Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6–7 pm
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
Free. Register for the event here.
Poet Elisabet Velasquez will collaborate with poet and DJ Jive Poetic to throw a party that celebrates love, grief, and the written and spoken word. This event will feature interactive altars to honor the poets and ancestors who guide us from the other side. We offer this event as testament to our continued fight for justice and joy and as a ritual to honor all the love and struggle that makes us possible.
About the artists
Born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Elisabet Velasquez is a Boricua writer. Her work has been featured in Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Latina, We Are Mitú, Tidal, and more. Her debut novel, When We Make It (2021), was named as a Indie Next selection and a New York Times book to watch for.
Jive Poetic is a Brooklyn-based writer, organizer, and educator. He received his BA in media studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his MFA in writing and activism from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Jive Poetic is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society and Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange and a co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. In 2017 he became the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He curates and hosts the Friday Night Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Café.
“Citizen Illegal is right on time, bringing both empathy and searing critique to the fore as a nation debates the very humanity of the people who built it.” ―Eve Ewing, author of Electric Arches
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