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Paris Lit Up n°4 — Call for Submissions

Posted on 9 May 2016 in News | 0 comments

Accepting submissions from 01 March to 31 May 2016 Transgressive voices crossing national borders and breaking traditional lines, mestizo origins and citizens of the world narrating unique experiences: Paris Lit Up n°4 is looking for transcultural expressions that move in the margins and push beyond static identities. We want to see a moveable feast; the complex alterity that is the City of Light. Show us how Paris is at once here and elsewhere, give us the local with the global, and contribute to the mosaic of this new, transnational society. The fourth issue of our flagship publication is accepting submissions exclusively through our new, improved database, found at We consider a broad range of materials: poetry, prose, translations, interviews, art, photography, comics and cartoons from both established and emerging artists. There are no particular rules or limits, nor required themes or styles:...

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Use poetry as a way of giving a shit: A workshop with Dominic Stevenson

Posted on 7 Apr 2016 in News, Workshop | 0 comments

By Edward Bell.  By the Theatre of Odeon is Berkeley Books, a fine second-hand bookshop that cradles every Saturday the Paris Lit Up weekly workshop, featuring our special guest from Thursday night. This greying Saturday, PLU had the pleasure of receiving Dominic Stevenson, a storyteller and charity worker who had come over from London to teach us with his words and enchant us with his teaching. He had planned for our sesquipedalian delectation a series of exercises that were intended to make us “think about words and how we react to the world”. I had come along to the workshop to write, and the following exercises were very useful; it was an exploration into how to break down a scenario when on fieldwork and then how to dissect later back at the desk. We are looking to create something...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dominic Stevenson

Posted on 5 Apr 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

A bit like – but mostly not at all like –  Noah’s ark, Culture Rapide played vessel to a menagerie of beasts on Thursday, March 31, for our weekly Paris Lit Up open mic night! Dominic Stevenson traveled the stormy seas of La Manche to read for us as our Featured Reader and participant in the PLU Mini Writing Residency. Elisa was in town to baptize the evening with songs from her album “Men I Want to Sleep With”, including her now-famous ode to One Direction. Moe had some Moe Poems and memories of Agadir, René only went and built a time machine, but had his Wikipedia entry all wrong. Alison read a beautiful piece about the decay of beauty (Baudelaire was smiling down – or up -) and Leonora found herself on a carrousel that kept on spinning. The very...

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PLU Grand Tourists – Italy 2016

Posted on 29 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Writers, musicians and artists from Paris will descend upon five Italian cities for readings, performances and festivities in collaboration with local associations at the forefront of contemporary culture. Building a new Europe of creativity and imagination from the bottom up, we invite you to join us to celebrate life, art… and excellent wine! For the complete program, see here:   Edward Bell had a lustrum of Latin and French studies at the University of Oxford that left him with strongly European values. But instead of consecrating his time to the public forum, he looks for the innate and private beauty of this world, pouring over ancient texts of arcane knowledge in the search of lost time. A pedagogue at heart, he loves sharing knowledge...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Andre K’por

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

Last Thursday at PLU was a night that just kept on giving and giving and… We sang, read, played and freestyled out the night until 2! Our special guest, Andre K’por kept us entertained with both amazing spoken word performances as well as song. But I’m getting ahead of myself… Round One began with René jamming on some French rock, followed by Alison‘s stark poem Tell me the truth. Melissa, our first virgin sacrifice of the evening, spoke of ads: Starlight. Maxx came along with spiritual guidance from Alister Crowley and Bibi took us back to her Origins. French folk legend Vic lead a sing along to a 1938 Calypso number and then forced Flavie to play the guitar too. Moe fiddled around with Soon its gonna rain for Bruxelles. Andre K’por did a ton of  great stuff, including...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Not Anyone

