Monday, March 4, 2013

Writer Wednesdays makes some noise!

Hot of the presses, Nancy Bianconi of the NoHo Arts District.com zine was super generous to add our event in our pages. Not only does she mention the event, but she does a full-on interview highlighting the rare beauty of a Beatnik experience...and that's exactly what we are trying to bring to NoHo!

Read the full article here: http://nohoartsdistrict.com/index.php/north-hollywood-news/item/1671-the-spirit-of-the-beats-and-the-beatnik#.UTV4QzBOSSq

Excerpts from the article (Interview with Jessica Wilson, hostess of Writer Wednesdays)



Give us a little history about Spoken Word
Jessica:  Not too sure how to answer this. The spoken word was often shared in close proximity, where your shoulders could easily touch the person's next to you, and you listen around a fire to hear a story. Oration was an art, a way to share wisdom with those who were not formally taught, a way to inspire and admire. I am a Beatnik girl, all the way, and believe our words are proclamations of the soul, and the beat of the Congas, or rhythm, the communal heartbeat sustaining us.
How did you get started doing Spoken Word?
Jessica:  I was inspired at an early age, by the work of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. Beat all the way! I'd write in stream of consciousness form and read what came out. That's when I discovered the power that words have, and appreciated the rhythm of the lines that follow the stream.
If someone wants to perform in your series, what do they do?
Jessica:  We would love to meet all of you! Please come by and join us! All performers at the mic are welcome to read their work to the CongaPoet's percussion. It's an extremely unique experience that we are so fortunate to offer! Please RSVP and get on the mailing list for Writer Wednesdays by shouting out to  venicesoapboxpoets@gmail.com We prefer RSVPs in advance so we can set up the show in advance. All performers get a maximum of 6 minutes at the mic! All creative written work is accepted!


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