New York, NY, October 23, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Monday, October 24, 2011, Poets Sarah Bedell & Roxanne Hoffman return to Nightingale Lounge in NYC's East Village to read for Su Polo's Saturn Series, a long running poetry open mic -- running for 18 years, in fact. The reading will be a reunion for Ms. Bedell and Ms. Hoffman who first met at one of the weekly sessions of the late Arthur Bitterman's Riverside Poets Workshop at the Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library during the summer of 2003. Ms. Hoffman continued to attend the workshop for about two years till she had to stop her participation due to conflicts with her work schedule. She still occasionally appears at the monthly Saturday reading the the library and some of her poems were published in the early editions of the workshop's annual chapbook. After the death of Arthur Bitterman, the original workshop leader, Ms. Bedell took over the helm of the workshop with another workshop member, Anthony Moscini. The free workshop continues to meet every Thursday evening at the Riverside Branch of the NYPL and Ms. Bedell continues to edit the groups annual chapbook
Encouraged by her colleagues at the workshop, Ms. Hoffman started to devote more and more of her time and energy to poetry: she's hosted and continues to host poetry open mics and literary events, and in 2006 she started Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press, publishing mostly poetry chapbooks. Her poems have been widely published and some of her vampire poetry was featured in the 2005 indie flick "Love and the Vampire," directed and produced by Dave Gold.
The Saturn Series was a popular spot for the workshop poets to come and share their work. Su Polo's former co-host David Elsasser was active member of the workshop for many years.
The Monday poetry readings at Nightingale runs from 7 PM to 9 PM. Open mic sign up starts at 6:30 PM. Nightingale Lounge is located at 213 Second Ave. New York, NY 10003. (NW Corner E. 13th St & 2nd Ave.) Phone: 212.473.9398.
Directions: By subway take 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square/14th St. or L to 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. NJ PATH to 14th Street and head west.
Admission: 2 Drink/$10 Minimum. A $3 Suggested Donation is collected by Host Su Polo to help pay the features. Admission is restricted to those 21 and over.
About the Featured Poets:
Sarah Bedell is a poet who has been a New Yorker since college. By day she works in a law firm, and in the evening she teaches English as a Second Language and leads The Riverside Poets Workshop with Anthony Moscini. Her poems have appeared in the annual anthology of The Riverside Poets Workshop, including Volume 13 which was published this fall.
Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her work appears in several anthologies including "The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates" (Soft Skull Press), "Love After 70" (Wising Up Press), and "It All Changed in a Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure" (Harper Perennial). She runs the small independent literary press, Poets Wear Prada, since 2006.
About the Host:
Su Polo is a multi-talented artist. A native New Yorker, her songs and stories convey unusual insights and surprises found in life's everyday events and encounters. She is a singer/songwriter with guitar and dulcimer, Jazz vocalist, photographer, painter and sculptor, set designer, computer graphic artist specializing in print production. Her book, "Turning Stones," a collection of poems and stories is available at St. Marks Books.
She is the founder and host of the Saturn Series poetry reading in it’s 18th year every Monday night at Nightingale Lounge. She hosts the Artists' Lounge Music Showcase & Open Mic, also at Nightingale Lounge. Su is the set designer for the last 6 years of the New Years Day Poetry Extravaganza held at the Bowery Poetry Club. You can find her on Facebook and Myspace.
Su is currently working on her second book and her one woman show.