Last week Paris Lit Up welcomed special guest and local writer Jason Stoneking on our stage as well as a host of other writers, poets and musicians. Performers in the first round included: René singing La Jeunesse on his untuned guitar, Amanda (first time reader, a.k.a. virgin) telling about her Kung Fu heartbreak, followed by some Moe poems and the Syrian poet Maysan reading They are able only because they think they are able. Ciat gave us a musical interlude about hospitals and airports with his Me & Peter Pan and L’Insassisable sang in Arabic and French. Marie reminded us that Feminists can fall in love too and Oscar took us back to Rimbaud. Finally, our special guest Jason Stoneking investigated consumerism, irony and his Howl hat.
Round Two welcomed: Blue Wit, Zach reading Lisa Robinson and Rilke, Ryan rehearsing for the next PLU Comedy, Shannon Cain looking for PLU volunteers and reading about her sister’s trip to Paris. Alison poemed some Stainless glass, Flavie was Singing my song, Maxx held the Holy Grail, Dúnlaith (Irish virgin) with some beautiful poetry, Chris (too, virgin) asked Where were you last night, David Sirois read his poem from PLU n°2, Container. We closed out the evening with María Christina‘s short film about writing love letter to potential employers and our special guest, Jason Stoneking, getting stoned on LSD (see the video!).
Jason Stoneking is an American writer living in Paris, France. He has published two collections of poems: Double Edged Pen (Fresh Hell Books 1997) and no demon no god(Onestar Press 2000) and four collections of essays: Audience of One (In Libro Veritas 2011), Audience of Twelve (Happy House Books 2012), Sifting Through (2014), and Audience of None (Happy House Books 2015). He has also released an album, in 2001 as the frontman of the eponymous garage-punk band Stoneking, and has written and directed two short films: Larry’s Big Break (2006) in which he also starred, and Knock Knock (2008) starring Joanna Miadowicz and Andrew Shemin. His band was the subject of the 2009 documentary The Stoneking Project by Richard Dailey.