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PLU Open Mic featuring Clarissa McNair

Posted on 21 Feb 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Swindlers, cheaters, con artists and general miscreants, beware… Our featured reader on March 1 is none other than private detective and author Clarissa – Cici – McNair! Sign up opens at 8, have your statements/witness testimonies/ears to the keyhole for 8.45pm. ABOUT THE FEATURE Cici McNair is a novelist, true-crime writer, and private detective. She has worked undercover with the FBI, the Joint Terrorist Task Force and OCID which is the Organized Crime Intelligence Division of the NYPD. While living in Philadelphia, she was a court-appointed private detective handling capital/death penalty cases. Cici is presently writing a novel in Paris and is involved in several projects in New York City....

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2018

Posted on 19 Feb 2018 in Featured, Magazine, News, PLU Open Mic |

Paris Lit Up is going on its annual tour around England to showcase the latest PLU5 magazine and discover some of our neighbour’s exciting creative communities. Come and buy a copy, perform with us on stage, or simply catch up over a drink! See the photo below for dates and venues, and contact us if you’d like to join in (limited spaces at some gigs). Get your own copy of PLU5...

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PLU Open Mic featuring John David Ragan

Posted on 14 Feb 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Come along tomorrow night for a second night in a row for more music, mpoetry, mprose and madness! We welcome John David Ragan as the featured Union artist and remind you that sign-up begins at 20h. And leave your issues at home: this is a night for coming together and respecting each other, for nothing else! JD has been singing and playing guitar since he was 16 years old. He has traveled and studied in 50 countries, hitchhiking, riding motorcycles and bicycles and paying for much of it with work in the building trades in Alaska, in commercial fishing, and in the restaurant industry. He has a Masters in French from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, a PhD from NYU in European history, and he has studied Spanish in Latin America and Spain, German for a year in...

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PLU open mic featuring Michelle Kuo

Posted on 14 Feb 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Join us on February 22 for the weekly PLU open mic with our fabulous Featured Reader Michelle Kuo! Michelle Kuo is the author of Reading with Patrick, a memoir of race, inequality, and the power of literature in the rural South. She was a lawyer for undocumented immigrants in Oakland and a volunteer teacher at San Quentin Prison. Currently Michelle teaches law and society at the American University of Paris. She is from Kalamazoo, Michigan and the daughter of immigrants from...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Marc Nair

Posted on 26 Jan 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Join us February 8 for a glorious night of poetry with Marc Nair! Marc Nair has been, at various points in his life, a teacher, photographer, scriptwriter, voice-over talent, performance poet and cat slave. When he has time he writes poetry. When he has even more time he travels. Having been to over forty countries, he hopes to perform poetry as often as he has a good whiskey in the bars of distant...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Richard Earls

Posted on 6 Jan 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Richard Earls headlines PLU open mic on January 18! Richard performs on the UK and Paris Spoken Word circuit at venues such as Paris Lit Up and Spoken Word Paris, Talking Rhythm, Greenwich; 1000 Monkeys, Guildford and The Big Untidy Night out in Reading. He toured with PLU last Spring and his first two gigs of 2018 see him returning to Belleville in January and The Poetry Cafe in London the following month. What’s he like? Well, think of Mike Skinner meets a pan European John Cooper Clarke – delivering rapid fire vers libre readings that were prevalent in post-war beatnik circles – with a style all of his own. Not always spoken, sometimes sung, his poems cover subjects as diverse as death, dementia and desperation on the dancefloor (and that’s just the...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Cecilia Knapp

Posted on 6 Jan 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Come experience the poetry of Cecilia Knapp January 11! Cecilia Knapp is a British poet, play write and performer. She has performed all over the UK and internationally. Commissions include the TATE Britain and the BBC and she has been featured in Vogue as one of the UK’s young poets to watch. Her first show “Finding Home” was recently published by Burning Eye Books and toured the U.K. extensively in 2017. She is working on her first novel and her debut collection comes out in...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Tom Byam Shaw

Posted on 5 Jan 2018 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Calling all octopedes’ fans to PLU open mic February 1! Tom Byam Shaw is a failed philosophy student and a Cephalopoetic scholar who lives in Paris. He writes about octopuses, cannibalism, public transport, queer identity, & l̶a̷n̷g̷u̶a̵g̵e̷ . His work has been featured in Suma Lima Volumes 1 & 2 as well as the John Byrne Award website. To contact: find the nearest body of water, submerge your head, and scream until he screams...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Alison Koehler

Posted on 31 Dec 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Join us January 25 for multidimensional light beams and multidimensionaler, intimate poetry with featured guest Alison Koehler! Alison Grace Koehler is a poet, painter and maker of stained glass. Her work in these mediums is imbued with happenstance, and shards of transparency. She has curated and performed in shows for Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, The Poetry Brothel, Les Nocturnes de l’Aude, and The Edinburgh Art Festival. She makes windows and hangings for transient installations, as well as permanent art for public and private spaces. Alison lives in Paris and creates independently at Atelier Lengaï. You can take a look at her website at alisonkoehler.com photo credit: Yann...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Arthur Boyle

Posted on 28 Dec 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic |

Join us January 4 for a night of pirouetting saltimbanquesque prose with featured writer Arthur Boyle! Arthur Boyle is a Minnesotan. He did a bunch of academic things in Denver, and now he works at San Francisco Book Co. in the 6th. He was the writer for a cool project about ski racing, organized by the Colorado Ski Museum, and spent some time writing blurbs and hating life for skiing related magazines and B2B marketing companies. He uses store-brand toothpaste. He has also seen Shooter with Mark Wahlberg upwards of seven times, and seen Riff Raff live in concert twice, neither of which he is necessarily proud of, but Riff Raff was a true learning experience. If you have good questions I bet he would enjoy hearing them. Also he is looking for an apartment, preferably a single, but...

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