Thursday, May 24, 2012

Poetry at Five Myles Tonight


Lots going on tonight, including this event at Five Myles Gallery in partnership with the Haiti Cultural Exchange:


Melissa Beauvery is a spoken word artist, writer and cultural activist currently living in Philadelphia, PA. Her work is heavily influenced by traditional Haitian spirituality, storytelling and songs. Melissa writes in English and Haitian Creole. Though a born Brooklynite, her strong interest in Haitian culture was a result of constant trips to Haiti throughout her adolescence. Her work is also reflective of the journey of the Haitian diaspora in America and elsewhere. Her poems have been published in a Haitian writers anthology titled Voices of the Sun (2009) and in a powerful reactive chap book “For the crowns on your head” (2010) released shortly after the 2010 earthquake. Her most recent project, “My Grandmother’s Tongue” was released this year. This is her first spoken word album.
The poems on “My Grandmother’s Tongue” tell stories in both English and Haitian Creole. Using stories and the styles of spoken word, Beauvery illustrates different circumstances in America and Haiti. The CD is also animated by various instruments ranging from Haitian drums to an accordion.
Join Haiti Cultural Exchange for discussion about her present and past writings and personal inspiration. Then, stick around for a special performance with Melissa including special guest performances by Obed Jean Louis, Reginald Jacques, Val Jeanty, and Buyu Ambroise!
DATE / TIME: Thursday, May 24th, 2012/ 6-8pm. Refreshments will be served.
LOCATION: Five Myles Gallery, 558 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, New York Google MapTake the  2, 3, 4 or 5 to Franklin St or the S to Botanical Garden.
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, please RSVP to regine@haiticulturalx.org

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