For more than a century, the East Village has been home to poets, jazz musicians, Vaudeville and Yiddish theatre, artists represented by blue chip galleries and those painting in the subways, rock stars, and performance artists. Building on this tradition and inspired by long time East Village resident Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem, the HOWL! Festival was founded in 2003. The mission of HOWL! Festival is to honor, develop, create and produce. With an estimated 100,000 visitors last year, the many performances celebrate local cultural icons and lionize, preserve, and advance the art, history, culture, and counterculture unique to the East Village and Lower East Side.
JKS Alumns Sam Jablon and Megan Dibello are curating the “Soap Box Poets” in Tompkins Square Park, on Saturday June 1st (12 noon to 5 pm). Soap Box Poets will feature 6 poets per hour, to read for an hour, in different places all over the park. Poets will read old school style, standing on a soap box. You can move the soap box and read wherever and to whom ever you like.
Poets can read as short as 6 minutes, or hang out for the entire day. Up to you. We need a lot of poets…ideally 50.
Here’s what I would need from each poet:
1. A brief bio.
2. An author photo emailed to Samuel@samueljablon.com 300 dpi as a jpeg attachment
With photographer name to credit and permission to use for promotion purposes.
3. Poet’s email and phone
4. Availability. (12-1 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-5)