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PLU Live Telethon via Periscope

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

UPDATE: We did it! Thank you to everyone who made our Kickstarter campaign a success and to everyone who came out for our Telethon, both in Paris and around the world! Join Paris Lit Up this Thursday, September 29th from anywhere in the world for the live Periscope broadcast of PLU’s first ever Telethon! Our last night of fundraising via Kickstarter will kick off at 20h30 Paris time as we welcome writers, poets, musicians and artists to strut their stuff on stage, as well as our special guest and Verso author, Joshua Clover. We’ll also be screening Sean Simerly’s documentary on the Paris lit scene, Allumé. Join us and help us raise money for non-profit, grassroots art and...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rhiannon McGavin

Posted on 10 Sep 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was an intense experience last Thursday September 8th with featured poet Rhiannon McGavin. Mo opened round one with a poem about ‘making jazz to  you’, about finding strokes, about getting on, off, etc. James and Jonathan performed a duet to James’ song about gardens older than me and grandma’s begonias that he plants for free. Katie did a smacking cover of 99 luftballons to which the host may or may not have sung along. Simon read two poems, one about an afternoon in the library and silence being the ocean and seeing light in drops of black, the other about a picture taken at 6:30pm. The poem was missing a line and he asked for anyone to find it for him, but the audience failed to follow through and it is probably still missing that line. Lara posed as an alien civilization contacting earth after receiving their mixtape, or the Voyager golden record. Who knew that extraterrestrial civilizations could be Bonnie Tyler fans? Ferdinand told a story about a horrible car-pooling experience in an overpopulated car with French travelers going to get weed in Amsterdam. Featured poet Rhiannon read poems in both French and English, reciting a thoroughly moving piece about dust simpering through dawn, tripping over sonnets and the ghosts...

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Kickstart la rentrée!

Posted on 3 Sep 2016 in News | 0 comments

The city of Paris is synonymous with creativity.Paris breeds creativity, Paris inspires creativity. Yet Paris does not come easy. A bustling and rugged metropolis, it fights illusions, and forces discovery, just as it did for Joyce, Hughes, Hemingway, Nin and countless other foreign writers and artists. For over 4 years, the non-profit association Paris Lit Up has hosted free Open Mic nights every Thursday, published five books, has thrown some really great parties with our multicultural, transnational community of writers, artist, musicians and activists and even toured extensively through Europe. We’ve...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rachel Bell

Posted on 29 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Fresh back for the réntrée, PLU hosted lost o’ peoples. Round One included: René speaking to his 13-year-old self: don’t stop breakdancing, Steve’s Other Lives, Sonya’s 250 word sentence, Thomas was Red with Angry Animals, Moe said We Want Everything and was Tired of Being Poor, Karen fell in love with The Lady in Black, Simon had a bunch of really short Draft Poems and our feature, Rachel Bell, did this: Round Two included: Gino’s Dark Guitar Rock Poetry,...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Helen Cusack O’Keeffe & Stephanie Papa, aka The Editors

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Here come the girls! Come and meet some of the members of our team on Thursday August 18, as we welcome PLU Editors poet Stephanie Papa and creative chameleon/writer Helen Cusack O’Keeffe to the stage! Signup for the regular open mic starts at 8, we’ll hit the deck running with host Eddy B from 8.30/45…   Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living Paris, France. She has an MFA degree in Poetry from the Pan European program. She is poetry...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Lara Touitou

Posted on 14 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic was a quirky-dark funny mélange last Thursday featuring the inimitable prose and forceful ukulele strummings of Lara Touitou. Emily opened round one with a poem by Maggie Smith (the poet, not the actress) about the many ways she shortened her already short life, about the world having as many strangers who will break you than otherwise and many other things she hid from her kids. Gene followed, singing his song “Party Girl” about his youth, asking why...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Reginald Barris

Posted on 13 Aug 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

  Small but mighty we were on Thursday night, with the volume of a thousand times our number, led by the bold and cavalier comedian Reginald Barris. Despite your host’s best efforts at democracy, Fate willed it that René open the evening again with his very own “your coffee’s getting cold” on the gee-tar. Flavie followed, also taking up the strings, and weaving between the bars. VIRGIN and awesomely-named Loch Martini brought up some standup about moving from Paris...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Pierre Paco

Posted on 6 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic probed into the collective psyche last Thursday under the expert guidance of Pierre Paco. Sam opened the evening assuring everyone that he had once been like us, i.e. a loser, before telling how he became friends with Scott Campbell, renowned paper airplane thrower, thanks to a special Pokémon card. Mo described an awkward date with someone who never danced to James Brown, whose cuticles chewed to the bone discredited her as a vegan. Aditya took the stage...

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PLU Open Mic featuring The Other Black Girl Collective & Danez Smith

Posted on 20 Jul 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU’s open mic on July 21 rocked its socks off, thanks to our buzzing brilliant crowd and finger-clicking good featured performers The Other Black Girl Collective and Danez Smith! As tradition has recently had it, your host asked/demanded that PLU Secretary General Ed be the first sacrifice to the stage. Virgin Kemi was an absolute pro with her jazz-inspired poetry, James was the first of many a musician to our stage that night, followed by the smallest guitar your host has...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dr. Monique Wells

Posted on 10 Jul 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

(ERK) It’s impossible not to think of Nice when it comes to doing the write up for July 14. While we watched Paris’ sky break into multi-colored lights, Nice la Belle was being driven into darkness. I wish English had a better word than “sorry”. If you have a language that says it better, let me know.    PLU Open Mic July 14 René aka “Smarty Author Jerkface” had a serious case of STN (sexually transmitted narcissism), Ed hit the waves of...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Break a Leg

Posted on 27 Jun 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

What fun, what laughs, what joy was had last Thursday, as we hosted readers, singers, musicians and, of course, our featured performers Break a Leg! Emily and René did some stage stealing/warming before inviting the talented troupe onstage for their three sketches. Henri and Carey started by trying to reignite the old flames despite distractions… Then – quick, get the kids out – we learned how internet dating can go horribly wrong with Damian and Julie…yikes… and (how crushingly...

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PLU Open Mic featuring James Jewell

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

  PLU Open Mic got more than its share of music and excitement on June 23, featuring the transporting sounds of James Jewell on guitar/harmonica/foot tapping. Round one started with Gene, the self-described ‘son of a survivor’, who sang a song about the jewish traditions, touching on daven and tefillin, rolling off the rockin’ chorus ‘I sit, shower and shave’ If you’re interested in singing it yourself, the chords were C – F – G – Am – F...

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