Cambridge Writers Workshop Literary Cabaret

May 19, 2012 - 6:00 PM

Ceol (21+)
191 Smith Street


Come explore our literary treasure boxes and find dashes of dialogue, discussion quenchers, prompts ripe for picking, and other surprises.  Your hosts Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Jillian Brall will be calling up volunteer readers/performers to the mic every ten minutes for interludes of poetry, 45-second rants, character sketches, and the like. This is a literary masquerade where you don’t know which character from which century will make the next appearance!

cambridge_dianaDiana Norma Szokolyai’s chapbook of poetry and photographs, Parallel Sparrows, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (November 2012). She is also author of Roses in the Snow (first runner-up for Best Poetry Book, 2009 National DIY Book Festival). Her handwritten sketchbook for The Fiction Project was recently digitized by the Brooklyn Art House Co-op, and her work has appeared on the front page of The Boston Globe, Lyre, Lyre, Dr. Hurley’s Snake Oil Cure, Up the Staircase, Teachers as Writers, The Dudley Review and Area Zinc Art Magazine. She is co-director of the Cambridge Writers’  Workshop and co-founder of Chagall Performance Art Collaborative. She lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY.

cambridge_ritaRita Banerjee is a writer and PhD Candidate at Harvard University. She has been published in Poets for Living Waters, The New Renaissance, The Fiction ProjectDesiLit, Catamaran, The Crab Creek Review, The Dudley Review, Objet d’Art, Vox Populi, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure, and Chrysanthemum. Her chapbook Cracklers at Night received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival. Her novella, A Night with Kali, was digitized by the Brooklyn Art-house Co- op. She is a co-director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, and has been featured on KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.

cambridge_gregoryGregory Crosby‘s poems have appeared in Court Green, Epiphany, Copper Nickel, Leveler, Ping Pong & Rattle, among others. He is co-curator of the long- running EARSHOT reading series and is co-editor, with Jillian Brall, of the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre.

cambridge_leahLeah Umansky is a New Yorker by birth, a teacher by choice, and an anglophile at heart. Her first book, “Domestic Uncertainties,” is looking for a home and is currently working on her second untitled manuscript. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton, her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in Adolescent English from Hunter College. She is a recipient of a 1-week fellowship at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. She has been a contributing writer for BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG, a poetry reviewer for The Rumpus and a guest blogger for The Best American Poetry Blog.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Barrow Street, Women’s Studies QuarterlyPing Pong, Cream City Review, The Paterson Literary Review. She is also the Host and Curator of COUPLET: a poetry and music series on the Lower East Side of NYC.  Read more at her blog.

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