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Events May Scratch Night: Lo Nuestro

May Scratch Night: Lo Nuestro

Hosted by Raquel Salas Rivera & Zach Blackwood

May 13, 2019

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Monday, May 13 at 7pm

The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.

Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance. This month, lo nuestro es vulnerabilidad. Our thing is vulnerability. Artists include: Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Candy Alexandra González, Dave G, and p.e. garcia.

1. Lo nuestro being our thing, being what’s ours, being what we and only we understand, not as in private property, but as in belonging, belonging sideways, or finding our way into belonging and making communities, being in community already, or both. 2. Lo nuestro being a monthly poetry series with a lineup of poets of color. 3. Lo nuestro being organized by Raquel Salas Rivera and co-hosted by a different poet each month. 4. Lo nuestro being regular, but not fixed, having a rhythm, but not uniform, changing time, not just within time, making time new.

Join us at La Peg before or after the performances. La Peg has Happy Hour food and drinks specials 5-7pm and Happy Hour food only specials until closing.

60 minutes

Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation

Featured Photo: Noah Friedman

Please note: Christina Olivares will no longer be able to perform in this Monday’s Scratch Night.

About Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera es la Poeta Laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Fue la recipiente inaugural del Premio Ambroggio, por su libro x/ex/exis y la Beca de Laureada, ambos de la Academia de Poetas Americanos. Del 2016-2018 fue co-editora de la revista literaria The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi corazón, una colección bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos. Es la recipiente de becas del Instituto Sundance, el Centro Kimmel para las Artes Performáticas, el Centro de Poesía de Arizona y CantoMundo. Cuenta con la publicación de seis plaquetas y cinco poemarios. Su cuarto libro, lo terciario/the tertiary, fue finalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 y fue seleccionado por Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot y Publishers Weekly como uno de los mejores poemarios del 2018. Es finalista para el Premio Literario Lambda a una obra de poesía transgénero del 2019. Su quinto poemario, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), fue publicado por por Birds, LLC en el 2019 e incluye arte creado por Mariana Ramos Ortiz. Ama y vive por Puerto Rico, Filadelfia y un mundo libre de la supremacía blanca.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize, for their book x/ex/exis, and the Laureate Fellowship, both from the Academy of American Poets. From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. They have received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. They are also the author of six chapbooks and five full-length poetry books. Their fourth book, lo terciario/the tertiary, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist, and was selected by Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot, and Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry books of 2018. It is a Finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Their fifth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019 and includes art by Mariana Ramos Ortiz. They love and live for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.

About Zach Blackwood

Zach Blackwood is a poet and an Artistic Producer at FringeArts. He is the author of SEXY UNIQUE HOLLOW POINT forthcoming from glo worm press in June 2019. He has poems published in Peach Mag, Occulum, Bedfellows Magazine, Maudlin House, and elsewhere. He is available on the world wide web @blackwhom.

About the Artists

Photo by Les Talusan

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a poet, visual artist and author of the poetry collection, City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2019). Born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US, she is a former public interest lawyer supporting economic justice for survivors of family and intimate partner violence. A recipient of the Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, Sham-e-Ali’s poetry has appeared in Apiary, Dusie and Mizna, and can be found in anthologies, including Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008).

Candy Alexandra González is a Latinx visual artist and poet from Miami, Fl. They came into poetry writing during a letterpress printing workshop at Penland School of Craft in 2015. Since that pivotal workshop, Candy Alexandra has adopted poetry as a healing tool. Their poetry invites readers to witness moments of unpacking and unlearning internalized oppression. Candy Alexandra received their BA in Romance Languages and Literature from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 and their MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in 2017. Their poetry has been published in The Wanderer, Caldera Magazine, Recenter Press and Paperback Literary Journal. Candy Alexandra was a finalist for the Center for the Book Arts’ 2017 Chapbook Competition.

Dave G is a writer, performer and actor born and raised in Philadelphia. His poetry is the tumultuous product of baptist preaching, hip-hop culture and tireless introspection. In 2017 he received his BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University and won a championship at the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2018 he became the champion of the Philly Pigeon, The Fuze: Philly Poetry Slam and was ranked 4th in the world at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam. Dave is currently touring colleges across America, working on his debut chapbook of poems and trying to discover the best recipe for Top Ramen.

p.e. garcia is an editor-at-large at the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. Previously, they’ve been a contributing editor at the Offing and Awst Press and an online editor for Hunger Mountain. They earned their MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. Originally from Arkansas, they currently live in Philadelphia, where they are a PhD student in Rhetoric at Temple University.


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