The Inspired Word Presents LupUS is US: Inspiring Words of Survival...Living - an event not only to raise money for the Alliance For Lupus Research (http://www.lupusresearch.org/) but to raise awareness during Lupus Awareness Month.
Hosted by Nathan P., former slam poetry host at the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe and a Lupus survivor himself.
The night features HBO Def Poetry star Shanelle Gabriel, NYC Lupus activist/writer Tiffany Peterson, poet Rick Mullin, poet/singer Tai Allen, and singer Debbie Williams.
There will also be a 15-slot open mic, 5 minutes apiece, to share your inspiring words.
When: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Where: Bareburger (East Village)
85 Second Avenue (@ 5th Street), 2nd Floor
Manhattan, New York
By subway, take the F train to Second Avenue and exit the 2nd Avenue side or the 6 train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place.
Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 7pm.
Show starts @ 7:30pm.
Minimum Donation: $10 (though you're welcome to donate as much as you want)
100% of the proceeds donated to the Alliance For Lupus Reasearch.
Nathan P., diagnosed with Lupus in 2010 but experienced symptoms a decade earlier, is the host of The Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint as well as a legendary figure on the New York City spoken word poetry scene. He is a picture of style, grace and cool, and is known for his eye-catching suits, cufflinks, pocket-squares and fedoras. With a voice that resonates a luscious bass, the sound of his words are as captivating as the words themselves. His engaging talent and stage presence enabled him to become a Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist in his very first year on the circuit in 2000 and he ultimately became a host at the Nuyorican Poets Café for seven years. He has also been in two off-Broadway productions (“Be Beautiful” and “An Evolution in Reinvention”), produced two books of poetry (“Madness” and “The Colors of My Mind”), and appeared on numerous CD’s (most notably his solo project “Chalklines on Black Asphalt”).
Shanelle Gabriel, diagnosed with Lupus in 2004, is a poet, singer, and advocate for Lupus. She has toured nationally & internationally from Vancouver to Johannesburg. She's appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, on The Rachael Ray Show, on Fox News Street Talk, and has competed in both the National and Individual World Poetry Slam Competition. Her second album "Aim High," which blends Shanelle's poetry, soulful singing, with a splash of Hip-Hop, is set to be released in May.
Tiffany Peterson is a writer/poet and Lupus ePatient advocate sharing her experiences living with Lupus at TiffanyAndLupus. She is the founder/community manager of Friends Against Lupus (an informative community of lupus patients, caregivers, and supporters) and has been an ambassador for the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation for about two years (and currently Chair of their Awareness Committee). She's been a writer for The Lupus Magazine, among other places, and has been featured in The Lupus Foundation of America's quarterly magazine Lupus Now, on Vibe.com, and by the Cavata Clothing Company. She's won the Top Health Blogger Award (from Wellsphere in the Lupus community), Best Reflection Award (from Wego Health), and Top Fundraising Award (from The Lupus Foundation of America in 2010 and 2011). You can follow her on Twitter @TiffanyAndLupus.
Debbie Williams, who has a dear friend afflicted with Lupus and has particapted in Lupus fundraisers and walks in the past, is a singer/songwriter who has traveled the world performing, recently playing the role of Summer in the film How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song?, which won "Film of the Festival" at Raindance and several other awards across the film festival circuit. Empire Magazine described Debbie's work in the film as "vivacious" and claims that " Schermann's quest for perfection would fall flat without the beauty and soaring voice of Debbie Williams, who is destined for the top on the basis of this thrilling performance." She is currently working on releasing her next single, as well as an EP leading up to a CD release.
Tai Allen, whose sister has Lupus, is a poet, singer, musician, designer and multi-talented artist. His influences range from Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin to Norman Connor and Gil Scot-Heron to the Beatles and Post-Modernism. His writing and essays have appeared in Bomb Magazine, Uptown Magazine Online, the NYC Underground (France) and the Daily Challenge. Tai's chapbook, Easy Readin, and companion CD, For Easy Readin, have been featured on BET/CentricTV, Soultracks and Nu-Soul Magazine. He is the National Poetry Awards 2010 Winner for best album and was a nominee for best single. He is also shares a partnership with Jonn Nubian on an interactive/music production company called Vicelounge.
Rick Mullin is an accomplished poet whose sister-in-law died of Lupus. His poetry has appeared in journals including Measure, American Arts Quarterly, Ep;phany, Envoi, and The Flea. His epic poem, Soutine, was published earlier this year by Dos Madres Press, Loveland, Ohio. His book-length poem, Huncke, was published in 2010 by Seven Towers, Dublin. His chapbook, Aquinas Flinched, was published in 2008 by the Modern Metrics imprint of Exot Books, New York City. Another chapbook, The Stones Jones Canzones, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.