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Bowery's Best Kept Secrets - The New Kids

  • Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery New York, NY 10012 USA (map)

If you come by regularly enough, you'll notice that a table forms when artists make friends. At first, it'll be among strangers, evolving into friends and colleagues in the art of poetry. The following poets featuring this night exemplify the community-building, bond-forging, and art-pushing that can happen at Bowery Poetry. They are part of a "regulars table" that is a wonderful representation of the voice, artistry, and the spirit of who we are. These poets have not had the opportunity to have a feature spot at an event with us, and strut more than one poem, but that all changes tonight!

Come catch the work of these Bowery favorites - part of our Best Kept Secrets selection - The New Kids. These up-and-coming artists will spit fire, summon spirits, and illuminate the darkness with their truth. It'll be a night of feel-good work, for poets, by poets, with poets, their friends, and fam.

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Doors: 5:30pm
$10 at the door, $5 with student ID, $8 in advance

J Cartwright Metje
Tess Spiegel
Frankie Fry
Kira Stevens
Alaska Holly Tarkon
Casper Marshal
Kelsey Lane Dunn

About the features:


Performance Poet. Grown in Moscow -> Harvested in Prague -> Shipped to NYC and ready for consumption. Undergraduate at Pace University. Winner of Bowery Poetry Club’s Monday Night College Slam. To be published in Swimming with the Elephants Publications. Here to feel big things, tell big stories, and listen to the lovely and ugly of the world. Frankie's work is created through a multicultural, feminist, queer lens.


Casper is a queer and nonbinary college student who aims to spreads positivity and strength everywhere they go. As a former creative writing major, they claim to have been better at writing fictional stories than poetry, but has recently found a soft spot for it thanks to PUPS (Pace University Poetry Society). Being the Vice President of said club, and meeting so many amazing people as a result, Casper is determined to continue sharing their stories in hopes that people will feel less alone in their struggles and (mis)adventures.


J. Cartwright Metje is a student at NYU studying Psychology and Creative Writing. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, he has come a long way to pursue his dreams in New York.


Kira Stevens graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology and a minor in creative writing. She is now working in the health & fitness industry in New York City while also applying to MFA programs. She is a visual artist and a self-published author of a poetry chapbook available on Amazon. You can view her work on Instagram and on her blog:


Kelsey Dunn is a second year law student, part-time poet, and full-time cat lady. She started writing in elementary school, but didn’t discover her love for spoken word poetry until college. When not in the library, you can find her at Bowery!


Holly Tarkon grew up in (surprise) Alaska, she has a degree in musical theatre from a junior college in Texas and is currently studying film at NYCDA. she fell in love with poetry from a very young age and just started performing it last year. She likes nerdy things and avocado.

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Later Event: November 19
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