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Backroom Broadsides: Poetry and Spoken Word

  • 594 Palisade Avenue Jersey City, NJ, 07307 United States (map)

Guest readers this month are Maggie Dubris and Josh Didriksen. There will be an Open Mic pottion before the guest readers (5 min limit per reader). 

Maggie Dubris is a New York City writer and composer who also worked for 20 years as a 911 paramedic for St. Clare’s Hospital. She was one of the responders on Sepember 11, 2001. Her poem, “WillieWorld," first published as a chapbook by Richard Hell's Cuz Editions, is now available as an ebook.She has produced several books including Dust Zone, Skels and Weep Not, My Wanton. Currently at work on a non-fiction book about St. Clare's. She is also working on a collaborative project called Hieroglyphic with the artist Sang-ah Choi, and recording a CD of songs that mix live, sampled, and electronic sound. She played guitar and wrote songs for for the all-female band Homer Erotic, performing at NYC clubs and festivals in Tampa and Las Vegas. In 2010 she was awarded a NYFA fellowship in music for her soundscape work, which has been featured as the sound element in The Vanishing Birds Project and The Vanishing Oceans Project, collaborative installations created with the artist Linda Byrne that have been exhibited in New York and Pittsburgh. She is currently employed as a professional hypnotist and a paramedic on film and TV sets. She has a black belt in karate, and works part-time for Kids Kicking Cancer as a martial arts health care worker.

Joshua Ralph Didriksen is a Jersey City Artist, Photographer, Designer, Writer and human man. He has been producing artwork seriously for four years with support from his father, who is a writer, and the other better writers in the Jersey City Heights based writing group of which he is a member. His work has been published in a variety of independent publications including The Charleston Anvil, Supergods, Reality Beach, and Varsity Goth. He is 6'-1" with dark hair and his mom says he is handsome. Joshua has self published a variety of books, zines, and other pamphlets, including FABULOUS MEAT CITY, a book of photos and writings about the human body, and Temples and Pyramids an urban landscape photobook paired with quotes from Erich Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods? He also records, produces, and edits the weekly podcast The Tough Questions where him and his girlfriend dissect, analyze, and debate various fuck, marry, kill scenarios. He usually reads his poems off his phone but tonight he went to Kinkos and printed them out.

Later Event: August 2
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