Release Date: January 3, 2010
Contact: Crystal Hoffman 412-417-3683
TypewriterGirls Gone Biblical
NYC — On January 17th at 6:00 pm, The Bowery Poetry Club will host New York City’s first ever Poetry Cabaret! Never heard of one of those? Well, that’s because The TypewriterGirls haven’t made it from Pittsburgh, PA to New York City just yet. The TypewriterGirls’ Dada-bred performances are collage-work theatre formed from sketch comedy, poetry, music, whiskey games, collaborative writing, dancing, and a little magic. In New York’s first ever manifestation of The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret, the girls take the audience on a whirlwind adventure to “fix” the Bible featuring some all-stars of TypewriterGirls shows past: Straight Razor, a group of queer artists who came together to confront ideas of gender through performance, will be performing burlesque, drag pieces, as well as avant-garde puppetry; David Doyle, a veteran TypewriterGirl, in the guise of a well known biblical friend will perform miraculous feats of shock and awe; and the poets for the evening will be two of NYC’s finest and most unique poet performers: Huang Xiang, one of the greatest poets of 20th century China and a radical human rights activist and Patrick Rosal, an award winning poet and author of two full-length poetry collections, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive.
Come partake in an Exquisite Corpse on a typewriter turned “Bible-Editing Machine” and surrealist games which may win you either kisses or whiskey, watch and see if the TypewriterGirls succeed in their attempts to stop the Jews from declaring a king or keep Jesus from damning the fig tree, and dance along to gender-bending burlesque. You may just find yourself realizing why exactly the Comte de Lautréamont once declated “poetry must be made by all.”
More Info: www.typewritergirls.net
What: A poetry reading and performance by the avant-garde poetry cabaret troupe, The TypewriterGirls.
Who: The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret w/ poets Huang Xiang and Patrick Rosal, performance art troupe Straight Razor, magician David Doyle.
Where: The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery New York, NY 10012-2802
When: Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 pm
Cost: $7.00 required
Patrick Rosal is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive , which won the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award, and most recently My American Kundiman, winner of the Book Award in poetry from the Association of Asian American Studies. His chapbook Uncommon Denominators won the Palanquin Poetry Series Award from the University of South Carolina, Aiken. His poems and essays are forthcoming or have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Pindledyboz, Black Renaissance Noire, Brevity, Columbia , and the Beacon Best. His work has been honored by the annual Allen Ginsberg Awards, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Arts and Letters Prize, Best of the Net among others.
Huang Xiang is one of the greatest poets of 20th century China and a master calligrapher. Huang Xiang spent over twelve years in Chinese prisons and endured much suffering for writing his lyrical, free-spirited poetry and for his advocacy of human rights in China.Huang Xiang’s poetry and calligraphy is internationally recognized and he has performed for crowds numbering in the thousands. Fifteen of his books have been published in several languages. His latest book in English A Lifetime is a Promise to Keep: Poems of Huang Xiang, is available from Berkeley Press. Huang Xiang’s mission today is to use his art to build a bridge between East and West and to promote a universal humanity. Having completing a residency with the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, Huang Xiang and his wife, the writer, Zhang Ling, live in New York City.