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The Inspired Word series presents the debut of its monthly All-Star Showcase @ COFFEED LIC - a celebration of Queens performing artists!
Featuring dynamic singer/songwriters Samantha Leon, and Shako Khiski, poets Audrey Dimola, Daniel Dissinger and Valerie G. Keane, and comedian Jonesy. Hosted by poet Megan Dibello.
37-18 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NYC
Phone: (718) 606-1299
Doors open @ 7pm
Show starts @ 7:30pm
Cover charge: $10 + 1 item minimum for general admission
Infinitely curious and hell-bent on painting her world in the brightest colors possible, Audrey Dimola is a born and raised Queens writer/poet/curator, cross-genre collaborator, and ever-intrepid literary explorer. She is the author of "Decisions We Make While We Dream," a poetry and prose collection spanning 2000 to 2012, guerrilla sticker poet of the Compass Project, and founder of reading/live writing series Nature of the Muse. A crusader for Queens culture since her college years, Audrey's local efforts include organizing the first ever Queens Literary Town Hall at Queens Council on the Arts, bringing together the brightest literary lights in her home borough, as well as hosting and curating the nearly 5-hour "MEANWHILE, BACK IN QUEENS…" local program of the Queens Poet Laureate's ETERNiDAY festival at Queens Museum. She devotes her life to the power of artistic expression, aiming always to stay wild and stay grateful. She's a host for The Inspired Word'sWednesday night open mic in Long Island City, Queens. Check out Audrey's website @ http://audreydimola.com/.
Jonesy is a standup comedian and actor living in Queens. His tv credits include Letterman Show, Law and Order, Nurse Jackie, MTV, Nickelodeon, and in the upcoming TV series Gotham. His comedic style is a blend of cultural criticisms and anecdotal personal failures. Despite being only 130 pounds, he also has a wickedly strong throwing arm.
Samantha Leon is Soul/Folk/R&B singer/songwriter based in Queens. Amos Lee, Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, TLC, Mariah Carey, Salt N Pepa are all in her musical vocabulary, producing one of the most unique sounds you'll ever hear. She and her band release its debut EP at the end of 2014. Check out her website @ http://www.samanthaleonmusic.com/.
Valerie G. Keane is very honored to be part of the current Queens literary scene. Her work was recently published in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the Newtown Literary Journal and she is the founder of Poetry & Coffee, a juicy discussion group in Queens for writers and readers, where people are waking up to great poetry and to life. When asked if she is a poet, Valerie says, “I still don’t know how you qualify as one and no one seems to know where the application form is."
Shako Khiski is a 19-year-old rising talent on the New York City music scene. He was born in Almata, Kazachstan, raised in Moscow, Russia, and has lived in The Big Apple since 2004. Influenced by such artists as Stevie wonder, George Benson, John Mayer, and Sting, Shako started playing guitar at 14, writing music at 16, and has won various talent competitions. His soulful mashups, in particular, are totally original and completely wow audiences. His music can be found @ https://soundcloud.com/shako-khiski.
Daniel Dissinger is the co-founder of Poetry Teachers NYC, an adjunct professor at various New York universities, and a Doctoral candidate at Saint John's University. Daniel is the creator of Remix Poetix, an improvised reading performance, which he first performed in Boulder, CO while completing his MFA at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He has performed at the Cornelia Street Cafe, DUMBO Arts Festival, and NYC Poetry Festival, among other places.
Megan DiBello founded Poetry Teachers NYC in 2010. She holds a M.F.A from Naropa University, in Writing & Poetics and a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College. She has been published in Fact-Similie, Flanour Foundry, The Bathroom, & Monkey Puzzle Press. Megan has performed at the White Box Gallery, The Bowery Poetry Club, The HOWL Festival, The Socrates Sculpture Park, The Center of Book Arts, Metropolitan Pavilion, Columbia University, and the DUMBO Arts Festival. Her first hybrid book is entitled, Voyeur Without A Title. You can find Megan/PTNYC on Twitter @poetryteachnyc and @megandibello. And PTNYC's website is http://www.poetryteachersnyc.com/.
By subway, take the R or M to 36th Street in Queens, N or Q to 39th Avenue.
COFFEED is a beautiful company. It roasts its own coffee, loves its locals, and strives to be Eco-friendly, as well as giving 10% of its beverage sales and 5% of its food sales to local charities. Its mission is akin to The Inspired Word's - CONNECTING, COLLABORATING, BUILDING COMMUNITY.
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Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
Founded and produced by longtime New York City journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word is one of the hottest open mic/performance events in the country, happening every week in downtown Manhattan and having featured some of the finest original performers in the country. Past features include Golden Globe award-winning actress Jill Eikenberry, Emmy/Golden Globe nominated Amber Tamblyn, film/TV actor/comedian Taylor Negron, actor/comedian/TV personality John Fugelsang, Grammy nominated singer Carolyn Malachi, American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson, and HBO Def Poetry stars Shihan, Suheir Hammad, Lemon Andersen, Regie Cabico, Gemineye, and Beau Sia. For more info, please visit: