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Philostoria (An Open Mic With A Twist) featuring Simone John

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

Bowery Poetry presents: Philostoria! An open mic with a twist!
Hosted by Julius Omega Baltonado
Featuring Simone John
Sign up at the door! Doors open at 5:45!

Bowery Poetry is the place for poets, and that also means this is a place for your voice, your art, and your STORY. At Philostoria, we want to bring you the stories that shape the art, the vision, and the heart of every poet that shines their light into the world from our stage here at Bowery Poetry. We want to build a community of poets, which not only showcases relevant work, but also uncovers the person behind the poems! 

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HERE'S THE TWIST: Before each performance, the host will ask the poet to join them on stage, and the poet will be asked a simple question: what's your story? The host will also have a list of prepared, totally intrusive, random, insightful, philosophical, or food-related spotlight questions for each person, to help the crowd get to know the poet better before each performance! 

In the interest of equal-opportunity intrusiveness, at the end of the evening, the crowd also gets to head to the stage to ask the host some spotlight questions of their own!

It's an open mic, and so do you! Just remember - it's 3 minutes per person!

So - WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Join us at Philostoria and tell us all about it! Tell your friends, or better yet - come by and bring them with you!

About the feature: 
Simone John is a poet, educator, and facilitator based in Boston, MA. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College with an emphasis on documentary poetics. Her poetry has appeared or been reviewed in Wildness, The Boston Globe, PBS Newshour, Bustle, and elsewhere. She is the Associate Director of Organizational Equity Practice at Trinity Boston Foundation and the Chief Creative Officer of Hive Soul Yoga, a community wellness business.Testify is her first full-length book of poems. Find her online at and on twitter at @simoneivory.

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