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Paris Lit Up 4 Magazine!

Posted on 29 Jun 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Crossing cultures, breaking boundaries, liberating languages: Paris Lit Up is back with the fourth edition of its flagship publication. In Paris Lit Up Magazine n°4, readers will enjoy a variety of talented, transnational writers and artists who go beyond national, cultural and linguistic limits to explore the trans-. True to this collaborative spirit, this issue also includes special contributions curated by Ivy Writers Paris and Poets Live. Continue your support of independent, non-profit literature and art and get a copy today! Visit our online press page here. Editors: Edward Bell, Emily Ruck Keene, Jason Francis Mc Gimsey, Tasha Ong, Helen Cusack O’Keeffe, Stephanie Papa Guest Editors: Jennifer K. Dick (Ivy Writers Paris), Malik Crumpler (Poets Live) Contributors: Kathryn Aldridge-Morris • Gary Allen • Lucy Anderton • David Attwooll • Michael Augustin • James Berg • Khairani Barokka • Barbara Beck • Sujata Bhatt • Kimberly Campanello...

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PLU Open Mic featuring David Robert Brimat

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Featured, News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

David Robert Brimat, aka DRnB, is a performing songwriter from the USA. Born and raised in New York, he went to Archbishop Stepinac high school in White Plains where he joined the vocal arts and performed for Disney. Having graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in Spanish Education, he went on to win awards from the NAACP ACT-SO competition for poetry and drawing. His debut album, Revival of Lost Love, was released in February 2008. His second album, Mental Metamorphosis, came out on 12-12-12. He is working on his third album. Contact Info Social Media – DRBlyricsofLove Email –...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran

Posted on 23 Apr 2017 in Featured, News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was a masterfully acted trip to a Great Britain of yesteryear with the astoundingly vivid and funny portrayals of working class brits by Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran. There was a lot of music in round 1, kicked off with Yvan singing a song about a sitar asking to be played by a young boy. Darshana played his song “Useless Man”. Rebecca read a poem about chickens, all sorts of chickens, in strange and not-so-strange situations, and one about her friend Leslie. Ash Orphan did a splendid version of Radiohead’s “Creep”, making it hard to believe the only instrument accompanying him was his guitar. European Son kept the music going with his song “Rio de Janeiro”, then another one “Bourgeoisie”. Krishna did the only stand-up routine of the evening, joking about vegans and what zebras are....

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Paris Lit Up EN TOUR: some feedback

Posted on 10 Apr 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

We asked some of the troupe to give us some thoughts about this year’s Paris Lit Up England tour. Here’s their brutal feedback…           Elia Cohen, aka Rorsha “Art, like knowledge, love and amazing puns, is better when shared.” As I was in the bus going « home », it dawned on me that we are living the times of our live(r)s, and also that I should be awarded a prize for best 2017 written pun. First of all: Thank you very much for this opportunity and the overall organisation of what will stay one of the best memories of my life. It is all so true and proven, over and over during this tour, that art like knowledge, love, and amazing puns is better when shared. In coming years we’ll need words of courage, patience, some amazing...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017: SYNOPSIS

Posted on 8 Apr 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

As we do every year, a bold and brazen group from Paris Lit Up went to wow England with our words and music. Why? Because the PLU philosophy is a borderless one, and we believe that the more one absorbs, the better one becomes as an artist and person. PLU is nothing without its web of creative connections, and this web has to be fostered and fed. This year, our troupe included Richard Earls, Isabelle Lorion, Elia Cohen (aka Rorsha), Dom Stevenson, Maysan Nasser, Ed Bell and Emily Ruck Keene. We were joined along the way by other members of our creative community, for 8 events over 7 days in London (x 3), Guildford, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon and Oxford. London saw us first perform near Oval, at Bar 48, where the Fourth Friday Open Mic has relocated while the...

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Paris Lit Up at Bar 48 in Oval, London

Posted on 25 Mar 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Last night the tour began in earnest and we learned that our team has impeccable timing: literally as Emily was introducing the PLU project, with two absentees, Elia and Maysan arrived (see photo), bags on backs, “fresh” from the bus, to be thrown on stage and knock the good people of Oval’s socks off. Bar 48 welcomes Fourth Friday in a new setting due to renovations at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.  An Eritrean restaurant – which Emily and Ed would go on to eat with their fingers – the room was lit up with fairy lights and words. Dominic Stevenson, having enjoyed his 45-minute hike from Brixton station to Oval, opened the show with his northern rhetoric and Richard Earls told us that it was not “do or die”.  Elia reminded us not to leave fires unattended...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017!

Posted on 28 Feb 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is off once again* to visit her neighbour across La Manche, to read, write, sing and dance across England with a merry band of artists, and hopefully you too. London, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon, Oxford and Guildford…we’re coming for you. If you’re near any of these venues, come join us, we’d love to see you!   MARCH 24: Fourth Friday ,  Bar 48, Brixon, London, 8pm. MARCH 26: Sun At Night London, St. Leonards Church. Shoreditch High St, London, 6pm. MARCH 26: Live at the Stage Door, 28-30 Webber St, Lambeth, London, 8pm. MARCH 27: 1000 Monkeys, The Keep Pub, Guildford, 8pm. MARCH 28: Presence Open Mic,  The Miners Arms, Mina Road, St. Werburghs, Bristol, 8pm. MARCH 29: Rhyme and Reason, The Bath Brew House, Bath, 7.30pm MARCH 30: Words and Ears, The Swan, Bradford on Avon, 7pm....

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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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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 never charged a dime for any of our activities and we’ve always operated through transparent, consensus-based community efforts. And now we need your help!  After this last tragic year in France, it has become more important than ever for writers from diverse backgrounds and nationalities to find space for their voices and their words. So, in order to publish the fourth issue of our annual journal and...

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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 to Portland, a deadly goose and being mugged by a Disney princess. Finnish Chris might have had a 0% battery problem, but still managed to tell us a *sweet* tale about his friend and some polar bears, which the surprisingly large Scandinavian crowd seemed to enjoy in particular. VIRGIN Erwin pulled out some of his own beautiful fiction about a couple...

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