March 30, 2012

FIRST TUESDAYS Poetry with Christi Shannon Kline, 4/3

Hello!

Pencil us in to your Poetry Month - coming up in just a few days!

We are celebrating with Christi Shannon Kline on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7pm.

Sign-up for the reading will start at around 6:45pm, and readings begin at 7:15-7:30pm.
The reading will be held at Terraza Cafe - on Gleane street and Roosevelt avenue, off the 82nd street stop on the 7 Train! You can find directions here.

Arkansas native, Christi Shannon Kline is a New York-based poet, playwright, and performer and member of Actors' Equity Association and The Dramatists Guild. Christi's poetry first premiered as part of a political ballet, SLIPPERY PEOPLE, which she was commissioned to write for a dance company in residence at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Her play, REUNION, a drama in the Southern Gothic style, was presented at the National Conference on Adoption in Manhattan in 2010, and subsequently at The Drilling Company Theater, with Christi playing the leading role. 

Christi will be reading from her debut book of poems, No Child More Perfect, published by Nirala and receiving strong notices. Author and JHPF board member, Richard Jeffrey Newman says: These are poems of real courage, and so they are also poems of hope. It is a wonderful thing that Christi has brought them into the world. And Marie Ponsot, winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award, saysWatch out! Christi Shannon Kline's poems are original. She speaks her mind: ordinary and desperate, frank and unfaked and full of feeling. The poems sing, and we welcome their freshness. 

Christi is grateful for the creative and supportive haven provided by the Jackson Heights Poetry Festival as many of the poems from her new book were first heard on First Tuesdays, where she has been inspired not only by the featured readers but by the commitment and passion of the other 'regulars' who come to share new work and encourage fellow participants. 

Find more information about Christi at www.christishannonkline.com.
We hope to see you soon!

JHPF

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