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

PLU Open Mic ran ramped last Thursday with a suspect collective Not Anyone refusing to show for their featured performance. Instead, they contacted performance artist Ryan Galer to bring in a bunch of Trash Poetry to litter the premises. Luckily, we still had many performers who did show up, despite – or possibly due to – Saint Patrick’s festivities. Round one included: René‘s pitch for a new movie, to be entitled Tattoo & Genitals, Janice – who gave Advice on politics for animals and Offers you can’t afford to miss – and Donall – translating the Irish Ullastrath – the day before the day before yesterday – both came all the way from Gilford to take seven PLU performers hostage for the PLU England Tour currently underway. Maxx wore a big green hat and read Thunderclouds & Sighs with a...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Lauren Elkin

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

A most memorable evening at Paris Lit Up Open Mic featuring our special guest, Lauren Elkin. We kicked off the ceremonies with slam champ Winona Linn rehearsing SOMUCHNOISE! and If I were a superhero (I’d be Awkward Girl) for her upcoming Canadian tour followed by Will Cox‘s For my angels and One month later. Sella then sang some dark blues with her magical keyboard, Tell me why… with a sneak preview of René‘s chapter 32: Fuck Frank from his upcoming novel. Marie covered Phosphorus and Nick celebrated Shakespeare‘s 400 years reading Sonnet 29. Our featured reader, Lauren Elkin, gave us a preview of her forthcoming book Flâneuse: Women Walk The City. Round 2 began with Alison embarrassing Missy and Pissing between cars holding hands, Missy responding with her song Monogamy is the Best. A new voice, Diana, shifted the focus to...

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Grand Tour Italy 2016

Posted on 5 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Join Paris Lit Up from April 13th-20th in Florence, Bologna, Venice, Padua, Trieste Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Ten writers, musicians and artists from Paris will descend upon five Italian cities for readings, performances and festivities in collaboration with local associations at the forefront of contemporary culture. Building a new Europe of creativity and imagination from the bottom up, we invite you to join us to celebrate life, art… and excellent wine! Wednesday, April 13th – Florence in collaboration with Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry La Polveriera Spazio Comune (Via Santa Reparata 12) 18.00-19.30 – Live Painting and Graffiti Aperitivo 19.30-20.30 – Open Mic & Jam Session 20.30-22.00 – Multimedia poetic performance featuring Paris Lit Up Thursday, April 14th – Bologna in collaboration with Collettivo Universitario Autonomo Aula...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dina Khan

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

A flattering evening at PLU as we presented Dina Khan’s new short documentary about… us! There were also some important announcements: the Call for Submissions for PLU n°4 has gone out, and we’ll also be going on a Grand Tour of Italy in April! As for our evening, we heard Yasser‘s French translation of a famous Spanish poet whose name I forgot to write down, Maher, a Syrian poet, lost his on stage virginity, reading Them, The heart of the universe and If I’d only known. Jub (pronounced YUP!) too shed his literary virginity reading City of Flowers, followed by Thomas and Amruta indecently exposing their Couple’s Confessions in public. Moe read some mo’ poems and Steve reluctantly read some more extracts from his upcoming novel Other lives for the desert. Then we watched a film about us! We’ll post...

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PLU Slam with Winona Linn

Posted on 16 Feb 2016 in PLU Slam Poetry | 0 comments

Another great slam night with Paris Lit Up! We started the night off with a solemn, moving poem by Maxx, about the friends he lost at the Bataclan this past fall. Although much too long for a traditional slam poem, the importance of his words far outweighed competition rules, which we ended up scrapping later on anyway! Time penalties? What time penalties? Next up was Cait, with a charming ukulele love song (we’re a permissive slam) followed by Flavie’s poem about falling asleep with the ‘flu. Jason gave us a sneak peek of a long, looping, longing poem complete with pedals and projections, that he will be performing in Italy on the PLU tour of this year. Steve’s lyrical words ached with loss. Putingrad mayor Ryan read his business cards, which gave 86 clear reasons why we should all hire...

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