Monday May 6th! RACHEL McKIBBENS RACHEL McKIBBENS!!! Oh My!!! Plus Iron Poet Interim Championship

rachelmckibbens2POETRY FEATURE: Poet, activist, playwright and essayist RACHEL McKIBBENS is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009.) Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the rachelmckibbens2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental illness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse. Her poems, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction have been featured in numerous journals and blogs, including Her Kind, The Los Angeles Review, The Best American Poetry Blog, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The London Magazine, The Acentos Review, World Literature Today, Radius and The American Poetry Journal. www.rachelmckibbens.com

ironpoetapronBONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET INTERIM CHAMPIONSHIP “MORRILL vs. ZAJON!” We expect a big night Monday, let’s make it even bigger by slapping a championship matchup to the mix! Current interim and past champion JACKIE MORRILL took the title from BOBBY GIBBS at our first upstairs friday show! Come watch her defend as we await the trophy and JENN MAHON to return from Texas! Standing in Jackie’s way for a shot a return to championship glory is plucky upstart NICOLE ZAJON! Three rounds of original poetic concoctions! Three judges scoring one to ten on three criteria, plus one secret ingredient provided by our heralded chairman YOSH SHARTIN!

Super fun show this past friday with HARLYM 125 and NIKI DSCN1958LUPARELLI thanks to those who came out! Working on even bigger shows this summer! Hpoing you all come through! Hoping DUCT TAPE ORCHESTRA keeps keeping on! Hope YOSH & CHICKEN never tire of us! Hope you get at EMILEE MORREALE snacktimequeen@gmail.com is you want to bring snacks to the DG. Hope Nick finds a tee shirt that fits! Hope springs eternal or something!

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