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Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2 Launch Party

Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2 Launch Party

A huge thank you to everyone who attended this event! Paris Lit Up, our Thursday Open Mics, our Magazine and everything we do wouldn’t be possible without your continued support!

If you couldn’t make it, take a look at the excellent photos from Anni Maarit Photography


The wait is finally over: we are proud to announce the launch of the long-awaited Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2!

Back with a boom, Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2 is much more than a simple repetition. Now with 200 full-color pages, a stunning semi-transparent dust jacket and nearly 100 contributors, this independent publication truly testament to grassroots DIY publications. It is available in both print as well as 2 digital versions, including a new multimedia ibook format that includes special video content. Poetry, short-stories, flash fiction, photography, artwork, interviews and even comic books: Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2 has something for every connoisseur of contemporary writing.

100TPC-LogoThis year we are launching our magazine in celebration of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change day, a worldwide event celebrating peace and sustainability and to call for serious social, environmental and political change. Join hundreds of thousands of poets, writers, artists and musicians in demonstrating that another world is possible through collective, grassroots organizing. Stay tuned to this website for more details and fun surprises.

Hangar 56

We will be graciously hosted by Hanger 56, an autonomous artist squat in the heart of Paris’ bustling 11th arrondissement. Beyond actively participating in the evening, they will be providing a full-service bar at prices that are truly populaire.

The evening is free and open to all and will include readings and performances by any number of our magazine contributors, musicians, artists and activists participating in 100TPC and the sounds of DJ Sven Löve! Anyone wishing to read a poem, sing a song or otherwise contribute to the evening is encouraged to arrive promptly at 20h and get themselves onto the list!


…oh, and be sure to bring 10€ for the magazine!


September 27th, 2014
20h ’till late
Hanger 56
56 ave Parmentier
75011 Paris
m° Parmentier/Saint-Ambroise/Rue Saint-Maur

Although you should always expect the unexpected, here is some info about what you’ll probably see, in some random order, during the evening:


Margo Berdeshevsky is author of two poetry collections, Between Soul and Stone, and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press) and a book of stories, Beautiful Soon Enough, recipient of Fiction Collective Two’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award, (University of Alabama Press).

Phoebe Blackburn is British and lives in Paris where she currently teaches English. In 2012–2013 she made a nine-month trip around Asia and Russia. She organized an exhibition of photographs of dustbins at France’s sustainable development salon and in a gallery in April–May 2014.

Helen Cusack O’Keeffe is a Paris-based novelist/playwright. She was first published in Strangers in Paris.

Louisa Dunnigan has been published in the Rumpus, the Believer, the Oxonian Globalist, and the Bastille. She lived and worked in Paris and now does the same in London, without the beautiful view.

Constance Bradburn is a classical singer, stand- up comedian, and writer. She left Chicago and came to Paris 40 years ago to pursue a career in opera, singing with the Paris Opera for 30 years. She writes regularly for the Opera magazine.

Alex Manthei is editor in chief of Two Words For, an online creative literary and arts publication.

Emily Ruck Keene came to Paris to study Philosophy. She has degrees in English and French, and Comparative Literature. She works as a journalist and translator, and co-hosts the Paris Lit Up weekly Open Mic. You can find her at @ EmilyRuckKeene or

David Leo Sirois was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Madawaska, Maine.


Moe SeagerThe Paris Jazz Poetry Quartet – Moe Seagar – voice, Alicia Nikki Horton – guitar and bass, Tuesday – sax, Armando Assouline – percussion. These three musicians  have played together in many different bands in Paris but this will be their debut onstage as  a trio. Moe Seagar is a performance poet and Paris Lit Up Open Mic regular. Alicia Nikki Horton is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, plating guitar, bass, piano and drums. Armando Assouline is a professional freelance percussionist working in various projects throughout France. They’ll be jamming on their own original materials as well as accompanying any performer with their hot jazz sounds.


James JewellJames Jewell is an author, singer songwriter, poet and writer, originally from Pennsylvania. He has spent much of the last two years living in Paris. Here, he has been inspired by writers and poets, from Shakespeare and Co. and Poets Live, to build a body of poetry and short fication. Sometimes he performs traditional folk and bluegrass on his trusty ‘ol guitar with other people, sometimes he just plays with himself.


DJ SvenAfter being a DJ for more than 15 years in Paris and all over the world, DJ Sven Löve decided to focus on writing. He loves writing short stories and has plenty of them in his bag. He has also co-written with his sister, the well-known French film director Mia Hansen-Löve a script for a feature film titled « Eden ». It is the fourth feature of Mia and is being premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s a fiction based on Sven’s souvenirs.



AristotolesExcellent literature will give you quite the appetite, but at our Launch Party there’ll poetry for all the senses, including your tastebuds! You’ll have the chance to transport your palette to Latin America and beyond with a selection of tacos and tapas fresh and handmade on the spot by our guest chef, Aristoteles Garcia Barrera. A professional chef specializing in Latino-Fusion cuisine, Barrera is has lead internationally renowned kitchen teams in restaurants all over the world including his native City of Mexico, Toronto and Berlin.


Anni Maarit


Anni Maarit Photography – Although everyone is welcome to film, record and take pictures at the event, be sure to smile if you come across Anni Maarit, the official photographer of the evening! Anni is a Finnish architect who dropped designing buildings and moved to Paris (because why not, it’s Paris) and now spends her time with being a photographer as well as filming various things.

Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2

Editors: Annie Brechin, Louisa Dunnigan, Emily Ruck Keene, Jason Francis Mc Gimsey, Kate Noakes, Helen Cusack O’Keeffe.

Contributors: Mark Adams · Robin Anderson · Matthew Appleby · Burl Baer · Samuél Lopez-Barrantes · Sohini Basak · Jo Bell · Margo Berdeshevsky · James Bird · Phoebe Blackburn · Constance Bradburn · Annie Brechin · James Brookes · Matt Bryden · James Byrne · Matthew Caley · Claudio Calia · Travis Cebula · David Cooke · Helen Cusack O’Keeffe · Sarah Dawson · Stephan Delbos · Cathy Dreyer · Frank Dullaghen · James Dunbar · Louisa Dunnigan · Claire Dyer · Martin Figura· Thor Garcia · Hugo Gibson · Liz Greenfield · Tucker Grindstaff · Hélène Guétary · Sven Hansen-Löve · A. F. Harrold · Sierra Hatcher · Lin Heggem · John Hegley · Simon Hodgkinson · Wella Maria Hong · Pierre Joris · Beth Keehn · Wendy Klein · Anita Olivia Koester · Jane Lewty · Anni Maarit · Harry Man · Alex Manthei · Pansy Maurer-Alvarez · Marcus McAllister · Jason Francis Mc Gimsey · Stuart Mckenzie · Kate Noakes · Alistair Noon · Annie Prossnitz · Sheenagh Pugh · Alex Rieser · Calum Rodger · Yann Rousselot · Emily Ruck Keene · Beth Scaccia · David Leo Sirois · Iana Sophia Sirois · Remi Slade-Caffarel · Hugh Smith · Paul Stephenson · William Walrond Strangmeyer · George Szirtes · Alex Tassot · Lily Taylor · Kevin Tosca · tragicoptimist · Vivienne Vermes · Tim Wells · Lesley Wheeler · Cecilia White · Adam Wiedewitsch · P.V. Wolseley · Stephen Troy Yorke · Liz Young

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Paris Lit Up Press (September 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISSN: 2270-1214
Product Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 1,5 cm
Shipping Weight: 0.5 kg

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