also co-founder and Artistic Director of the LouderARTS Project. He is poet-in-residence with VisionIntoArt, an inter-disciplinary performance ensemble, for whom his work is regularly commissioned. He is also writer and performer of the critically acclaimed one-man show MASQUERADE: calypso and home, produced by Terranova Collective.

Roger's work is widely anthologized and he has performed in festivals and Universities throughout the world, including the Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival (New Jersey), Bumbershoot Music Festival (Seattle, WA), Calabash Literary Festival (Jamaica, W.I.), Urban Voices Festival (South Africa), University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), Cape Town University (South Africa), University of Alaska (Anchorage, AK), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) to name a few; and festivals in Germany and Switzerland as well. He has taught with the teen poetry organization Urban Word NYC since 1999. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

SOURCE: Borders Media

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