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International Poetry Festival feat. Carl Watson & Yann Rousselot

June 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us this year for one full week of national and international slam poetry competitions. Over 100 poets from around the world will converge on Belleville and compete for both the World Cup of Slam as well as the French National Grand Slam titles. In addition, numerous events and readings will take place throughout the week. Paris Lit Up is the proud organizer of the following events:*

Carl Watson & Yann Rousselot

For one night only, and at the bargain price of FREE, internationally renowned poet and novelist Carl Watson and emerging writer and translator Yann Rousselot will take to the stage of Culture Rapide on Saturday, June 6th at 17h30 for an evening of poetry, comedy and spoken word magic. Hosted by the wild and rambunctious Jason Francis Mc Gimsey. Be sure to come early for a good spot as space is limited.



Carl Watson is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and critic. He grew up in Northwest Indiana and has since lived in Portland Oregon, New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Paris. He has traveled extensively in India and other parts east of the Atlantic. He currently splits his time between NYC and an old barn in the Catskill Mountains. Watson has written cultural criticism and reviews for various journals including The Village Voice, NY Press, Downtown, Tribes, and The Williamsburg Observer. He is the author of several books of fiction, including Bricolage ex Machina (Lost Modern Press), Beneath the Empire of the Birds (Apathy Press), The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts (Autonomedia), and most recently Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, a novel published by Sensitive Skin Books. He has also published several collections of poetry, including Anarcadium Pan (Erie Street Press), Living for the Ecstasy Sect, Confessions of an Aspirin Eater, The Green Man (Apathy). His latest collection, Astral Botanica, is published by Fly by Night Press, the imprint of A Gathering of the Tribes. He has been published in various journals including Sensitive Skin, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Degraphe, and others.

The novel Hotel des acts irrevocables and the short story collections Sous l’empire des oiseaux and la vie psychosomatique have been published in France by Gallimard, and Vagabonde, respectively. Vagabonde press will publish the novel Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, hopefully next year.

Watson received the Kathy Acker Award for Fiction in 2012.

Watson wrote his PhD dissertation on the autobiography of the outsider artist, Henry Darger. He continues to work with Darger’s manuscripts while publishing articles about his work. He teaches literature in the CUNY system, most recently at Baruch College.


Dawn of the AlgorithmYann Rousselot is a translator, writer, and poet. He grew up in airport lounges and diplomatic enclaves with his brothers, his sister, and countless cheap suitcases, raised across the globe by humanitarian parents. He has been published in Paris Lit Up Magazine, AUP’s Paris/Atlantic Magazine, Thought Catalog, and the Belleville Park Pages. He lives, writes, and performs spoken word poetry in his adoptive city of Paris.

Dawn of the Algorithm, Yann Rousselot’s debut collection of poetry, is a bestiary of octosharks and dinosaurs, zombies and pathogens, mecha robots and common mortals.

These monsters were raised on a diet of TV tropes, movie clichés, book snippets, and video game storylines. Some have beating hearts, others interlocking mechanical parts. They are forces of human nature, genetically engineered with a single purpose: to herald the apocalypse.

Building on user-friendly motif and imagery, Rousselot draws acute, playful but painful conclusions about twenty-first century Earth. He paints a darkly comical portrait of humankind, a species plagued by heartbreak and alienation, yet driven by hope and, at the very core, a burning desire to connect.


*Download the complete program here


June 6, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Culture Rapide
103 rue Julien Lacroix
Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France
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