Hot winter nights down at PLU Open Mic with the sizzling words of US slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo and a whole troupe of performers. Charlie introduced the night with a rhymed invitation to the stage, preparing his camera to immortalize the moment. René, opposition candidate in the #Putingrad elections, called out his opponent with a TV ad: vote this Saturday! Kelly came back (!) after Boarding a boat in Calais, but despite her Split attention between NY and Paris held on to her memories of her love-struck trip from Vienna to Paris. Lara, a virgin persuaded into giving herself over to PLU by Anita (who has a piece in PLU Magazine n°3) read us one of her Copper stories. Dave Fitzpatrick, first-timer, recited Neruda’s 20 (in English) by heart, followed by Alex, yet another virgin sacrifice, who played us a sweet Rustic shack on his guitar. Finally, our special guest Elizabeth Acevedo, PLU Mini Writing Resident, shared pieces of her life as a young black Dominican raised in the Big Apple. Check out the video here:
Thomas, fresh off the boat from India, gave praise to honorable beasts with his Ode to a Hummingbird, but then asked the audience to Hit me. Danica, virgin poet, asked What would you do for a dollar? Ciat (pronounced “Meow”) busted out his rocking ukulele and belted out My life in pictures, my life in flames. Maysan dedicated The tavern’s Venus to the Poetry Brothel of Paris and then our Paris slam champ Winona threw down the glove with her Knock-off Pocahontas, challenging everyone to step up at the next PLU Slam competition, February 18th. Sue read a couple of sonnets, one dedicated to Ted Berrigan. Conor’s Irish accent got down and dirty with Clobber news (?) (i.e. cow shit) and finally Christina taught us How to be in Paris with a couple of videos from her YouTube series.
A final late night trio laughed us home: Fred, host of PLU Comedy, chuckled the crowd, Rosa told tales of Domenican Irish Tinder romance in Paris and Ania tried to take someone home with her Late night dating in the rain.
The Paris poetry scene gets a special treat this week, courtesy of Paris Lit Up Mini Writing Residency’s guest Elizabeth Acevedo! Coming all the way from the good ol’ US of A, she’ll also facilitate a generative writing workshop The Wound Needs a Witness on Saturday, January 23rd at Berkeley Books of Paris.
Drop in on Thursday to hear her perform and, as always, Open Mic sign up starts at 20h: it’s free and all types of artistic expression are encouraged.
Elizabeth Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Notre Dame Review, Callaloo, Puerto Del Sol, Poet Lore, andBeltway Quarterly. Her manuscript, Blessed Fruit & Other Origin Myths, was a finalist for Yes Yes Books’ chapbook poetry prize and will be published in the fall of 2016.
Acevedo is a an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C, where she lives and works.